Author: The Borgen Project

TACOMA, Washington — The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hard in underdeveloped nations. A recent report from the World Health Organization issued a stern warning that these countries may not have the necessary access to a vaccine until 2024. However, Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution goals include ensuring that impoverished countries will have access through the WHO’s COVAX program. Not only is Canada the second-largest provider of funds to the program but it has further planned to oversee the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Canada’s Proactive Approach Canada has taken a proactive approach to vaccinate impoverished nations. Some watchdogs were concerned that…

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TACOMA, Washington — President Joe Biden has introduced a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which includes $11 billion dedicated to foreign aid.  In the bill, Biden called for 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days of his presidency in order to address the job crisis the country faces as well as ensure the safe reopening of schools. Here is what can be expected from the Biden administration in response to foreign aid in the upcoming months. Restoration of US Global Leadership The United States is expected to take a more hands-on approach globally, emphasizing that the pandemic can have…

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IXONIA, Wisconsin — Today, there are more opportunities for people from various backgrounds to interact with one another in India. The wide use of social media and more women pursuing higher education has led to more interfaith or intercaste relationships. Although the caste system has been illegal for decades, traditional views persist. Traditionalists use the threat of honor killings in India to discourage the union of dissimilar peoples. The Concept of Honor Killings Honor violence is violence committed by an in-group to limit a woman’s romantic agency, motivated by a perceived affront to the in-group’s honor. Murdering in the name…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The Marshall Islands are a small cluster of islands located in the Pacific Ocean. In 2017, the obesity rate in the Marshall Islands was 42.3%, and the overweight rate was 74.9%. The Marshall Islands are struggling with chronic health conditions, especially Type-2 diabetes. The islands are home to 55,000 inhabitants. They have one of the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the world with 41% of adults having diabetes in the Marshall Islands. It is a current health crisis. The Current Situation The current diabetes situation in the Marshall Islands is dire. Diabetes is the leading…

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SLINGERLANDS, New York — In 2013, two Colombian advisers for the Inter-American Development Bank co-authored a book about the importance of Colombia’s Orange, or creative, Economy. “The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity” became the manual for understanding the plan to support all economic endeavors in the country based on intellectual property. One of the authors, Felipe Buitrago Restrepo, would go on to become the Minister of Culture in January 2021 at the Ministry of Culture. The other, Iván Duque, became Colombia’s president in 2018. The Orange Opportunity The two advisers coined the term “Orange Economy” because they felt the color…

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TACOMA, Washington — Manute Bol was drafted by the Washington Bullets with the 31st overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft. Throughout his life, Bol donated a significant portion of his salary to aid anti-poverty efforts in Sudan. When he died in 2010, former Senator Sam Brownback said, “I can’t think of a person that I know of in the world who used their celebrity status for a greater good than what Manute Bol did. He used it for his people. He gave his life for his people.” Bol was not born a basketball star. In what is now known…

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NEW YORK, New York — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Brazil, local organizations are working to help vulnerable populations and address hunger in Brazil during the pandemic. Brazil has turned into a global hotspot for the virus, ranking in the top three countries with the highest cases in the world. COVID-19 in Brazil Latin America as a whole is struggling to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, but Brazil’s situation is made even worse by minimal government intervention and aid. “The government’s efforts to support the most impacted people are inefficient and not enough compared to the need,” said…

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TACOMA, Washington — K-pop, short for Korean pop, is a genre of music that includes girl and boy bands from South Korea. It features unparalleled choreography and vibrant performances. Among the most popular groups are Blackpink, EXO, Twice and BTS. K-pop stars and their fans have also contributed to international philanthropic efforts. 5 Times K-pop Helped Fight Global Poverty BTS Songs Address Societal Issues. BTS is one of the few groups that address and tackle societal issues through its songs in an industry where political disengagement is encouraged. In its song “Not Today,” the group sings to empower “the underdogs…

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington — India is a rising country in the world both in population and economy. India has the second-largest population in the world with more than 1.35 billion people. It is the world’s fifth-largest economy and the fastest-growing trillion-dollar economy. However, the need to fight poverty in India still exists. Manufacturing and service sectors have contributed to the majority of India’s economic success in urban centers, yet only 35% of its population lives in urban areas. Poverty is higher in rural areas with a 25% poverty rate compared to a 14% poverty rate in urban India. This also…

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan — As Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara is a predominantly low-income nation with little access to clean water and sufficient nutrition. The short life expectancy of 54 years indicates poor health conditions. Western Sahara is the second-largest exporter of phosphate in the world, but the residents are unable to reap the economic benefits due to continued occupation by Morocco. Worldwide, people, countries and NGOs are fighting for the safety, prosperity and liberation of the Sahrawi people. The Situation in Western Sahara Morocco has occupied Western Sahara since 1975, meaning that the Sahrawi people must follow the laws…

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