to the first issue of our new magazine,
,profiling some of the most innovative ideas coming out of the Global South that havethe potential to change lives. Based on the successful e-newsletter “DevelopmentChallenges,South-South Solutions”, produced by the Special Unit for South-SouthCooperation in UNDP since 2006, these stories show a vibrant, inventive South thatinstead of seeing obstacles in the lack of dependable electricity and shortages of tele-communications infrastructure, see opportunities for innovative solutions. Thesesuccess stories culled from across South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle Eastprofile entrepreneurs, public private partnerships and civil society efforts to meetthe challenges of life in the modern world from the perspective of the developingworld.
This first issue of
showcases the transformative role thatmobile phones and information technology have played in the developing world overthe past decade.In searching out these stories of development progress that span the globe, wehave seen instances where home-grown ingenuity and technologies to solve every-day problems offer real solutions, as in the case of
Maker Faire Africa
We are alsolooking for those stories that have far-reaching applicability, as in the case of
—a crisis-mapping technology developed in Kenya that has gone global.
These snapshots of Southern triumphs also show a generation concerned aboutmeeting the Millennium Development Goals and it is our hope that they spur
others to action.In each issue of
, you will find stories to inspire the next gener-ation of Southern pioneers and visionaries with contact information included forfurther follow-up.
We have attempted to provide the most current information pos-sible, but given the quick pace of technological change and the inevitable birth anddeath of private enterprises, this is not always possible.
We will continue to updatelistings on our website: www.southerninnovator.org and are happy to enlist your helpas you encounter old or broken links.Cosmas GittaEditor-in-ChiefSouthern Innovatorwww.southerninnovator.org
Apps to innovations to pioneers
Facts and figures
Whatis goingonacross theSouth?
Mobile Phones &
Information Technology Issue
How these tech tools can aid in the push to meet the MDGs
Amagazine celebratingSouth-South innovation
ISSUE 01MAY 2011
Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme