Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

TACOMA — Children make up nearly 35% of Cambodia’s population, and 48.7% of these children (ages 0-17) live in multidimensional poverty. Children have the right to an education, but many schools in Cambodia are structurally and hygienically inadequate. Around 10% of Cambodian children do not go to school and 45% of children ages 5-14 have to work to support their families. When faced with work at such a young age, going to school becomes a challenge. ISF Cambodia’s (Indo-China Starfish Foundation) mission is to tackle child poverty in Cambodia through education, community development and sport.   The idea for ISF…

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TACOMA — On September 7, 2023, the Government of the United States of America announced a $44.6 million joint investment into sustainable growth in Malawi, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) new partnership with Pyxus Agriculture Malawi. In Lilongwe, Malawi, USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman made the announcement of a partnership focused on increasing economic growth in the country through inclusive and sustainable methods. Included in the total $44.6 million is $14.6 million from the U.S. Government, as well as a maximum of $30 million from Pyxus, a Malawian-registered company based in the U.S. The investment is set…

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TACOMA — The historically vibrant country of Afghanistan is home to over 40 million people, holding significance for its geographical role in the Silk Road. The south-central Asian country is notable for its history of political conflict and military rule by the Taliban. In 1979, Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in support of the Afghan communist government which was against the anti-communist Muslims. In 1992, when the Soviet-supported Afghan government collapsed, the Taliban captured various provinces from their grips, gaining traction to spread their teachings and interpretations of the Qur’an. Even today, under Taliban rule, women are denied universal human rights…

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TACOMA — Togo, a small West African nation, has quietly achieved remarkable milestones in the battle against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These diseases often afflict the world’s most vulnerable populations, and Togo has emerged as a beacon of hope, becoming the first country to eliminate four NTDs. The WHO shed light on Togo’s triumphant journey recently, rewarding them for their relentless efforts to eradicate guinea worm, lymphatic filariasis, sleeping sickness and trachoma, offering a testament to what dedication, education and promoting access to clean water can accomplish. Successfully Eliminating 4 Neglected Tropical Diseases in Togo Guinea Worm – Guinea worm, also…

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TACOMA — Benin is a West African country with 77 communes. It shares its borders with Togo to the west and Nigeria to the east, and it’s located on the Gulf of Guinea. Human trafficking is a significant issue in Benin, with the country being a major source of trafficking victims for the Republic of the Congo. Since 2018, Benin has been classified as a Tier 2 country in the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), which uses the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) as a guideline to assess human trafficking levels and efforts to combat it. Looking Into…

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TACOMA — A troubling issue quietly persists in Sri Lanka: the multidimensional poverty many children face. In this context, multidimensional poverty encompasses financial hardships and inadequate access to essential services like health care, education and clean water, which profoundly affect a child’s well-being. These children often come from marginalized communities where social and economic disparities persist. Understanding and addressing multidimensional child poverty in Sri Lanka is a moral imperative essential for the nation’s long-term development, ensuring that future generations of children can realize their full potential. 5 Facts about Multidimensional Child Poverty in Sri Lanka The Multidimensional Poverty Index Report.…

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TACOMA — The Philippines continues to grapple with the complex challenge of income inequality. Although the nation has made significant strides in poverty reduction and economic development, income inequality in the Philippines, if failed to be addressed, can affect economic stability, hamper social progress and perpetuate intergenerational poverty. Reducing Income Inequality in the Philippines The Gini index measures the extent to which the income distribution among individuals and households strays from a perfectly equal distribution. A Gini index score of zero indicates perfect equality, and a Gini index score of 100 suggests perfect inequality. As of 2021, the Philippines has a…

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LOS ANGELES, California — Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, remains entangled in the grip of widespread poverty. According to the World Bank, approximately 40% of Nigerians live below the national poverty line, mainly due to a shortage of basic infrastructure. To combat this predicament, the Nigerian government has continuously implemented initiatives aimed at benefitting underprivileged citizens across its land. To this end, the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) proposed the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) in 2021 which has already benefited more than 2 million locals one year later. Rural Roads Programme As a part of the NPRGS in Nigeria, the…

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TACOMA — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a government agency that provides aid and development assistance to countries around the world. In Nigeria, USAID has implemented several programs that aim to address key development challenges and promote inclusive economic growth, improve health and education outcomes and support democratic governance and civil society. Power Africa: Expanding Electricity Access in Nigeria USAID’s Power Africa program is focused on increasing access to electricity in Nigeria. The program works in collaboration with the government, private sector and civil society to accelerate the development of new power projects and improve the…

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TACOMA — The second country, after China, to report a COVID-19 case, Thailand has experienced tumultuous economic and social fluctuations following the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020. Thailand was particularly impacted in late 2020 and early 2021, during which the nation suffered from high unemployment rates, reduced incomes and increased food insecurity. Consequently, the pandemic plunged an estimated 800,000 people into poverty in Thailand. Exacerbated Economic Ramifications At a glance, Thailand’s GDP fell by 6.1% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thailand saw an eight-point decline in unemployment in urban areas and based on a 2020 World Bank survey, 50% of…

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