Author: Staff Reports

When discussing foreign aid, Japan is thought of as a nation that is conservative with its finances. Yet its international aid wallet, though not as well-endowed as it once was, ranks fifth in the world by total monetary volume. More importantly, the philosophy of Japanese foreign aid–of non-intervention and self-help, held up by the weight of history–holds valuable lessons for its counterpart in the United States, another generous global patron. In 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toured a circuit of southeast Asian countries, promising increased aid with the mantra of “quality over quantity”. This philosophy contrasts greatly with that…

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SEATTLE — From 2001 to 2014, Morocco’s consumption per capita increased to 3.3 percent, causing monetary poverty and vulnerability to decrease to 4.8 and 12.5 percent. Despite these improvements, Morocco’s rural areas still experience a higher level of subjective poverty. In 2014, Morocco’s rural poverty rate increased by 15 percent to 54.3 percent. The majority of Morocco’s rural population is comprised of Amazighs or Berbers. The Berbers are an ethnic group native to northwest Africa and predominantly inhabit the rural Middle Atlas region. Berbers are also known as nomads and typically work as farmers or shepherds. Rural Poverty Among Berber…

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SEATTLE — Niger is the second least developed country in the world, according to a 2016 U.N. report. Of the 19.8 million people in Niger, 49 percent live in poverty, 81 percent live in rural areas where food insecurity is high and 20 percent lack sufficient levels of food. Niger has a 3.9 percent annual growth rate–one of the highest in the world–and is prone to political instability and food insecurity. There are many contributing factors to poverty and instability in Niger. However, a major source compounding the situation is Boko Haram, a terrorist group originating in Nigeria. The Rise…

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SEATTLE — It is no secret that the eLearning industry has been growing. Given its ability to avoid geographic and financial barriers that hinder more traditional forms of education, eLearning has become an increasingly vital tool for both professional and academic development. As a result, expansive online learning platforms such as Coursera, MasterClass and Udacity have grown in popularity. They offer learners the resources to expand their knowledge and skill set without the financial burden. In light of this success, eLearning has been implemented more and more in order to assist with humanitarian aid. Kaya is one of these new…

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SEATTLE — Demand for lavender herb is increasing each year in Europe, North America, Japan and China as the popularity of natural products and healthcare grows, and Bulgaria is one of the world’s top producers and exporters. This growing industry is fighting poverty in Bulgaria through earned income and creating jobs, not only in farming and production, but also in tourism. With purchasing power 53 percent below the European average, Bulgaria is one of the poorest countries in the European Union. The transition from communist control has not been easy for Bulgarians, yet positive progress is happening thanks to nature,…

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SEATTLE — Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a nonprofit organization working to improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries. With a focus on advocacy, EMC informs, educates and mobilizes individuals to support global maternal health programs. EMC was founded by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington-Burns in 2010. After experiencing childbirth complications herself, Turlington-Burns directed and produced the documentary “No Woman, No Cry.” The documentary was created to raise awareness about maternal health challenges encountered by women and girls worldwide. Every Mother Counts invests in various programs that provide women around the world with accessible healthcare. Every year,…

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SEATTLE — A South African startup company called Aerobotics has begun to earn international attention in recent months. Aerobotics is a tech company focused on providing data to farmers through the innovative use of satellites, drones, AI and cloud computing. As this new technology progresses, it could significantly impact the future of farming in Africa. The Need for Modernization As a whole, Africa has a vast amount of available farmland. Unfortunately, its agriculture is held back by a string of connected problems. Much of Africa’s farmland is simply not being used. According to World Bank estimates, there is more uncultivated…

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SEATTLE — The name Paris Jackson may be familiar due to the rising model being featured on numerous magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her last name may also be familiar; her father is the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. Her father was not only known for his music and dancing, but also his humanitarian work. He donated more than $300 million to charities in his lifetime. Paris Jackson has been following in her father’s footsteps by donating her time to local and global charities. Here is a look at Paris Jackson’s humanitarian work. Paris Jackson…

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SEATTLE — Research has shown that children who live in impoverished conditions are less likely to complete their schooling. As a result, they are qualified for fewer jobs and earn a lower income. The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) aims to improve and increase the number of young people that complete their schooling, including higher education. In addition, CLF aims to better health and emergency response conditions so that health issues do not have to be a factor in not receiving an education. Background of the Clara Lionel Foundation The Clara Lionel Foundation was founded by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in 2012.…

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SEATTLE — Mexico is at the forefront of solar energy in Latin America. As a highly impoverished country, it is peculiar that Mexico has taken the lead in implementing solar energy. However, recent reforms in Mexican law have made solar energy not only a viable option, but an economically optimal one. Such reforms have cut the costs of renewable energy in Mexico, which is being seen by solar energy investors as a jumpstart for a new and thriving Mexican solar industry. These reforms are not only beneficial for already existing investors in solar energy, but also to Mexican industries that require…

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