Author: Liyanga De Silva

Liyanga lives in Rockville, Maryland. Her academic interests include English, women’s studies and LGBT studies. Liyanga also plays the cello and loves to write.

SEATTLE — Development projects are often in conflict with environmental conservation goals, and Sri Lanka is no exception. A number of major projects have taken place on the Island and they have both hindered and advanced Sri Lankan development in many ways. The development projects in Sri Lanka are typically funded through organizations like the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank in coordination with the government. These are five major examples of such projects. Promoting Equitable Access to Education (2016) This was one of the development projects in Sri Lanka run by the World Bank and was said to…

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SAN JOSE — Water quality in Costa Rica is a major issue facing the nation. In 2016, at least 13,000 people in 140 communities were experiencing water shortages and poor water quality. Costa Rica has the most polluted river in all of Central America: the Tarcoles River. In 2007, the Costa Rican Constitutional Court ordered the governmental elimination of causes of pollution in the river, but 10 years later, the situation remains relatively the same. The issue of water quality has had a number of consequences for Costa Rica, in addition to causing water shortages for its people. As a…

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SEATTLE — The Federal States of Micronesia is a small nation in the Pacific that is made up of around 600 islands. While the nation is considered quite poor in a global context, hunger in Micronesia has never been a major issue. At the United Nations World Food Summit in 1996, Micronesian leaders indicated that while most of Micronesia lives a hunger-free lifestyle, malnutrition has become an issue due to the amount of imported food consumed by the country’s residents. At the World Food Summit, the nation pledged its commitment to eradicating hunger around the world; it was only able…

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SEATTLE — Niger, which has a population of 19.8 million people, also has one of the highest poverty rates in the world. Almost 50 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, and more than 1.5 million people are affected by food insecurity. According to the World Food Programme, 20 percent of the population cannot meet their food needs, and this number jumps to 30 percent during periods of low rainfall. The 1.5 million people who face hunger in Niger need to be helped, but the government is poorly equipped to deal with this challenge alone. Some of the…

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia has a poverty percentage of one percent, one of the lowest in the world. That being said, there are still a variety of issues affecting its population that can be addressed when asking how to help people in Malaysia. Enormous rates of Malaysians die from Leptospirosis each year. Leptospirosis is a disease spread through water or food that has come into contact with animal urine. In developing countries where sanitation standards are not the best, this disease is common. Another major issue facing Malaysia is child marriages. While there is very little updated data surrounding child…

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