Author: Staff Reports

LONDON, England — The guys of One Direction are well known for their charitable efforts and how they make it a habit to give back to the world and those less fortunate. One Direction’s charity work is diverse and far-reaching. The group goes beyond each individual member and mobilizes its fanbase to help as well. One Direction’s Charity Work Louis Tomlinson is an ambassador of the Eden Dora Trust, which raises money for chronically ill children. He put together the Believe in Magic Cinderella Ball for children that were terminally ill. He’s always been a big lover of babies and children and…

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DAKAR, Senegal — Senegal is becoming a technology hub thanks to Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative and start-ups such as MaTontine, SunuBus, CoinAfrique and SudPay. There has been increased interest in Senegalese start-ups. In 2017, the country raised almost $11 million for start-ups. President Macky Sall, who was re-elected in February 2019, helped create the Emerging Senegal Plan (ESP) that aims to diversify, increase investment in the private sector and provide economic stability. Senegalese start-ups around the capital Dakar have directly affected Senegalese by providing apps related to micro-loans, insurance, agriculture, financial inclusion and personal safety. Microsoft and 4Afrika Microsoft has operated…

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ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Turkmenistan is a Central Asian country of nearly six million people. It is an isolated nation rich in natural gas reserves. However, there has been a lack of growth in Turkmenistan’s business sector due to the tight hold of the autocratic government led by the late Saparmyrat Niyazov and current President Kurbanguly Berdymurkhamedov. Despite current isolation, potential international trading partners have shown interest in investing in Turkmenistan. The government may start allowing foreign investments in Turkmenistan through these interested parties. European Interest in Developing Small Businesses The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been working…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Many people in developing countries live under the radar because they are not registered on paper for important documents like birth and marriage. Unregistered children are so common that there is no record of one in three children under five. Even if a child was to be registered, many do not have proof in the form of birth certificates. Mobile tech can safeguard global identities by introducing an easier way of keeping track of everyone. Several countries are transitioning to mobile birth registration and records. Singapore is introducing global ID cards and is working on expanding its use of technology…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Today, less than half of Africa has access to modern medical facilities. While there are many factors contributing to this problem, a severe lack of resources devoted to medical care and doctor shortages are some of the clearest reasons for this crisis. From 2000 to 2015, Africa’s average total spending on healthcare was as low as 5 to 6 percent of its GDP. This is nearly half of the world’s average health expenditure as a percent of GDP, which has hovered around 10 percent for the past decade. However, today there are valiant efforts being made to expand access to medical care in Africa. Here are…

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SEATTLE — Kibera, located in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, is Africa’s largest slum. Approximately 250,000 Kenyans live in Kibera. Ninety percent of Kiberans are tenants without rights. The people of Kibera live extremely impoverished lives. The most common living arrangement is a 12 feet by 12 feet shack that usually houses up to 8 people. Women in Kibera face additional challenges, as the nation has an ongoing issue of sexual violence and abuse. According to a University of Nairobi study, 56 percent of 13 to 18-year-olds in Kibera have experienced some form of sexual abuse. However, this study also found…

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NEW DELHI, India — While menstruation is a natural reproductive process, sociocultural taboos have made it difficult for many women in India to live comfortably. These social and cultural influences can negatively impact the health and financial status of women. To combat this, individuals and organizations have been working to change views on menstruation in India. Taboos on Menstruation in India Taboos and myths regarding menstruation, often derived from the Hindu religion, impact women in all aspects of their lives. The overt disgust shown toward menstruation can affect a girl’s emotional and physical health, as many girls lack a basic…

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SEATTLE — India’s indigenous peoples, the Adivasis, comprised of over 700 recognized tribes and constitute 8.6 percent of the country’s population. While the 1950 Constitution protects the rights of the Adivasis, centuries of exploitation, displacement and neglect still resound in the lives of these primarily rural indigenous people. The living conditions of the Adivasis lag behind those of other demographics, particularly in health care. However, humanitarian organizations dedicate themselves to facilitating Adivasi access to health care infrastructure, with significant results. Below are three organizations dedicated to improving the living conditions of the Adivasis. 3 Organizations That Improve The Living…

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SEATTLE, Washington — NAADAM Cashmere is a startup company that is setting a new precedent when it comes to manufacturing luxury clothing. Its goal is to democratize cashmere. The company prioritizes transparent business practices. Each of its articles of clothing is obtained through responsible methods from native goat farmers in Mongolia. The Philosophy Behind NAADAM Cashmere The CEO’s Matthew Scanlan and Diederick Rijsemus stumbled upon the concept of “Millenialist Capitalism” when they founded the company in 2013. This obscure concept has helped to build the foundation upon which much of this environmentally friendly company’s values are placed. It was through a…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In impoverished areas, the distribution of money remains a problem that has puzzled economists and researchers alike. No one seems to have a clear answer on the correct economic approach for disadvantaged countries. There is so much that is not understood that a case of rapid economic growth, like Japan’s rise in the 1960s, is often referred to as an “economic miracle.” In an attempt to combat this storm of confusion and conflicting information, researchers around the world conduct experiments and publish studies on money in impoverished areas. The following three studies focused on how these disadvantaged…

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