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Google’s ‘Global Impact Awards’ Having Big Impact on Africa

Google has launched the Global Impact Awards to support organizations using technology and innovative approaches to tackle some of the toughest human challenges. The Award will provide $23 million to seven organizations changing the world, of which four organisations will be working in Africa.

Technology has dramatically improved our lives—from the speed at which we get things done to how we connect with others. Yet innovations in medicine, business and communications have far outpaced tech-enabled advances in the nonprofit sector.

The four innovations from Africa benefiting from the Award include:

Charity: water: Real-time technology to monitor water and ensure it gets to more people

One in nine people across the globe lack access to clean water. At any given time, approximately one-third of water pumps built by NGOs and government groups in remote areas are not functioning. charity: water will use its $5 million Global Impact Award to install remote sensors at 4,000 water points across Africa including in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Central African Republic by 2015, monitoring and recording actual water flow rate to ensure better maintenance of and access to clean water for more than 1 million people.
Consortium for the Barcode of Life: DNA barcoding to identify and protect endangered wildlife, including in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

More than 2,000 endangered species are protected from illegal trade by UN regulations. Intercepting wildlife transferred across borders is critical to slowing illegal trade, but detection tools are expensive and unavailable. The Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for the Barcode of Life will use its $3 million Global Impact Award to work with researchers in six developing countries to create and implement “DNA barcoding,” a public library of DNA barcode tests that enforcement officials can use as a front-line tool.

Read more: CP-Africa

 

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