Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa has joined a growing list of countries that have decriminalized marijuana, opening up the country to new business opportunities and economic possibilities. Most significantly, it will reduce the number of people caught up in the cycle of poverty and the criminal justice system. It’s worth examining the potential outcomes of legal marijuana in South Africa. Dagga and Apartheid On September 18, South Africa officially legalized “dagga” or marijuana. The Constitutional Court decriminalized the private possession and use of cannabis, saying that the previous law “is an infringement of the right to privacy of an adult…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Water is life. Access to clean water is a necessary component for the health and well being for all people, but for a large number of the world’s population, it is still unattainable. Globally, 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, forcing many to get their water from contaminated sources. One of the main ways of decreasing deaths related to waterborne illness is the detection of bacteria in water sources. Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligent (AI) are being used to detect impurities in water. Researchers at the University of Waterloo and Intel have…

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SEATTLE — The central and coastal African nation of Gabon boasts a system based upon French patterns, with developments made to fit the Gabonese and their cultural traditions. With the 5-4-3 structure implemented in 2004 (previously a 6-4-3 structure), primary schooling begins at six years old and lasts for five years, lower secondary consists of grades six through nine and lasts for four years and upper secondary consists of grade ten through twelve and lasts for three years. The Education Policy and Data Center, EPDC, states that in principle, education in Gabon is free and compulsory for primary and lower…

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To be stateless is to not be considered a citizen of any country. Unfortunately, this condition applies to millions of people across the globe. In 2010, this title came to refer to Côte d’Ivoire refugees who fled their home country after a divisive presidential election. Road to Improvement Since that period, Côte d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, has made a significant effort to improve the lives of refugees. This effort includes improving the state of the government and political and social climates of the nation. Here are 10 facts about Côte d’Ivoire refugees over the last decade. 10 Facts About Côte d’Ivoire Refugees: …

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SEATTLE — In the continuing fight for the rights of refugees, The Borgen Project is committed to working to reverse President Trump’s refugee ban. The executive order signed on Friday afternoon barred all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, barred nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and put a permanent ban on Syrian refugees. President Trump’s refugee ban came as a surprise to diplomatic and airport staff in the U.S. and overseas, and many scrambled to respond with various interpretations. The executive order has caused protests and lawsuits and has drawn…

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SEATTLE — Climate change poses a massive threat to development. In order to help developing countries manage increasing climate impacts, The World Bank Group has launched a new Climate Change Action Plan that provides $25 billion in financing for clean energy. Over the next 15 years alone, impacts of climate change will intensify, causing a decrease in water and food security and potentially putting 100 million more people into poverty. At the same time with population growth, the world will have to feed billions more people while providing universal access to sustainable and affordable energy. To help countries face these…

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SEATTLE — The results of the Millennium Development Goals vary across targets and although not all goals have been achieved, substantial progress has been made. There are currently eight main Millennium Development Goals, each with their own sub-targets, that work together with one ultimate purpose—to end global poverty. The goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development. Each of the eight goals, individually, were created to focus on a specific area in…

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TEMECULA, California — Over the past several years, Latin America and the Caribbean have been a leading force among developing nations in achieving poverty reduction goals. Success in these developing nations includes economic growth within the labor market as well as expansion of middle class citizens and an overall improved socioeconomic infrastructure. Progress in this region has been studied in order to gain a better understanding of what is driving change in the region. A recent report by the World Bank Group examines eight countries over the region and aims to uncover the root of influence, in addition to learning…

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TEMECULA, California — Cellphone use is a common part of today’s world and can be taken for granted; however, cellphones are not accessible to everyone, especially to those living in developing nations. What can be taken for granted in one country can help save millions in another. Digital services provided by technologies such as cellphones positively impacts developing nations in particular. Something as simple as checking bank account information or handling finances through cellphone use can not only empower people but can become a means of survival for the poor, specifically poor women. More than that, access to cellphones for…

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TEMECULA, California — Everyday more people and organizations around the world are speaking out and fighting against poverty as well as developing, studying and applying ways to obtain poverty reduction goals. In an effort to do just that, a recent TED talk video addresses what is said to be a key factor to ending global poverty. The TED talk video titled, “The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now,” featured Gary Haugen, President and Founder of the International Justice Mission. He addresses what he believes is the missing link in ending poverty on a global scale. According…

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