The present portfolio includes a huge variety of projects – from providing internet to preserving traditional knowledge – supporting some of the world’s poorest people.

Eco-friendly artificial coral reefs

A ceramic-based product used to increase fish populations as well as supporting the eco-tourism activities of local communities. This community-based product, developed by SIRIM, could have significant impact as many countries with coral reefs depend on them as a significant contribution to source of income through tourism and fisheries.

Protecting Traditional Knowledge

CSIR India have developed a Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) which digitised information in 30 million pages in five languages, from 150 codified texts in Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Urdu on Ayurveda, Unani and Sidhasystem.

Food security in Africa through collaborative research

Increasing the productivity of Africa’s farming systems is one of the most significant challenges facing global agriculture. CSIRO is working with African scientists and institutions to help them develop long term solutions. With funding from AusAID, CSIRO is leading a collaborative research program with over 30 National Agricultural Research Institutes, undertaking 13 projects across 15 countries.

Boosting industrial leveraging of Vietnam’s solid biomass fuel resources

The purpose of the project is to develop multi-fuel delivery chains for power plants and industrial boilers. Because biomass, particularly when it is agriculture-based, is very much a seasonal product, the use of several different types of biomass fuels will ensure availability all year round.

Innovation for Development

Biogas socket: rural electrification using biogas. Cooking on biogas can offer a viable local alternative to the expensive and often difficult to access fossil fuel energy sources in rural and remote areas. TNO designed an innovative method which also allows the use of biogas for the production of decentralized electricity: the biogas socket. Along with SNV,TNO are preparing to launch in Bangladesh and Rwanda.

African Local Innovation Ecosystem

The overarching objective of the project is to explore a new context for the application of science, technology and innovation for development (STI4D) and ICT4D. In addition, through creation of new observational data and analysis of broader policy frameworks, to advance our understanding of appropriate programming practices and policy approaches for the use of STI and ICT for the benefit of poor and rural African communities.

Green and Low-Cost Wireless Communication Network for Africa

Four GRA members involved in developing a low-cost wireless communication network for Africa: CSIR Meraka Institute (South Africa), CSIRO (Australia), VTT (Finland) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (in Germany and Portugal). While Fraunhofer is developing a terrestrial wireless infrastructure to bring this satellite connectivity into the wide area, Fraunhofer Portugal develops applications for targeted deployment. CSIR Meraka contributes through its experience in wireless mesh concepts, in particular the community mesh and the wireless backhaul; and CSIRO provides an efficient satellite-based infrastructure to reach rural areas.
VTT will integrate the network management concepts to take advantage of the network’s context awareness and MachaWorks will support local deployment, test and evaluation.