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18.12.2013 Dear Reader,
We are delighted to transmit the first CODEV Newsletter, bringing you up to date on our projects, programs, events and call announcements.

The highlight of this edition is a new University Research Center on Energy for Health Care (CURES) that just opened in Yaoundé. EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and ENSPY (Ecole nationale supérieure polytechnique de Yaoundé) jointly created CURES to help reinforce primary healthcare systems with a reliable and sustainable supply of electricity. For details, see the news item below!

We also invite you to participate in our 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development – join us on 4-6 June 2014 in the brand new Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. Click on the news item below to discover the cutting-edge program for this conference, focusing on essential technologies. Early-bird registration is open!

Any comments or input that you may wish to offer would be most welcome, and if you have questions or need further information, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

We thank you for your interest in our activities and take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and all the best for 2014!

Yours sincerely,
Your CODEV team

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23.10.13 — A wireless sensor technology adapted to local climatic conditions tells the small producers of semi-arid regions in Burkina Faso the proper time to irrigate according to the crop’s needs, resulting in significant larger yields and water savings. Read the whole article
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17.12.13 — The 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential? will take place at EPFL on 4-6 June 2014. The conference will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development. Read the whole article
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05.12.13 — These three ingredients, which for some people equal ‘holiday’, were the subjects of a study pursued by a few EPFL students during the summer in the laboratories of the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and this, in the framework of the EPFL-UNIVALLE biannual plan. Read the whole article
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16.12.13 — The Global Programme Migration and Development of the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (GPMD of SDC) launched recently the « Communauté Tunisienne Résidente en Suisse (CTRS) for Development » project aimed at promoting socioeconomic development in Tunisia through the capitalisation on the knowledge, and the social and financial resources of the CTRS. Read the whole article
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18.12.13 — Switzerland and Cameroon are establishing a joint laboratory in Yaoundé. EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and ENSPY (Ecole nationale supérieure polytechnique de Yaoundé) will work together to develop technologies for stabilizing and improving electricity grids. Read the whole article
Author:  Corinne Waridel Source:Cooperation