Author: The Borgen Project

LONDON, United Kingdom — The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that, in 2022, less than 17% of children had been fully immunized against measles. This directly correlates with the reported 136,000 preventable measle-induced deaths that same year. The majority of deaths were among toddlers who had not been fully vaccinated. Vaccines are crucial to the immunization and protection of, on average, 2 to 3 million children’s lives annually. However, at least three-fourths of the population must be immunized to ensure a high probability of disease control. There are huge disparities in vaccine equity, both between and within nations. This results in the stagnation…

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TORONTO, Canada — Rosario Dawson, a renowned American actress and activist, co-founded Studio One Eighty Nine (Studio 189) with her friend Abrima Erwiah in 2013. This fashion and lifestyle brand is a business venture and a powerful social enterprise that promotes African culture and craftsmanship while fostering empowerment, training and job creation in African communities through their dedication to fashion consciousness.  Studio 189 is based in Accra, Ghana and works directly with local artisans and communities, emphasizing the importance of fashion consciousness to uplift and empower. The Mission and Vision of Studio 189 Studio 189’s mission revolves around the idea…

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PEMBROKE PINES, Florida — The Dominican Republic is considered to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the Caribbean. Yet, the Dominican Republic has one of the highest rates of economic inequalities. Approximately 1% of its populace holds 30% of the national income. This has resulted in significant challenges for 23.2% of the population who live in poverty, including being able to afford quality education, accessible health care and employment opportunities. The Impact of Economic Inequalities in the Dominican Republic Public school education in the Dominican Republic falls short despite the country’s high gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and its ranking as…

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PEMBROKE, North Carolina — The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), enacted in 2000, grants African countries with certain criteria access to more than 1,800 duty-free products in the United States (U.S.). AGOA plays a crucial role in fostering economic growth and reform across Africa. From 2017 to 2020, the U.S. ranked among Africa’s top three largest export destinations, alongside the European Union (EU) and within Africa’s intercontinental trade. This legislation exemplifies the mutual benefits AGOA provides to both Africa and the U.S. AGOA’s Current Status and Impact Discussions around the AGOA are intensifying as it approaches renewal this year.…

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LONDON, United Kingdom — Tunisia is situated between Algeria and Libya on Africa’s northern coast and has a population of approximately 12.36 million as of 2022. The poverty rate in the country is 17.1%, but this is mainly due to vast regional disparities. Tunisia’s urban areas are primarily located along the coast and account for 90% of the country’s official employment. While the poverty rate in these coastal areas is about 12.7%, it exceeds 24% in many of the country’s rural regions. Regional Poverty It is partially through the nature of the economy and governmental action that such regional disparities become further entrenched. With…

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom — In a country where access to affordable health care is often a luxury, Narayana Health has emerged as a beacon of hope for millions. Founded in 2000 by the visionary Dr. Devi Shetty, this Bangalore-based hospital network is dedicated to revolutionizing health care  in India. Through innovative models and a commitment to affordability, Narayana Health is making high-quality medical care accessible to all, regardless of economic status. Since its inception, Narayana Health has grown exponentially, expanding its network across the country. The center has introduced several innovative practices, such as economies of scale and efficient resource management, to…

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MAGNOLIA, Texas — Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates and Beyonce have long championed philanthropy, inspiring their fans to take action. Beyond these well-known figures, many other remarkable women work to support the most vulnerable. Here are five women from around the world fighting against poverty: Angela F. Williams Angela F. Williams, the current president of United Way, exemplifies leadership in the fight against poverty. United Way collaborates with numerous charity partners that address interrelated issues of poverty. This approach recognizes the complex web of challenges individuals face, including food insecurity, housing, employment, transportation, mental health support and education. Operating globally in…

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EDINBURGH, United Kingdom — Kenya’s Borana Conservancy spans across 32,000 acres in Laikipia County, at the foot of Mount Kenya. The founding purpose of the conservation efforts was to combat the poaching culture that posed a serious threat to wildlife on the reserve. Not only have there been zero incidents of poaching since 2014, but the Conservancy has established itself as a fundamental pillar of resource, support and opportunity for local communities. Borana Lodge Borana Lodge was established in 1993 and has successfully forged the link between tourism and improved prosperity and opportunity in local communities through investing all retained earnings into the Conservancy.…

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AYLESBURY, United Kingdom — The Borgen Project spoke with Eeman Syeda, a Dubai teen who founded a charity fashion show, MTS Walks, to provide a sustainable alternative to fast fashion. By using end-of-life fabrics and upcycling completed by students for the fashion show, Syeda is not only providing a sustainable alternative to fast fashion but is also donating all proceeds to charitable causes like Children in Malawi and the Al Jalila Foundation. The Idea for a Sustainable Alternative to Fast Fashion While in year nine, Syeda participated in a school project in Malawi with like-minded students who inspired her to pursue a…

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SEATTLE, Washington — Located in the South Pacific, French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France. The small island country has a population of approximately 300,000 people. In 2022, its gross domestic product (GDP) per capita was $18,985 and the World Bank classified it as a lower-middle-income nation. French Polynesia’s most significant industries are tourism, agriculture and fishing. Its most common exports include black pearl, vanilla and coconut. Poverty and Unemployment in French Polynesia In 2022, one-fifth of people in French Polynesia lived below the poverty line. Additionally, wealth distribution is uneven in the country. According to a 2009 study by the French Development Agency (FDA), the…

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