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Assessing current infrastructure and designing a smart solar solution to energy provision in the State of Odisha. Vision: Odisha the leader in green energy PROBLEM Bhubaneswar aims to be the Green City of India. It was the first choice of the Ministry of Urban Development’s (MoUD) flagship Smart City project. A year later, it featured in the top 20 global cities of the world in the Global Smart City Performance Index 2017, according to a survey by UK-based Juniper Research. Whilst Bhubaneswar is performing well across multiple areas there are also inherent weaknesses in the cities infrastructure, culminating in the city failing to perform in follow-up Smart City assessments and it experiencing negative publicity in handling climate effects in 2018. There is an inherent need to overhaul their existing energy infrastructure. The government is aware of this and has committed funds to allocate towards private sector organisations with innovative means to increase solar energy in the city and the greater state of Odisha.

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Biodigester to utilise agricultural waste in food production. Vision: Sustainability in food preparation PROBLEM - 3 Billion people around the world still cook over open fires. - 3.8 million people a year die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution - Smoke inhalation from household cooking is the second largest contributor to ill health in the world - Exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia and is responsible for 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children less than 5 years old. PE Ventures has worked in Fiji and Timor-Leste in the cooking stove and cooking fuel space for two years. Our research has found that education and understanding of effective cook stoves and fuels is limited and thus developed a more effective cook stove for those still using biomass. In having success with this design, PE Ventures intends on assessing whether this proven product can be translated across into the context of India with an additional focus on the potential use of a bio-digester (research and Intellectual Property of University of Adelaide).  

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Access to socially beneficial assets through access to capital Vision: Decentralised bridge of capital between the developed and developing world PROBLEM Financial inclusion is a severe limitation for the Malawian economy, as only 18% of adults have access to a bank account, with only 6% of the nation’s population having access to formal lending. Savings is also a major issue: 54% of Malawians don’t have savings, with the major cause due to lack of money after expenses (Lee, Research Summary). Malawians are alienated from formal financial services with the major issues being: - Lack of collateral - High-interest rates - Fear of indebtedness - Low/irregular income Formal financial institutions provide some capital, but this is usually limited to those with a strong history of financial information. If consumers do not have an adequate financial history, they are either rejected or are charged high interest rates. Organisations external to the commercial banking system, such as FINCA (for-profit business) and Umunthu Microfinance (charitable organisation) have tried to provide access to finance to these communities, however it remains difficult for individuals to obtain loans through these organisations. Without the opportunity to expand their businesses or pursue economic opportunities, Malawians are hampered in their capability to improve their financial situation and increase their income. Whilst some ingenious solutions have been created locally such as village banks (a collaborative effort by a community to distribute loans to their community), these organisations often cannot meet the demand among their communities, nor issue large-scale loans.

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Smart Computing Framework to mitigate Nutritional Deficiencies Vision: End Stunted Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa PROBLEM Stunted Growth- More than 26% of preschool children in Kenya, 33 % in South Africa, 37 % in Nigeria and 40% in Malawi are stunted, in other words short for their age. This condition represents a chronic form of undernourishment in early life and leads to irrecoverable physical and mental development. Mothers in Malawi culture are entrusted as the provider and manager of a household’s food. Malawi is one of the least developed and most impoverished countries on earth. Mothers here experience a high level of pressure and anxiety in trying to meet household demands of securing a sufficient amount of food, understandably resulting in a lack of prioritisation of a healthy nutritional diet. In the Nancholi district, mothers speak about their desperation in knowing that their diets don’t provide them with enough nutrients despite their best efforts. Further, mothers discuss the sacrifices they faced due to these circumstances. For example, one mother spoke of the conflict she faced in deciding if it would be best for her to eat their limited supply of nutritious food or if it would be best to ensure her children have a nutritious diet and exclude herself, risking her ability to care. Over-exertion in trying to acquire enough money or farm enough crops is a pain point that mothers struggle with. There is a sense of guilt or personal dissatisfaction if, despite working additional jobs or spending longer hours farming, their desired amount of nutritional food was still lacking. Mothers feel a lack of broad or direct support from institutions and other stakeholders that operate in the nutritional space. While motivated to make changes to improve nutrition for the sake of their families and themselves, they described that there are simply no avenues they could take..

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Artificial intelligence and big data driven platform to deliver expert health decisions to sub-Saharan Africa. Vision: Expert health advice in Africa's pocket PROBLEM Every day, the people of Malawi’s rural communities have to make health decisions with profound ramifications on themselves and their families. When seeing a clinician means walking for three hours but not seeing one could mean death, having no medical expertise is disempowering and stressful, and as often as not the wrong decision is made. Similarly, decision makers passionately working to improve their people’s health are making the best decisions they can, but are left frustrated and saddened by needing to do it in the dark, without the information those in the developed world have such easy access to.  

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Bridging the gap between small to medium businesses in developing countries and loan providers . Vision: Thriving business ecosystem accessible to all. PROBLEM Business owners struggle to understand the information required by loan providers to be approved for a loan. As a result, they often have significant delays in getting their loans approved, or receiving rejection, due to the documentation needed. On the flipside, lenders and financial institutions find it difficult to risk profile their customers, as many of them don’t have the financial reporting and accounting information necessary to justify taking the risk of working with them. PEV aims to improve access to capital for small to medium businesses and consumers seeking to get loans.

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In Phase one: 1. You must outline the basic concept of your idea and what the end state will look like 2. You must state what the process would be, what resources you would require (this can be in the form of a timeline, a mind map, a graph or in written form) 3. You must state what resources in terms of human, financial, material, or otherwise you require to make this work (ensure this is realistic if you're not sure of Project Everest's resources, provide "Gold", "Silver" and "Bronze" levels of resources available. "Gold" being the best outcome and "Bronze" being the minimum required for you to be able to achieve an outcome). To move into the "voting phase": - your idea must have an average of 3 stars or higher - your idea must be in line with our aims to create a socially beneficial good or service or, - be in the best interest of moving one of our existing projects forwards - be in line with lean-start up or realistically achieved with the resources that PE has In Phase 2: No more ideas can be submitted during this period. However, questions (in the form of comments) can be asked and the justifications/answers will be taken into consideration by other voters and the judges that decide which ideas move forwards. Each user can allocate up to 10 points to an idea, but can only vote on 5 ideas. So you will need to prioritise where you put your points.

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Welcome to your virtual discussion forum! This is the space to help you collaborate and connect with other Leaders and Trekkers. Whether it may be tips and tricks or general advice…we want you to share your expertise and have fun here.

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Overview: Access to health services across the globe is essential to a functioning society and economy. In developing countries, a general trend is that of over-crowded and under-resourced medical facilities as well as poor education of the population on how to better access health services and advice.  Project Everest aims to reduce access barriers to health advice through mHealth applications (https://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/definition/mHealth)

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Assessments Agriculture

This is a space for collaboration surrounding the Timor and Malawi Agriculture projects.  These projects are all about understanding the nature of agriculture in Malawi and Timor, exploring the opportunities that exist.  Having conducted this activity in other countries, we will be focusing on the viability of our experimental farms and whether there is a good product-market fit for the existing FarmEd model. Watch this space for updates from the team and be sure to share your ideas or post questions.

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FarmEd Agriculture

The aim of this project is to develop practical solutions and product/service plans for the use of drones for collection, preprocessing and storage of aerial data and assess whether the implementation of such a service would be viable and scalable in the long term in a variety of different facets. See more for task breakdown.

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FarmEd Agriculture

The aim of this project specifically is to collaborate with farmers to continue to ascertain the right kind of processes and information that we should include in the application. See more for task breakdown.

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Environmental Sustainability Assessments

SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY The rocket stove aims to address multiple issues across health, quality of life and environmental sustainability. Environmental Sustainability – Deforestation is an issue across the globe and residential use of wood for cooking is a large contributor to the cutting down of trees in developing countries. Removal of trees reduces the Earth’s capacity to process the carbon dioxide released from human activity. Additionally, this “stored” carbon is then released when combusted. Carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide is released in the burning of wood – when inefficient combustion occurs, black carbon is emitted. Black carbon is one of the top contributors to global warming. Health – Respiratory issues associated with cooking are estimated to result in over 4.3 million deaths per year. Current methods of burning fuels for cooking are inefficient, cause a lot of smoke and production of harmful gases. Quality of life – The smoke from inefficient combustion also results in significant discomfort during cooking, causing itchy eyes, coughing and carbon (soot) on the walls and roof.

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The baseline assessment tackled the "Empathise" and "Define" stages of the Design Thinking process. The team collected both quantitative and qualitative data to gain a holistic understanding of not only the issues present, but also of the culture and people more generally. The biggest issues were across agriculture, health, finance opportunities, fuel and energy. Given a lack of rainfall in the dry season, a single harvest is relied on to supply food for the whole year, leading to food security issues. Reliance on maize to provide sustenance leads to a lack of crop rotation and dependence on fertilisers. Given a lack of rainfall in the dry season, a single harvest is relied on to supply food for the whole year, leading to food security issues. Reliance on maize to provide sustenance leads to a lack of crop rotation and dependence on fertilisers. Health services are limited not just by the facilities, but access barriers to the services as a result of cost and geography. With transport costs being one of the major issues. Education has limited the population's understanding of maths and thus effective budgeting of finances: input vs output etc. Access to financial help is limited and with high interest rates, employment opportunities are far and few between at very low pay. Wood and charcoal dominate the energy sphere with alternative energy sources rare and/or unaffordable. As a result, deforestation is a key concern. Given most food in Malawi is cooked, fuel forms a significant part of their non-disposable income. Energy is inconsistent, expensive and doesn't reach far beyond the immediate vicinity of the main cities - impacts of lack of energy affect people in numerous ways, from agriculture to economic opportunities to education. It must be noted that the initial Baseline Assessment was focused on surveying a cross-section of the urban-rural villages in the Nancholi area. Therefore, this has by no means uncovered the full extent of issues in Malawi. Surveying and analyses of other communities may yield different insights and implications.

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SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY Sustainable Development Goal Targeted: Sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production Waste Management Consulting aims to address several issues in emerging economies: Health effects- lack of reliable government waste disposal results in harmful, toxic air due to the burning of rubbish. This negatively affects the living conditions of people residing in high density urban areas, the cities which house the majority of the population. Families and young children are particularly susceptible to the negative health impacts of frequent burning rubbish. Environmental degradation- waste disposal that does exist in developing countries mostly results in landfill without any consideration of alternate methods. Within developing countries like Timor-Leste there is no concept of recycling let alone operational practice. At this stage there is no sustainable way to repurpose materials in Timor-Leste as an example. Social degradation- ineffective waste management creates an eyesore in cities, reduces the attractiveness of the locale for tourists/foreign investment and sucks productive time in removal or processing. Beachside and streetside restaurants and hotels suffer from loss of customers due to the litter and burning outside. Workers in industries dependent on the environment, like scuba instructors depend on marine systems, suffer as their place of work deteriorates over time.

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Social Consulting

We're trying to figure out a way to sustainably offer consulting services to entrepreneurs in developing economies. 

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Electrifying Malawi through affordable solar home systems Vision:  Transform access to energy in Africa PROBLEM Without lighting or power, you are unable to do simple things such as read at night or charge a phone. However, this is the reality for ~90% of Malawians who do not have access to electricity - this is one of the lowest rates of electrification in the world. Even for those who are connected to the grid, power outages are a regular occurrence, making it an unreliable source of power. Philip, a local, sums up the situation: “Electricity in Malawi isn’t reliable. I would struggle to even cook sometimes because I have no light to prepare my meals. I would end up losing motivation and skip dinner that night”. PE Ventures has assessed the supply, quality and cost of energy sources in Malawi, and is providing clean, safe affordable energy alternative in the form of solar power.

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FarmEd

Technology enabled solution for smallholder farmers in developing countries that improves farming practices and yields. Vision: Food security for the 475 million smallholder farmers around the world PROBLEM Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40% of today's global population. There are about 475 million farms less than 2ha in size. These smallholder farms operate on 12% of the world’s agricultural land and produce 80% of the food that is consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the world where food security and stable income are still inadequate (Bayer, 2018). In addition to unpredictable weather conditions that greatly affect crop quality and often wipe out entire fields, farmers rely on traditional farming practices which although effective, are often not the most efficient. They have limited resources to ensure soil health (such as pH) which if managed properly can have a drastic impact on the produce quality. Finally, farmers suffer from a lack of available and easy to interpret information about pest and disease management for their crops. Several farmers have informed PEV throughout the interview process that historically they have used Mortein as a pest management technique which has great implications for the health of their families and other potential consumers of the produce.  

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This is where you speak and we listen. You're invited to submit ideas and information on absolutely anything that isn't about a specific project. Here is where you can post about a proposed project, impact assessments, risk assessments, design thinking, our methodologies and more!

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