Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

SEATTLE, Washington — Since 2015, South Africa knew it would have to work faster to develop its sustainable agriculture sector. South Africa was one of many countries to sign The United Nations COP21, a treaty to agree to work towards reducing each nations carbon footprint. Sustainable agriculture in South Africa would not only help lead the country in the direction of a lower carbon footprint but it would also help local farmers. Challenges in Lowering South Africa’s Carbon Footprint South Africa is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. It is one of the world’s largest producer of gold, chromium…

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PHILIPPINES — The Philippines faces serious hunger and poverty. Conflicts between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Filipino government in addition to the frequent natural disasters have only intensified the existing food insecurity. These top 10 facts about hunger in the Philippines will shed some light on areas that need improvement as well as areas where the country has been successful. Top 10 Facts About Hunger in the Philippines The Philippines’ Global Hunger Index (GHI) is currently 20.3, ranking the country 69 out 119 and placing it under the “Serious” category in the Global Hunger Index. Although, this number…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Much has been said about athletes in the news, most of it shines a negative light. However, there are several athletes in the world using their influence to help. The following charitable nonprofits were not only founded by athletes but are still working toward achieving their lofty, charitable goals across the globe today. Pujols Family Foundation Albert Pujols is a Major League Baseball slugger who spent most of his time playing first base for the St. Louis Cardinals before signing with his current team, the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols is an angel off the field as well…

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ETHIOPIA…At the 2018 Arabian Travel Awards, Ethiopian Airlines was voted “Best African Airline” as a recognition of the carrier’s impressive expansion into new markets over the past decade. Indeed, to fuel Ethiopia’s growth and its booming tourism industry, Ethiopian Airlines plans to build a new airport with an annual capacity of 80 million passengers. In addition to connecting Ethiopia to foreign investors and multinational companies, the airline has engaged with impoverished Ethiopians directly by funneling its profits into charitable causes. Here are six things to know about Ethiopian Airlines and its impact on economic development in Ethiopia: Six Things to…

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SEATTLE…..Palliative care is a specific form of healthcare where the primary purpose is to mitigate suffering, whether it be physical, psychological, spiritual or social. In 2014, The World Health Organization (WHO) resolved to make palliative care accessible to all by 2030 as part of The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal for Health. Making palliative care accessible to all would be to bring an end to what WHO has deemed “one of the greatest disparities in global health care”- suffering. The Need for Palliative Healthcare for Low and Middle-Income Countries Globally, only 14 percent of those with serious health-related suffering (SHS)…

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In early October 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared a new plan to significantly increase immunization in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This plan, known as the Mashako Plan, in honor of former DRC Minister of Health Leonard Mashako Mamba, draws support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), WHO and UNICEF. Created in the wake of recurrent outbreaks of infectious diseases, including Ebola, cholera and measles-rubella, the Mashako Plan intends to provide vaccine coverage to an additional 220,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and help decrease the nation’s high child mortality…

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SEATTLE — If you’re reading this, we can assume two things. One, you have access to the internet, which means you have more than likely used a search engine service such as Google or Bing. And two, since you’re reading on The Borgen Project’s webpage, you are concerned with global poverty and probably want to help address this issue in any way you can. Charitable search engines will help you achieve that. 4 Charitable Search Engines Aiding Poverty Alleviation Perhaps you don’t have money to donate, but the following 4 charitable search engines have found a way to bridge that…

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Mumbai — “Dabbawalas” lunch Delivery System in India refers to an inexpensive economic system where hot homemade lunches are delivered to people at work and empties are picked up. Every day, over 5,000 delivery men deliver 200,000 lunchboxes in Mumbai. Lunch Delivery System in India The exclusive use of bicycles and railways for delivery is leading to zero consumption of fuel, and the use of reusable metal containers, which locals refer to as “Tiffin,” makes this an eco-friendly enterprise. Hot, healthy and fresh food, costing around $7-9 per month for some 20 meals, is delivered around the city. This service provides…

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BAGHDAD, Iraq — In December 2017, the Iraqi government officially retook territories that had been occupied by the Islamic State (IS) since 2014. One of the most tragic aspects of the conflict carried out in these years was the use of child soldiers, which is rightfully considered a war crime by the International Criminal Court. List of Top 10 Facts About Iraqi Child Soldiers Children have fought on both sides of the conflict: IS and armed opposition groups including the state-affiliated Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and independent militias. The Iraqi government has struggled in recent…

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MADRID, Spain — In past years, one of the most popular routes taken by migrants and refugees was using Libya as a disembarkation point to cross the Mediterranean and sail toward Italy. However, due to attempts by both Libya and Italy to prevent the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe, traveling from Morocco to Spain has become a more popular route in 2018. Spain is not better equipped to handle this influx of refugees and migrants, so their future in the country is unclear as there are disagreements about what needs to be done. Refugees Worldwide With 25.4 million refugees worldwide,…

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