See how a smartphone light affects your brain and body

Watch collapsipble 24-inch projector which pops open like an umbrella

The SPUD projector is a spontaneous pop-up display which is compatible with smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

The inventors say it can be taken anywhere and that it's possible to set up in just 10 seconds.

Find out more about SPUD at 

You can now buy a gold-plated Donald Trump iPhone

The maker of the gold-plated Vladimir Putin iPhone has a new addition to its Supremo collection, which celebrates "great men." You guessed it: president-elect Donald Trump.

The custom iPhone 7 has a gold back with an engraved portrait of Trump along with his tagline "Make America Great Again," and the coat of arms of the United States. The phone, which is made by the Russian-Italian company Caviar, costs about $3,082 (197,000 rubles).

Caviar made waves in 2014 when its gold-plated Putin phone, of a similar design, was passed around the internet (the company now has a few versions of that phone). The company said buying a Putin phone was "the best way to express patriotism."

"President Vladimir Putin has become a symbol of the new generation, strong-willed and a decisive leader," the company said. "Caviar jewelers chose him as among the most important figures of our time."

Caviar hopes to get one of its new Trump phones into the hands of Trump himself. "We will do everything possible to bring the phone to Mr. Trump," the company told Lenta.

But don't expect Trump and Putin to call each other with iPhones emblazoned with their own faces, however. Putin congratulated Trump on his election win using an old-fashioned telegram.

International Summer Research & Service-Learning (Tanzania & Vietnam)

Research in Action: Tanzania & Vietnam

A course in Advocacy Research and Ethical Service

Summer 2017

Providing hands-on student learning opportunities, to augment what they learn in the classroom, is a hallmark of Central Washington University. CWU’s International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI) is now actively seeking participants for a new nine-week international research and service summer program. This program, Research in Action, will be piloted in summer 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania and Hanoi, Vietnam.

“It will focus on service-learning, along with international Advocacy Research, methodologies, and practices for ethical cross-cultural engagement,” explained Matthew Zielsdorf, ISDI associate director.

Program participants will be CWU students and peers from other universities. Students will receive academic credit through CWU’s junior level sustainable development course. It will include four week-long online modules and five-week in-county fieldwork; it will be taught by CWU faculty.

The Research in Action program will provide CWU students with the opportunity to engage in ongoing research on a variety of topics—from mosquito-borne illnesses to women’s rights. In addition, the coursework will address cultural dimensions that affect research approaches and practices in international settings. The cultural dimensions of the course will be tailored to the unique destinations of Tanzania and Vietnam.

“The students' work will also impact the communities in which they serve—conducting research to help affect positive social policy changes,” Zielsdorf added. “When they return to Ellensburg, the participants will be able to integrate their research into their studies here or present at SOURCE.”

ISDI, part of the university’s Office of International Studies and Programs, developed the program though a strategic partnership with IPSL Study Abroad + Service-Learning Programs, an established leader in sustainable international service-learning and ethical Advocacy Research.
Learn more about this exciting summer program. ISDI and IPSL will host four online open houses:

November 29, 2016
3:00 to 4:00 PM PST

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You can also dial-in using your phone: (646) 749-3122
Access code: 427-035-277

January 31, 2017
10:00 to 11:00 AM PST

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You can also dial-in using your phone: (646) 749-3122
Access code: 651-810-317

March 1, 2017
12:00 to 1:00 PM PST

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You can also dial-in using your phone: (646) 749-3122
Access code: 421-058-621

April 13, 2017
4:00 to 5:00 PM PST

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You can also dial-in using your phone: (646) 749-3122
Access code: 917-055-933

For more information contact Matthew Zielsdorf ([email protected]) or visit

Business Development Manager, 2 positions, Tanzania & Uganda

BURN designs, manufactures, and distributes aspirational fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world. BURN has revolutionized the global cookstove sector by proving the business case for selling a high quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized cookstoves. Since 2013, BURN has sold 200,000+ high quality, locally manufactured and unsubsidized jikokoas ™ stoves in East Africa. These stoves have helped 1,000,000+ beneficiaries save $39 million in fuel expenditures and 626,221 tons of wood while reducing indoor air pollution by 65%. BURN currently sells ~10,000 stoves per month and intend to double sales by the end of 2017.

We are looking for two people to join the team and drive the sales expansion into Tanzania and Uganda. These people need to be dynamic and have a real can-do attitude. They will be key members of the sales and marketing team and will work closely with the VP Sales for East Africa.

Roles and responsibilities:

• Strategy: Develop and present the country’s Sales and Marketing strategy.
• Management: Manage 20 person Sales and Activation Team
• Business Development: Develop new sales channels.
• Account Management: Manage existing distributor relationships / customer accounts and develops new ones.
• Marketing: Working with our VP of Sales and our VP of Marketing, develop innovative marketing campaigns to drive sales through retail, MFI, distributor and corporate channels
• Forecasting: Assist in sales forecasting; develop and track the budget for country sales and marketing.
• Reporting: Produce monthly reports for the senior management team and Board of Directors highlighting trends, marketing effectiveness, and opportunities for growth.
• New Product Development: Advise the product design team with respect to new product development and market needs and wants.

Desired Skills & Experience:

• 4 years sales and marketing experience, preferably in FMCG or Consumer Durable Goods.
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• High level of comfort working with business clients
• Enthusiasm, creativity, and a desire to ‘sell for good’
• Consumer product sales experience
• Experience managing teams
• An ability to laugh and not get too frustrated by the challenges that come with working in Africa!

Desired start date: Early 2017
Salary is commensurate with experience
Send any applications to [email protected]

National consultant to support gender mainstreaming into Tanzania Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) Programme


The United Republic of Tanzania aspires to become a middle-income country by 2025 through industrialization for economic transformation and human development. Since 2007, the country has recorded sustained growth of more than 6 per cent per annum and notable progress in human development has been made, as reflected in the improvement of the Human Development Index (HDI) from 0.352 in the 1990s to 0.488 in 2013. However, despite sustained economic growth, the poverty rate has only marginally declined from 33.3 per cent in 2007 to 28.4 per cent in 2012, and 43.5 percent of the population is still living on less than $1.25 per day.

While poverty in Tanzania is particularly pervasive in rural areas, it is also feminized, and in 2013 the Gender Inequality Index ranked Tanzania 123 of 149 countries with a score of 0.553, implying significant gender gaps in human development. Women, particularly in rural areas, are often disadvantaged in terms of access to employment, health services, education and decision making processes. At the same time, inadequate coverage and coordination of social protection interventions continue to leave poor men and women vulnerable to disease, job loss or other catastrophes, despite recent commendable progress in social protection provision in Tanzania. These shocks and risks are experienced and dealt with differently by men and women, because of their specific roles and responsibilities in the family, community and society.

Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) was initiated in 2000 by the Government of Tanzania as one of its initiatives on poverty reduction anchored to the Poverty Reduction Strategies. The implementation of the first two phases of TASAF achieved impressive results in facilitating community access to social services through infrastructure projects such as schools, health facilities and water points reaching 7.3 million people in TASAF I and 16.1 million in TASAF II. Moreover, in TASAF II community based conditional cash transfers (CB-CCT) were piloted in the three districts of Bagamoyo, Kibaha and Chamwino targeting extremely poor households (below the food poverty line) to encourage targeted households to invest in nutrition, education and health.

Based on the success of TASAF I and TASAF II, in 2013 the Government of Tanzania decided to design and implement the Tanzania Productive Safety Net programme (TASAF III–PSSN). Direct beneficiaries of the TASAF PSSN Programme are poor and vulnerable households living in Project Area Authorities (PAAs) identified as chronic poor and it targets people living below the food poverty line. The households benefit from a combination of basic and conditional cash transfers, wages through participation in labour intensive public works; advice and support concerning savings and investments. The programme was initially expected to support 275,000 households in five years (2013-2017), but in 2015 the programme was scaled up to over 1.1 million extreme poor households.

While the PSSN programme does not explicitly aim to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, gender concerns are to some extent integrated into the program. Women are for example identified as the recipient of the cash transfer on behalf of the household, and are offered flexible working hours for the public works programme. However, there is a need for more knowledge about the impact of the PSSN on gender roles and dynamics in the communities and within families. Additionally, there is a need to ensure that gender concerns are integrated into all components of the PSSN Programme. Therefore, UNDP is recruiting an international and a national gender specialist on behalf of TASAF. The gender specialists will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Programme Specialist and in close cooperation with the TASAF Executive Director and TASAF Management Unit.

The gender specialists will support TASAF to conduct an assessment of the gender dimension of the PSSN programme, including capacity of TASAF staff at the national, regional and local levels. The assessment will take as its starting point a review of existing studies and analysis in the area. Based on the assessments, the gender consultants will develop a gender equality strategy and action plan for TASAF, including recommendations on how gender can be mainstreamed into all components of the PSSN programme. The strategy will also identify the requisite capacity needs of the national, regional and local levels of the government to address gender-specific concerns. The consultants will develop and test a series of training modules on the practical dimensions of gender responsive programming for TASAF staff at the national, regional and local levels.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Review existing studies and analysis on gender-sensitive social protection programmes, including the baseline study on the impact of the PSSN on women’s empowerment;
  • Conduct gender assessment of the PSSN programme, institutional framework and capacity of TASAF staff at national, regional and local levels;
  • Conduct interviews with TASAF staff, PSSN beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders in selected districts;
  • Develop gender equality strategy and action plan for TASAF in close collaboration with staff and stakeholders;
  • Provide recommendations on actions to ensure that gender is consistently integrated into all areas of TASAF and the PSSN programme;
  • Develop and test a series of core training modules on the practical dimensions of gender responsive programming for TASAF staff at the national, regional and local levels;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent report writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills.
  • Fully computer literate.
  • Fluent in the English language and good proof reading skills.
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision to meet short deadlines.
  • Commitment and drive to achieve challenging goals, and problem solving attitude.
  • Ability to identify client needs and deliver them promptly and accurately.
Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in gender studies, international development, social sciences or related fields.
Experience and qualifications:
  • At least 7 years of experience in gender mainstreaming, gender-responsive programming, gender training;
  • Proven experience combining formal expertise on gender mainstreaming and gender equality with experience of applying these concretely to specific programmes, plans, policies and organizational processes;
  • Experience in conducting gender analysis and capacity assessments in developing countries, preferably in East Africa;
  • Familiarity with social protection concepts, approaches and programming;
  • Knowledge of and experience in social science research methods;
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills;
Language requirements:
  • Excellent command of English and Swahili (oral and written)
How to Submit Proposals:
  • Proposals should be submitted to [email protected] e-mail address not later than not later than Friday, 25 November 2016;
  • Applications with no financial offer or missing P11 form and CV or the required documents for the technical evaluation will not be considered for evaluation;
  • All necessary information for this post (TOR, Deliverables, Target dates, etc. are presented in the ICPN) therefore applicant must download it from the following link:
  • Each email should be less than 8MB; emails over this size will not be received to the above mentioned account;
  • Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the e-mail address [email protected]