Rural development

RELX,

Environmental Challenge, August 2019.

RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers, has announced the winners of the 2019 RELX Environmental Challenge. The Challenge supports innovative solutions to improve SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).
Elsevier,

Journal of Business Venturing,  In Press, Available online 14 June 2019. 

Directly contributing to SDGs 1 (no poverty), 3 (good health and well-being) and 8 (decent work and economic growth), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning article offers an understanding of the processes whereby entrepreneurship can improve life circumstances in poverty contexts.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 517-518.

Directly contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), this perspective piece discusses sociocultural constructs and patterns within sub-Saharan Africa surrounding cancer. There remains a stigma around cancer which continuous to risk women with cancer loosing their source of livelihood or family support.
Elsevier,

A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Energy Systems With Special Focus on Photovoltaic Systems, 2018, Pages 81-107.

This chapter advances goals 9 and 7 by discussing sustainable solar energy generation and storage for rural sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the ‘circular economy’.
Elsevier,

Chem, Volume 4, Issue 11, November 2018, Pages 2644-2657.

This research presents the implementation of a flexible solar flow battery device which holds the potential to accelerate large-scale deployment of solar technologies, providing off-grid electrification to remote locations, developing SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 1 (no poverty).

Stockholm – RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, has announced the winners of the 2018 RELX Group Environmental Challenge which supports innovative solutions to improve sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The $50,000 first and $25,000 second prize winners were recognised during World Water Week in Stockholm, a unique annual event bringing together water researchers, policymakers, journalists, companies and non-profits to address the key water challenges of the 21st century. 

Girl drinking water
Contributes to Goal 6. The RELX ​Group ​Environmental ​Challenge 2018 ​is now open for applications, awarding projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation. There is a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry.
Elsevier,

Global Food Security, Volume 15, December 2017, Pages 94-107

Contributing to SDG 1 and SDG 2, this paper shows that despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, little progress has been made in reducing the number of people living on between $1.25 and $2 a day and it provides updated estimates of rural and urban poverty for regions throughout the developing world. Social protection programmes are a key way for governments to support the poor. Secondly, agricultural input subsidies are a key government tool for boosting agricultural production, especially that of smallholder farmers. This paper is one of the first to examine both social protection and agricultural input subsidies in alleviating poverty.
West Africa has the highest proportion of married adolescents, and the highest adolescent childbearing rate and maternal death rate in sub-Saharan Africa. Using data from 19 211 women across 13 west African countries, this survey-based study reports that while many adolescents use some antenatal care for their first birth, they seek care later, make fewer visits during pregnancy, and receive less comprehensive care than older first-time mothers.
This study makes important links between SDG 2, SDG 5 and SDG 13 through its examination of how husbands and wives within the same household perceive climate risks and use group-based approaches as coping strategies. The findings indicate that options for adapting to climate change closely interplay with husbands' and wives' roles and responsibilities, social norms, risk perceptions and access to resources. A higher percentage of wives were found to adopt crop-related strategies, whereas husbands employ livestock- and agroforestry-related strategies.

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