Earlier this year when I presented at a Youth Forum at the UN, I felt inspired to be sitting in the same seats as decision makers. But this week at the Multi-stakeholder Forum for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the feeling was different – that I could influence decision makers. Influencing decisions and policy means translating … More Influencing UN policies: the art of people-watching
According to our recent study at CU, engineers like ourselves that are involved with engineering service are much more likely than other engineers to be motivated to study engineering in order to help others1. We are a uniquely motivated bunch of engineers. We want to use engineering to provide community development and serve others’ basic … More The Problem of Unchecked Motivations
In a recent article featured on Devex, Amy Lieberman sat down with several leaders in engineering education to discuss how programs and content are shifting. Dr. Bernard Amadei, Co-Director of the Mortenson Center, was one of those interviewed and shared some thoughts on the matter, “The field of engineering is changing. It’s no longer focused on the … More Beyond the Basics – Global Engineering Education
No education in humanitarian engineering would be complete without a significant experience in a developing community. At the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities, this objective is fulfilled through the Sustainable Community Development Field Practicum, which is a critical component of the EDC curriculum. The practicum provides students with hands-on experience that requires them … More Sustainable Development Field Practicum: A Fundamental Part of the EDC Curriculum
We wanted to share with you the news of this upcoming Technology Salon event in Denver on February 10, 2015, which asks the question: How can technology improve international development? This gathering will ask whether new technology (in particular, information and communication technologies) will accelerate the social and economic growth of the developing world, or whether … More Technology Salon Denver: How Can Technology Improve International Development?
Did you know that 2015 is the United Nations’ Year of Sustainable Development? The UN has announced a slate of seventeen sweeping Sustainable Development Goals that aim to change the world: to end poverty and ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe food and water; to improve health and nutrition; to bring about gender equality and to … More The Year of Sustainable Development
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected CU’s Dr. Revi Sterling as one of the sixteen individuals to be recognized in their “Sixteen Days: Proﬁles for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.” This campaign is designed to honor survivors of gender-based violence and those who advocate on their behalf. You can read Dr. … More USAID Recognizes Revi Sterling of CU’s ATLAS Institute in “Sixteen Days” Campaign
What is the definition of success for a development project? Is it simply “not failing” or is it something more? Does it – should it – require survival, or, more than just survival, growth? If so, how do we define and measure that growth? This blog post at the Stanford Social Innovation Review suggests that professionals in … More A Donors’ Charter As A Tool For Better Oversight of Projects in ICT4D
Welcome to another year at the Mortenson Center here at CU-Boulder! We hope you had an interesting and relaxing summer vacation and have arrived on campus invigorated and excited to teach and to learn. This summer, Professor Paul Chinowsky was in the news twice talking about climate change, its impact on infrastructure, and strategies to deal with … More Welcome Back!
A combined sewer system (CSS) is one in which both storm water and sanitary sewage are collected and conveyed in the same system. Some 700 United States cities rely on such combined systems to handle waste water issues. It doesn’t take much imagination to envision potential problems for such systems, especially in light of the … More Green Infrastructure vs. Gray Infrastructure