Author: The Borgen Project

SEATTLE, Washington — Many often refer to Ethiopia as a powerhouse and a rising star in Africa. The international community widely views it as a stabilizing force in Eastern Africa, as well. Over the past few years, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been credited with leading the nation into a newly liberalized economy, while building on 17 years of some of the fastest growth in GDP in the world. He has ushered in numerous infrastructure projects, particularly in energy, aimed at further lifting the country out of poverty. He even managed to broker a peace deal with Eritrea in 2018,…

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GREENSBORO, North Carolina — The U.N.-supported Kenyan helpline first started to assist young girls who are going through the traditional yet forbidden practice of genital mutilation. It has since evolved to help anyone experiencing gender-based violence in Kenya. Female Genital Mutilation: What Is It? Female genital mutilation (F.G.M.) is a violating procedure that involves the removal of the external female genitalia. Ceremonial leaders usually conduct the procedure on girls younger than 15. Also known as female circumcision, many communities regard the operation as a rite of passage into womanhood. However, leaders and parents often take forceful measures to operate on…

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TACOMA, Washington — In 2020, the global community faced many new challenges, especially vulnerable groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and its socio-economic consequences. However, we must also recognize the successes in the face of these challenges. The Borgen Project applauds its grassroots volunteers’ efforts in 2020 and hopes this momentum continues into the new year. Celebrating the Successes of 2020 Treasured Borgen Project volunteers from all 50 states were key factors to the impactful successes in 2020. The push for increased international funding for the COVID-19 relief package was a long and hard one. However, Borgen Project volunteers were extremely…

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SEATTLE, Washington — The COVID-19 pandemic has been life-altering for people across the globe. In addition to the worldwide death toll, COVID-19 left educational systems faced with new and unknown risks and challenges. Global pandemics, armed conflict and natural disasters are just a few examples of emergencies throughout history that have consistently been detrimental to educational access in many regions throughout the world. Combatting these issues has been relatively achievable in wealthier nations due to increased technological advancement. Yet, in developing countries or even low-income communities in wealthy nations, children are left with no way to access education. Barriers to…

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ALBANY, New York — In early December 2020, the World Bank announced emergency funding for Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 response, in anticipation of more waves of the novel coronavirus. Hunger in Timor-Leste has been a concern for the country since its independence in 2002. Addressing COVID-19 is a necessary step in order to contain hunger. Factors Contributing to Hunger in Timor-Leste Since Timor-Leste declared independence from Indonesia in 2002, its poverty rate has declined, by trend, throughout the first two decades of the 21st century. Its poverty rate remains high, however. In 2007, 50% of the population in Timor-Leste lived in poverty.…

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TACOMA, Washington — Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) play a vital role in the well-being of a person, yet 829,000 people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Issues Globally More astounding is the fact that 2.2 billion people live without safe access to drinking water and nearly double the number of people lack safely managed sanitation services. On top of that, approximately 297,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor WASH conditions. Children suffer not only due to the lack…

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TACOMA, Washington — In El Salvador, women make up 43.6% of the country’s poverty rate. Many women living in extreme poverty struggle to maintain their families and do not have access to education. Facing these conditions, they often encounter violence in their communities. In 2019, Time magazine published an article that stated that the increased violence against women in El Salvador was driving them to the U.S. border. The NGO organization Siramá Foundation is addressing this social injustice issue by providing education for women in El Salvador. The Siramá Foundation Siramá is a Salvadorian non-governmental organization that aims to educate…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio —  Roughly 1.4 million people in Hong Kong were living below the poverty line before the COVID-19 pandemic began, which is the country’s highest poverty rate in nearly a decade. After the pandemic settled in the country, poverty rates have only gone up. The COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong has induced widespread job loss. Hong Kong, feeling the extensive effects of COVID-19, has found its impoverished people further stuck in poverty with new Hongkongers enduring poverty now too. COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong: Job Losses The unemployment rate in Hong Kong currently sits at 6.4%, which is the…

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SOUTHINGTON, Connecticut — Oxfam Mexico is part of the Oxfam confederation. The confederation partners work with humanitarian organizations to eliminate global poverty, inequality and hunger issues. These efforts are particularly significant during the pandemic as researchers estimate COVID-19 will push 150 million people into extreme poverty. Oxfam Mexico was founded in 1996 and focuses on decreasing inequality, gender-based violence and poverty. The organization works to achieve five rights that would help people live sustainable lives with basic social services, security and legal identities. In an interview with The Borgen Project, Oxfam Mexico Research Manager Diego Vazquez explained that the organization’s…

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FORT MYERS, Florida — Since the start of the pandemic, the U.S. government has committed more than $1 billion worldwide to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance to countries severely impacted by the pandemic. In particular, America has provided more than $22 million to Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to help combat the economic, security and health issues that have been amplified by the pandemic. This aid has been especially important as immigration and travel connect the entire region, thus making the health of each nation interconnected. Here is an in-depth look at how U.S. foreign aid in Central…

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