Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

PEMBROKE PINES, Florida — South Africa, also known as the “Rainbow Nation” is home to an incredibly rich and diverse culture. Located in the southernmost point of Africa, the country is home to amazing wildlife, astonishing nature and awe-inspiring art. South Africa’s history, while complex, is one of triumph and victory. It made its mark on the world when it transitioned in 1994 from the apartheid system to the democratic one today. Throughout its history, the nation has achieved significant developments in medicine, environmental sciences and art. The art in South Africa is working to fight poverty and protect the…

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Chicago, Illinois — In an attempt to protect from economic disaster in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments enacted an unprecedented number of social protection programs. According to the World Bank, Social protection “traditionally consists of labor markets, pensions, social funds and ‘safety nets’.” Although developing countries introduced 1,300+ social protection and jobs programs related to COVID-19, the International Labor Organization (ILO) “estimates 255 million full-time equivalent” job losses in 2020. Another 90-130 million losses are estimated in 2021. Liquidity Support and Labor Regulations The World Bank stated that the provision of liquidity support to firms and labor regulation…

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BERNARDSVILLE, New Jersey — The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs created a regional fund for West and Central Africa. The U.N. approved the Pooled Fund and has started the process by providing $15 million to Niger. The priority for the OCHA fund is the region known as the Sahel, an area with urgent needs for aid. The Situation in West and Central Africa This year alone, 29 million people in the countries of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Mali, Cameroon and Burkina Faso need assistance, highlighting the importance of supporting this region. In all of West and Central…

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LOS ANGELES, California — In an effort to be pragmatic and realistic, it is vital for all Americans, both constituents and representatives, to strive for progress, not perfection. Unfortunately, amidst the chaos and anger stemming from both sides of the aisle, Congress is seemingly at a roadblock when it comes to passing legislation. However, there are dire issues that rise above party lines, bringing together Senators and Representatives regardless of their party affiliation. An example of such a collaboration is companion bills H.R.1500 and S.552, called the Global Learning Loss Assessment Act of 2021. What Is A Companion Bill? If…

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EUGENE, Oregon — The stove, a foundational tool many take for granted, can pose a direct threat to human health. This threat stems from a type of fuel utilized by impoverished families throughout the world — wood. Without access to electricity, wood becomes the primary source of fuel in cookstoves. More than three billion people rely on wood fires for cooking. However, wood fires can be inefficient, contributing to deforestation and creating smoke that pollutes indoor spaces. Efficient stove solutions from Aprovecho aim to address this issue. Indoor Pollution The pollution created by these fires can be life-threatening, especially for…

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Healthcare policy focusing on mental illness is still developing in many areas around the world. While many nations have made strides toward accessible mental health care for patients, others still lack the proper resources to offer comprehensive mental health services. According to the World Health Organization, Asia, which stretches across four of the total six WHO regions, contains varied, nonstandardized systems meant to address mental health. Myanmar is one country affected by systemic mental health challenges. Prevalence in Asia Mental health care faces different challenges across Asia’s numerous countries and regions. Consistency and implementation within Asia…

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EUGENE, Oregon — From waking up with an alarm clock to showering with hot water at night, energy access plays a central role in everyday life. A life without energy, a TV, refrigerator or even lights is hard to imagine for many in developed countries, yet this is the reality for 940 million global citizens. Roughly 13% of the global population lacks access to energy resources. Energy deprivation inhibits growth out of poverty as energy is vital to living a healthy, prosperous life. Through two main facets, education and health, increasing energy access combats global poverty. Empowering Future Workers Energy…

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LOS ANGELES, California — In 2019, New Jersey Representative Christopher Smith authorized $1.8 billion to be distributed over five years to help children and adults with autism through the Autism CARES Act of 2019. This assistance would occur by funding research to make early detection and treatment more accessible. Now, Representative Smith seeks to address autism — globally. On June 24, Representative Smith reviewed information about the increasing prevalence of autism. Seeking to establish a program that provides autism assistance globally, he sponsored a bill titled H.R. 4160: Global Autism Act to create a global assistance program as it enters…

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DALLAS, Texas — In the past few decades, India has grown to have one of the most active economies in the world. In 2020, its nominal GDP, a measure of economic health, helped propel India to outpace countries such as France and the United Kingdom. This occurred after the IMF identified India as having the fifth largest economy globally. Companies like Microsoft and Amazon have outsourced some of their work to the nation, which has contributed to the country’s presence in the global economy. However, this rise of economic prosperity has led to problems as well. Pollution has managed to…

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ATLANTA, Georgia — H. Res. 225, introduced by Representative Grace Meng [D-NY-6], addresses the United States’ effort to provide children in developing countries with more accessible education through the Global Partnership for Education. It went through the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is currently in the subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact. Limited Access to Education in Developing Countries According to Global Citizen, education is a human right that is crucial to international development and future economic growth. However, many children living in poverty cannot obtain an education due to their gender, economic status, proximity…

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