Author: Staff Reports

SEATTLE — The World Bank has publicly stated that there is no more effective way to combat extreme poverty than to educate girls. However, in many countries, especially India, this is an oft-neglected topic; in fact, only 65.46 percent of women in India can read, compared to 79.7 percent of women worldwide. Thankfully, these five groups are making important progress in the fight for equality and ending poverty.  Nanhi Kali Project Nanhi Kali was founded by Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., in 1996, and targets girls from underprivileged backgrounds. The rationale behind the project is that if…

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SEATTLE — The suffering of the Rohingya is far from over. The United Nations released with a report on August 24 in which it stated that the Rohingya crisis is the “world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis” and that it is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Meanwhile, Myanmar’s government, which includes Nobel Peace Prize winner turned controversial de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied any wrongdoing. On September 3, it sent two Reuters journalists to jail for seven years for reporting on a massacre of 11 men and young boys in the countryside. Spurred to action by the intransigence…

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SEATTLE — In between the factory and the consumer, the two polar ends of consumption, lies an enormous number of geographic gaps to be bridged, communities to be considered and, above all, human lives that should not be forgotten. Universally, the corporation, and the production facilities and transportation fleets that it fields, all carry a potential cost. This potential cost comes in a variety of forms, ranging from environmental to human impacts. In developing nations, the activities of corporations directly impact those living in severe poverty. Corporate social responsibility is a term for the ethical implications of these colliding worlds.…

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SEATTLE — British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is best known for her roles in Belle, Beyond the Lights, the Disney live-action film Beauty and the Beast and A Wrinkle in Time. When she’s not acting, she is working with different organizations to bring about change for ongoing global issues. This includes working with the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to aid Rwanda refugees. Mbatha-Raw Visits Refugees in Rwanda to Bring Attention to UNHCR’s Work to Address the Refugee Crisis In August 2018, Mbatha-Raw had the opportunity to visit refugees in Rwanda in both the Mahama and Gihembe refugee camps. Rwanda, situated in east-central…

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SEATTLE — Karlie Kloss is a renowned model for Victoria’s Secret. Whenever she does a photoshoot, she brings healthy treats along for the crew. However, the camera crew knows that they are not the only ones receiving these cookies. In fact, by being sold to customers around the world through Karlie’s Kookies, Karlie Kloss’s cookies fight world hunger. Origin of Karlie’s Kookies Like many models, Karlie is a major fashionista. She regularly attends the annual Fashion’s Night Out, a worldwide fashion event sponsored by Vogue where products and events are offered at select stores for cheap or even for free.…

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SEATTLE — Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, passed away on August 18, 2018. His contribution to alleviating global poverty and his impact on issues of peacekeeping, injustice and hunger extended well beyond what was conventionally regarded as the U.N. mandate. Thus, Kofi Annan’s legacy endures. Global Health Initiatives Throughout his career with the U.N., Annan worked on alleviating HIV/AIDS in many parts of the world, especially Africa. Under his leadership, in 2001 the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution which identified AIDS as a threat to global security. Annan mobilized people to spread awareness and…

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SEATTLE — The United States provides foreign assistance to 96 percent of the world to promote peace, security, provide humanitarian relief in crises and stimulate economic growth. Aid levels are at their highest since the period immediately following World War II. Despite the $18.6 billion budget cut requested by the Trump administration, funding for international affairs remains at $55.9 billion in 2018, compared to $59.1 billion the previous year. The World Economic Forum listed the U.S. as the most generous humanitarian country in the world, outspending any other OECD power by an average of $10 billion. While this dollar amount…

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SEATTLE — The prevalence of air pollution in many parts of India has led to a surge in the sale of indoor air purifiers, not only in the metropolises but also in smaller towns. The rising level of awareness about the effects of air pollution and the health benefits of installing air purifiers, as well as the increase in the average disposable income of the rising middle class have led to a great demand for this product. Air purifiers are devices which clean indoor air by removing impurities such as dust particles and smoke. Outdoor models, which are placed strategically…

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SEATTLE — BanQu is providing a permanent identity-based solution for the unbanked through a ground-breaking initiative. The blockchain-as-a-service software company aims to address the issue of global poverty by identifying those who have remained anonymous in vulnerable situations. Jointly founded in 2016 by Ashish Ghadnis and Hamse Warfa (himself a refugee from Somalia), BanQu gives an identity to the unbanked by equipping the unverified with an economic and transactional identity so that they can participate equally in the global economy. How BanQu Gives an Identity to the Unbanked About 2.5 billion people worldwide have little to no access to credit and…

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SEATTLE — At the end of World War II, the Korean Peninsula was split in two, with the northern half falling under the control of an oppressive communist regime. After failing to take control of South Korea in 1953, North Korean leader Kim Il-sung adopted a policy of economic and diplomatic isolationism meant to minimize outside influence. This policy has since greatly contributed to substandard living conditions for the nation’s people. Facts About Living Conditions in North Korea North Koreans regularly fall victim to food shortages, which result as much from a lack of resources and poor farming practices as…

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