Author: The Borgen Project

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Besides Pakistan, Afghanistan is the only other country in the world where polio is endemic. The country’s vaccination efforts often meet logistical challenges like navigating religious customs, reaching isolated neighborhoods and closing gender disparities in vaccinations. To combat these challenges, local women have been volunteering for years with little to no compensation. Despite constant threats from the Taliban, these female frontline workers (FLWs) continue to assist Afghanistan’s polio vaccination campaigns through education and resilience. Gender Disparities in Afghanistan’s Polio Vaccinations Gender plays an important role in Afghanistan’s polio vaccination campaigns. The country’s social and cultural landscape shapes…

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa. While its economy has improved over the last since the end of its civil war in 1992, the country’s true economic potential is hampered in part by its outdated agricultural sector. Agriculture is an important part of Mozambique’s economy, it employs a large portion of the population and made up 25.6% of the country’s GDP in 2020. To reduce poverty, both the government and NGOs are taking steps to improve the lives of farmers and bring agriculture in Mozambique into the modern age. Problems in the Agricultural Sector…

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NORTH TUSTIN, California — The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is an agency within the United States government that invests in communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The main goal is to foster democratic and peaceful community development in Latin America through engagement with local actors within communities. Background The organization began in 1972 with a grant and to date has served more than 5,600 communities. Through the investment of $874 million dollars, the organization takes a holistic approach to projects that work in multiple areas. As of November 2022, the Inter-American Foundation is working on 393 projects. Over $130 million…

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ROCHESTER, New York — According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 517 million people in low-income and developing countries are visually impaired simply because they do not have access to treatment. Accurate vision can impact all facets of life, from success in early childhood education to career development and safety. Eyeglasses represent the single largest solution for imperfect vision and blindness globally, able to correct 49% of the global affliction of visual impairment. Czech startup company “DOT Glasses” is working to reduce the disparity in access to affordable eye care that contributes to the cycle of poverty. Self-described as…

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ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkey, which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, currently is home to around 3.6 million registered Syrian refugees according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) data. Many of the Syrian youth had to leave their home country at a very young age and now live in Turkey’s major cities. Amidst an economic crisis that has taken hold of Turkey this year, Syrian youth struggle to find sources of income and face the threats of poverty and increased violence and discrimination. The Shift of Attitudes Towards Syrian Refugees in Turkey Hadi Abdallah, a 24-year-old…

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EDINBURGH, United Kingdom — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) introduced Kakuma and Kalobeyei settlement projects in 2016 with the aim of creating a self-reliant refugee settlement. The region amassed a total of 200,000 displaced persons in June 2022. Research that the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation conducted in the same year accounted for over 2,500 micro-businesses dispersed across the two regions. Certain measures are already in place and further investment into the development of connectivity and transport links between the two areas could be instrumental in reshaping the prospects and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of displaced peoples,…

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TELFORD, United Kingdom — The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is set to honor Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in a special tribute celebration on December 1, 2022. The event, which will coincide with World AIDS Day, will also pay tribute to the 43rd president, George Bush, and former First Lady Laura Bush, for their contributions to “diplomacy and development” in launching PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. What is the USGLC? The USGLC is a nonprofit organization, created by a coalition of NGOs and businesses, that aims to encourage…

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BOSTON, Massachusetts — On Sep. 30, 2022, The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and the Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger and Malnutrition (CERFAM) signed a joint memorandum to enhance food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. This memorandum of understanding (MoU) will offer sustainable solutions for vulnerable smallholder rice farmers. CERFAM and AfricaRice are African-based organizations specializing in hunger research and intergovernmental policies. Their shared goal is to advance Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 for “zero hunger” and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. SDG 2 is one of the United Nations’ 17 goals for the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,”…

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FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — Controlling high rates of HIV is not a new issue for Zimbabwe, but medical officials have taken a big step to lower numbers. The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe has tested and approved a recent long-acting vaccination called cabotegravir (CAB-LA) to prevent HIV, making it the first African country to do so. The State of HIV in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has the fifth-highest HIV rate in the world, with 11.6% of people aged 15 to 49 diagnosed with the disease as of 2021. However, these numbers are currently on a downward trajectory and implementing this new preventative…

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RAYMOND, Maine — After the government announced the postponement of its population and housing census, Bolivian workers took to the streets. The strike is occurring in the city of Santa Cruz, a dominant Bolivian agricultural site. The census is long-awaited as Bolivians expect it to expose the scarce resources for much-needed housing and socio-economic reforms. The postponed census initiated Bolivia’s workers to strike, and the strike indicates more changes to come. Bolivia’s Housing Crisis With a poverty rate of 36.4% as of 2021, Bolivians anxiously await any form of government intervention in the housing crisis and any form of socio-economic…

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