Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

SEATTLE — There has been significant economic progress in Sierra Leone, but more so in Liberia, due to improved rural living and employment as well as wage gains. According to surveys conducted by the World Bank Group, economic progress is taking a positive turn in these countries, especially after Ebola occurrences that previously plagued the two nations. Currently, Ebola cases have been reduced to zero cases in Liberia and have declined dramatically in Sierra Leone. The decrease in cases has greatly contributed to the economic progress the two nations have seen. Additionally, efforts provided by supporters have contributed to economic…

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TEMECULA, California — The new 2015 education report revealed that only a handful of developing countries reached their goal to establish quality education among its citizens, especially those living in poverty. In 2000, a total of 164 governments from around the world made commitments to reach “Education for All” goals by 2015. There were six identifiable goals that included providing equal access to education for children, youths and even adults. Additionally, the goals were set in place to make sure that marginalized people can be reached; people who are living not only in poverty, but in conflict-affected areas such as…

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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — There was a young man, exactly 18 years old, who was studying at his local school—Marine Arsenal—in Alexandria, Egypt. He did well in his studies and worked hard to achieve a better life for himself. But suddenly, his father died. As a result, he could no longer attend school. He had to drop out in order to work and provide supplemental income for his family. He didn’t want to leave, but he knew he had to. For him, there was no other option. He couldn’t leave his family without an income and he knew he could no…

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TEMECULA, California — There are circumstances that drive desperation; conditions such as poverty, disease and lack of education can create an environment where decisions are based on a need for survival. It is desperate people who do desperate things, and poverty creates a breeding ground for violence and extremist groups to grow. Poverty is more than monetary disadvantages, or the absence of necessary sources for survival; it confines those who do not possess the opportunity to create a meaningful life and those who don’t have the tools to improve upon it. “I came face to face with an unnecessary evil…

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ADEN, Yemen — Yemen is on the brink of civil war as conflicts between the Houthis and followers of the overthrown President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, escalate. Death tolls and property damage have increased over the past few weeks as political tensions and struggle for power between opposing forces threaten the region. The rebels have advanced into Aden, setting fire to homes and buildings around the area. Al-Qaeda and other extremist groups have sought to take advantage of the instability in the region and have launched attacks in Yemen. Al-Qaeda suicide bombers targeted mosques in Yemen killing approximately 126 people, according to…

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SAN MARCOS, California — A new technology that uses cost-effective 3D printers will influence the way weather is predicted in developing nations, which will not only save lives, but also impact the economy. USAID has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in order to create cost-efficient technologies that aid in disaster prevention. Most recently, finding ways to produce an affordable method to predict bad weather and improve weather forecasts has been part of an ongoing research endeavor. The result—a new 3D printing technology that creates affordable weather stations. Although weather forecasts appear accessible in many parts of the world,…

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WASHINGTON — In a new U.S. initiative, the government is providing up to $800 million in assistance toward a New Development Partnership with Afghanistan. In addition, the partnership includes funding for up to 352,000 Afghan military personnel. The initiative is recognized as part of the United States national unity government reform agenda and is a critical step in building an era of cooperation between the United States and Afghanistan. Through improving efforts in sustainability, the new initiative is expected to strengthen several sectors across Afghanistan. The partnership plans to aid Afghanistan in creating a self-reliant people by applying U.S. aid…

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SAN MARCOS, California — Universities around the United States help fight against global poverty through developing technologies that aid in solidifying food security for the world’s poor. Feed the Future has partnered with 14 universities around the U.S. for research and innovation purposes. Each university is currently working on different projects and tackling distinct issues presented by hunger, poverty and malnutrition. Collaborative research on nutrition, along with climate resilience projects that highlight agricultural developments, are among some of the pending projects by universities. Wheat development in South Asia is a primary focus for Kansas State University. With more than 20 percent of…

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TEMECULA, California — With women comprising half the world’s population, empowering women in every region to participate across all sectors of economic life can help build a stronger community, stabilize the economy and help end poverty. Women can aid in rebuilding countries struck by poverty—it can be rural women contributing to food security, women in leadership or women as entrepreneurs, workers and owners. However, the reality is that women across nations—especially in developing nations—lack equality, which impacts their ability to not only climb out of poverty, but lift their own communities and countries out of poverty as well. Nevertheless, fighting…

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BERLIN — Influential world leaders came together at the Gavi Pledging Conference in Berlin in order to pledge funds toward vaccinations for children living in impoverished countries. As a result, world record-breaking financial commitments of 75 billion dollars were made to providing immunizations for the world’s poor. On Jan. 27, 2015, ministers and leaders from over 20 countries were part of the commitment to fund vaccinations for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Funded Gavi programs are created to provide children in developing nations with proper vaccinations. Due to costly vaccines, supply deficits and shortage of experienced healthcare workers, the…

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