Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

Amid the conflict in Ukraine, many organizations within and outside of Ukraine are providing critical aid to Ukrainians in the form of evacuation assistance, medical care, food, shelter and more. However, one particular organization has adopted a different approach to aid efforts with a unique program that distinctly stands out. During a recent trip to Ukraine, marking the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the President of The Borgen Project, Clint Borgen, met with ENGin. In an interview with The Borgen Project, Katerina Manoff, CEO and founder of ENGin, offers insight into the organization’s unique efforts to support…

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The one-year mark of the conflict in Ukraine has now passed and the humanitarian needs remain dire. More than 17 million people, equaling close to 40% of Ukraine’s population, require urgent humanitarian aid. About 8 million Ukrainians have fled their home country, seeking refuge in bordering nations. In Ukraine itself, more than 5 million people are facing internal displacement amid the destruction of critical infrastructure. The death tolls continue to rise — confirmed U.N. figures place the death toll of civilians at more than 7,000 but the actual number exceeds this. Amid the war, more than 650 humanitarian organizations are…

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As of March 5, 2023, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has reported 21,793 civilian casualties (8,173 deaths and 13,620 injured persons) since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. Considering the staggering numbers of displacements in Ukraine, Poland has welcomed more than 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees into its borders, the U.N. Refugee Agency reports. During times of crisis, the efforts of humanitarian organizations provide host countries with critical support to address the needs of refugees. During a recent trip to Poland, marking the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the President of The…

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According to the U.N. Refugee Agency, before the escalation in Ukraine, the country reported 2.7 million people with disabilities. Though times of conflict and crisis pose extreme difficulties for any individual, people with disabilities face increased vulnerabilities. Apart from facing barriers in undertaking long journeys to escape conflict-affected areas, evacuation plans do not typically take into account the needs of people with impediments and most shelters are inaccessible for those using wheelchairs, among other issues. People with disabilities also face high risks of experiencing violence, abandonment and separation from their support systems. The niche work of organizations that specifically aid…

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One year into the Russia-Ukraine war, the humanitarian consequences continue to magnify. More than 8 million refugees from Ukraine are scattered across Europe as of February 28, 2023, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reports. Ukrainian Minister of Health Viktor Liashko said in January 2023 that Russian forces have damaged or destroyed at least 1,000 health facilities in Ukraine. Humanitarian organizations play crucial roles during these times of crisis. During a recent trip to Poland, marking the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the President of The Borgen Project, Clint Borgen, met with the organization Polish Humanitarian Action. In an…

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TACOMA, Washington — The Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act was signed into law in 2017 with the aim of promoting basic education initiatives across the world to strengthen education systems, increase access to “safe learning,” assist countries in raising literacy rates, improve the quality of foundational education and leverage education as a tool to spur sustainable economic growth. The READ Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 was introduced in the 117th Congress and passed in the House of Representatives on September 20, 2022, but did not progress in the Senate. On January 24, 2023, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and…

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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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MARIETTA, Georgia — In 2022, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published a cookbook titled “From Our Table to Yours: Fusion Cuisine.” The book chronicles stories of forcibly displaced people, providing insight into the lives of people forced to start over while sharing recipes from these refugee communities. Using Cooking to Create a Livelihood For refugees, food serves as a way to preserve their home countries and cultures. This is the case for 39-year-old Natasha who sought asylum in Belize with her daughter. The mother and daughter pair forcibly fled El Salvador after they received threats from gang members,…

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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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TACOMA — In 2018, across almost 50% of European Union states, children held the “highest risk of poverty or social exclusion.” More specifically, Bulgaria has the highest rate of child poverty in Europe with more than half of children living in or “at risk of poverty,” according to SOS Children’s Villages. Many factors contribute to child poverty in Bulgaria, including malnutrition and deficiencies, lack of education and child discrimination. Malnutrition Malnutrition negatively affects the mental and physiological capacities of children. This can cause poor productivity levels, which can increase the risk of widespread poverty in a country. In 2019, 144 million children younger than…

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