Sierra Leone

A shop owner with one of Easy Solar's lanterns. / Photo: Nthabiseng Mosia

Alumni Startup Brings Pay-as-you-Go Solar Energy to Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, only 1 percent of rural citizens have access to electricity. Easy Solar, founded by graduates of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, hopes to change that.

by |September 25, 2017
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Leymah Gbowee: Out of War, a Legacy of Building Peace

Leymah Gbowee was 17 when war broke out in Liberia. Her experiences drove her onto a path of suffering, discovery and service that led to work rehabilitating child soldiers and helping build peace, village by village, in Liberia and eventually neighboring Sierra Leone.

by |May 15, 2017
This online platforms provides country with geospatial visualizations about their natural resources, development and environmental features.

Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

Some of the world’s poorest nations have an abundance of natural resources, but also have suffered under recent conflicts. Learning how to manage these resources strategically and sustainably can help accelerate growth and development. A new web-based mapping tool may be able to help them do that.

by |May 6, 2015
Ebola worker Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Caroline Van Nespen/Medecins Sans Frontieres

Money, Power and the Media in the Ebola Crisis

The Ebola crisis has serious implications for governments, the private sector, and public messengers. To address these issues, and to assess the state of the science behind the Ebola crisis, The Earth Institute has sponsored two discussions recently.

by |November 5, 2014
A patient attempts to rehydrate himself under the watchful eye of a nurse. Photo: Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos for Médecins Sans Frontières

The Ebola Crisis: What It Means for West Africa and the World

“The Ebola epidemic … should be viewed akin to a world war whose outcome matters crucially for all of us,” said Dr. Ranu Dhillon; he and other health experts will speak at a forum on Ebola at Columbia University Monday.

by |October 23, 2014