Author: Kimber Kraus

Kimber lives in Freehold, New Jersey. She lived in Europe for 7 weeks this past summer and traveled to different places in Italy, England and France. She studies French and hopes to use her experience abroad to gain further knowledge in International Relations in French-speaking African nations.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) concluded that Indonesia’s national poverty rate dropped 1.75 percent since September 2015. Although the national poverty rate has decreased, Jakarta and many rural provinces of Indonesia have seen an increase in the number of people below the poverty line. In calculating the poverty line in Indonesia, the dominant factor is food prices. Food price stability, particularly rice, is a vital matter because much of the population spends a large quantity of their income on food. Therefore, if the price of rice throughout the country increases, there will be an increase in the…

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SEATTLE — The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) focused its campaign for World Population Day to empower teenage girls in Africa and around the world through education, protection and information. Many of the girls addressed by the campaign are poor, marginalized and out of school. On July 11, the focus of World Population Day was to empower teenage girls. The UNFPA is urging the world to address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by making sure no one is left behind. The campaign addressed gender inequality in education, marriage, sexual violence, female genital mutilation and coercion. With the theme Investing in…

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SEATTLE—The Practical Action app is advancing the technological reach to poor communities, providing efficient access to important tools and knowledge. Practical Action is an organization that works within 45 countries around the world. The group brings “technological justice” to poor communities in its work to alleviate global poverty. Through the use of technology, Practical Action’s goal is to enable these communities to find sustainable solutions to transform their lives. In many impoverished areas around the world, access to technology is scarce. In particular, some places are completely cut of from modern energy. Consequently, it is difficult for these individuals to gain access to crucial…

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SEATTLE — The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) has been helping women living in poverty in Northern India become financially stable. The National Rural Livelihood Mission was created by the Government of India in order to strengthen and deliver greater financial support to families living in poverty. The NRLM was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development in June 2011. With investment support from the World Bank, the mission provides efficient institutional platforms to the rural poor, empowering them to expand household income through livelihood development and to have access to financial services, according to the NRLM. The mission is…

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SEATTLE — Singer, songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry visited Vietnam for UNICEF earlier this summer. Following the trip, she called for an increased focus on alleviating child poverty. Katy Perry, named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2013, recently visited the rural Vietnam province Ninh Thuan. This remote province is one of the poorest in the region. Perry visited schools for disabled children, as well as a high school containing students of ethnic minorities. After her trip, she said that she is determined to focus on the critical poverty issues millions of these children deal with each day. Perry was potentially…

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SEATTLE — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Government of Liberia worked together to hold a seminar to teach Liberian youth how aquaculture can be used to develop the economy and reduce poverty in Liberia. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO) and the Government of Liberia (GOL) began a 10-day aquaculture training seminar on June 12th in Grand Bassa County. The seminar focused on how aquaculture can contribute to Liberia’s economic development through youth employment, entrepreneurship, improved nutrition and poverty reduction. The seminar, entitled “Creating Aquaculture Enterprise for Youth Employment, Poverty Reduction and…

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GABORONE, South Africa — The Southern African Development Community recently held a workshop to address the increase in poverty and food security issues due to the South African El Nino drought. On Monday, May 16th, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held the ministerial workshop in Gaborone, South Africa. The meeting’s objective was to discuss ways to eliminate poverty and strengthen food security in Southern African regions. Established in 1992, the SADC is a Regional Economic Community comprised of 15 South African states. The SADC is committed to regional integration and poverty relief, and it focuses on economic development, peace and security. The Effects of El Niño As President of Botswana and Chairperson…

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SEATTLE—The Social Cash Transfer Program will work to reduce extreme poverty in Zambia by enabling poor families to invest in daily necessities and better their futures. In a study by UNICEF, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently found that the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programs working in some of Zambia’s poorest communities are relieving hunger and increasing food supply. These studies also focused on how the SCT is affecting child education. The SCT was created so that beneficiary households could fight poverty. Beginning its operations in 2003, the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH) implemented the program.…

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