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Developing countries hunger for connectivity to boost their economies and welfare

The World Bank estimates that for every 10 percent increase in high-speed Internet connections, a country’s gross domestic product rises by 1.3 percent.
Aerial view of large industrial operation in mountainous land (© Cerro Verde/Lance Lundstrom)

This Peruvian mine produces clean water for Arequipa

The Cerro Verde copper mine built a wastewater treatment plant for Arequipa, Peru, solving the town's clean water needs as well as its own.
Person handling tomatoes at market stall (© AP Images)

For small farmers in East Africa, a new tool for getting...

A new digital platform called 2KUZE is set to revolutionize how farmers get their goods to market in East Africa and make more money for them.
Large pipes at a pumping station (© AP Images)

Trump administration approves new pipeline

The U.S. gives the green light to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast once complete.
Illustration of man hammering water tap into cloud (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Harvest rainwater, help the environment

A Mexican group, Isla Urbana, is collecting and cleaning rainwater for households, schools and health clinics, and changing lives.
Girls in a classroom

Building a new world for the new millennium

At the turn of the century, as much as 10 percent of the world's children died before they reached their fifth birthday, and one-fourth...
Indian girls using mobile phones (AP Images)

Want to help end poverty? There’s an app for that.

How can I best help the poor? Could I survive as a refugee? The British website Training Zone picked five mobile learning apps that...

Can a hashtag change the world?

The hashtag #2030now received over 1.6 billion Twitter hits as people around the world followed the events at the 2015 Social Good Summit in New York City.

Can they make a flag so big it will be seen...

Imagine a giant version of the South African flag — 66 football fields long and big enough to be seen from space — made of 2.5 million desert plants.