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Sierra Leone

  • Building Resiliency in Sierra Leone’s Fishing Communities

    Building Resiliency in Sierra Leone’s Fishing Communities

    Coastal communities in Sierra Leone face threats from climate change, overfishing, and erosion. A new vulnerability assessment helps to pinpoint solutions.

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

    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.

  • Leymah Gbowee: Out of War, a Legacy of Building Peace

    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.

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

    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.

  • Money, Power and the Media in the Ebola Crisis

    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.

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

    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.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Building Resiliency in Sierra Leone’s Fishing Communities

    Building Resiliency in Sierra Leone’s Fishing Communities

    Coastal communities in Sierra Leone face threats from climate change, overfishing, and erosion. A new vulnerability assessment helps to pinpoint solutions.

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

    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.

  • Leymah Gbowee: Out of War, a Legacy of Building Peace

    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.

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

    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.

  • Money, Power and the Media in the Ebola Crisis

    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.

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

    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.