A man charges his phone during a demo of the JikoPower Spark prototype in Kisumu Kenya. (Courtesy photo)

‘Spark’ of Seattle idea to charge phones without electricity

The JikoPower Spark, tested and incubated at UW, is a Mad Max-looking metal cup that can charge phones without electricity, using only the heat of a fire.
Dec 2, 2016
Excerpt of a comic by Megan Kelso

Who needs access to health care?

Three comic artists illustrated the stories of people seeking treatment at a massive free health care clinic at Key Arena.
Dec 1, 2016
(Photo by Flickr user jpmatth via Creative Commons license)

5 ways to tread lightly as an international volunteer

Take it from a local Nepalese development worker: prepare, tread light and stay longer as an international volunteer.
Nov 28, 2016
Old and new: Construction rises behind the second oldest museum in South India. Multi-story buildings, once absent in Bangalore, are springing up throughout the city. (Photo by Kate Clark)

What Seattle can learn from the Bangalore tech boom

Take every Seattle problem, multiply it by 10, add seven million people and a spoonful of corruption, and you’ll get a sense of what Bangalore is dealing with.
Aug 18, 2016
Scarecrow Video (Photo from Wikipedia by Aurorasm)

Seven spaces Seattle can’t afford to lose to development

At the Residents’ Podium for Seattle Legacy Spaces, Seattleites got the chance to talk back to the people influencing our city's development.
Aug 15, 2016
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UW Ebola researcher investigated for sexual harassment, misuse of funds

University of Washington investigation describes abusive behavior and fear of retaliation in a lab run by researcher Michael Katze.
Jul 1, 2016
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Brazil’s Zika mothers are speaking out

While health experts are still scrambling to explain the link between Zika and birth defects, a generation of new mothers fight to ensure that their children have a voice
Jun 28, 2016
Women in Nepal adopted a sanitary kit program after ideas from the local community were incorporated into the project. (Photo by Good Neighbors International Nepal.)

The importance of the local in Global Health education

The classroom is the right place to practice the importance of local community input when it comes to international aid.
Jun 16, 2016
Is Bill Gates really the face of global philanthropy? Gates addressed staff of the UK Department for International Development to highlight the importance of aid in October of 2010. (Photo republished under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

New fellowship aims to diversify a very white global philanthropy field

There’s no denying the power of purse strings. Those who control money control much of the world. And that’s as true for charity work as it is for politics or business. Here in Seattle, home to powerhouses like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we understand the global influence of foundation giving. But despite its […]
Jun 10, 2016
SAFE officer Teddy Namirimu and Barnabas Bwambare, of Adapt+ Limited, inspect freshly-made briquettes. (Photo  by Edna Namara, GPJ Uganda)

Uganda green energy program also keeps refugee women safe from assault

A program that produces energy-saving stoves could keep girls and women safe and has possible benefits to the environment and fighting hunger.
Jun 2, 2016
A rally at the Honduran Mission in New York City soon after Berta Cáceres was killed. (Photo by Natalie Jeffers / Matters of the Earth)

Environmental activist’s murder spotlights spiraling violence in Honduras

In November Berta Cáceres visited Seattle to speak out on environmental exploitation in Honduras. A few months later, she was murdered.
May 18, 2016
People waiting outside of an aid distribution center at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. (Photo from Flickr by Riyaad Minty)

Threats to close world’s largest refugee camp echo in Seattle

In the wake of terrorist attacks, Kenya is threatening to close Dadaab refugee camp. That has Seattle-area refugees worried about family still living there.
May 13, 2016
A community health worker with a mom and her child in Togo. (Photo courtesy 30/30 Project.)

Mothers around the world deserve safe, accessible healthcare

The lifetime chance for a woman to die in childbirth in the U.S. is 1 in 1800; in Togo it’s 1 in 46. This is unacceptable.
May 6, 2016
Still image from the 2009 short documentary "Joy" about child and family homelessness. You can watch the full film here. (Animation by Eroyn Franklin)

How you can help the 4000 kids who are homeless in King County

Seattle's homeless crisis isn't just about adults sleeping on the streets. Here's how children are experiencing homelessness, and how you can help.
May 5, 2016
Pina Belgrano and daughter on Sunday, preparing for the “Turning the Tables” action to fight foreclosure of her Beacon Hill home. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

For Beacon Hill immigrant, American dream turned foreclosure nightmare

After struggling for eight years to keep her home, Italian immigrant Pina Belgrano took to the streets yesterday to fight the foreclosure system.
Mar 22, 2016
Why is there such a large gap in math achievement between white students and students of color? (Photo from flickr by U.S. Dept. of Education)

5 + 1 things teachers can do to close the math achievement gap

The math achievement gap between white and black students in Seattle schools is huge. Here are six ways to start solving the problem at the classroom level.
Mar 15, 2016
Midwife Faisa Farole examines Malcolm Stonehill (the author's son) at the new Rainier Valley Community Clinic, which offers culturally competent pre- and postnatal health care. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Rainier Valley midwives offer “culturally competent” care for diverse moms

In a zip code where 59 languages are spoken, pre- and postnatal care can't be cookie-cutter.
Mar 4, 2016
In Verevere Village, Ra Province, 95 percent of homes are destroyed. (Photo courtesy of Janet Lotawa)

Cyclone Winston a call to invest in Fiji’s rural economy

Building economic resiliency will be the key to helping rural Fijian communities weather Cyclone Winston.
Mar 3, 2016
Rolling rebellion sparks in Seattle to defend Internet and stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo by Rick Barry/Broken Shade Photo, republished under Creative Commons license, BY 2.0)

Are Facebook’s Free Basics for the developing world as great as they sound?

A recent ban in India on Facebook's Free Basics and similar services has reignited dialogue on net neutrality and Internet access equity.
Feb 29, 2016
A Syrian girl holds up a poster she drew “about how she recently helped someone using information or technology” during UW professor Karen Fisher’s workshop at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan in January 2015. (Photo courtesy of Karen Fisher, University of Washington Information School)

Syrian youth design dream apps at Za’atari Refugee Camp

With everything refugee families lost fleeing Syria, a new tech solution may offer Syrian youth a way to connect their pasts with brighter futures.
Feb 10, 2016