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West African Diaspora Brings Special Expertise to Fight against Ebola

West African Diaspora Brings Special Expertise to Fight against Ebola

October 30th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Health

 The most recent Ebola epidemic began in December 2013 in Guinea and has since spread to other countries in West Africa, most notably Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of October 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded approximately 10,000 cases and almost 5,000 deaths. The affected countries struggle with high rates of poverty and low education levels. Many of... (more)

Tags: Africa,diaspora,Ebola,epidemic,Liberia,prevention,Sierra Leone

The Value of a Dollar in the Slum

The Value of a Dollar in the Slum

October 29th, 2014

. By Anna Snider

Sector: Livelihoods

 In Kampla, Uganda, one American dollar will buy you three liters of water, three mangoes, or about a pound of rice. One dollar will also buy you a few minutes with a sex worker in Bwaise, one of Kampala’s poorest and most densely-populated slums.AFFCAD (Action for Fundamental Change and Development) runs a tour of Bwaise slum and two of the founders,... (more)

Tags: AFFCAD,Africa,Bwaise,Kampala,micro-finance,Sex Worker,slum,Uganda

For a World Free from Slavery

For a World Free from Slavery

October 28th, 2014

. By Rachel Pott

Sector: Human Rights

 It was at this time last year that the unflinching portrayal of America’s slave trade, the Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave, was released to theatres. The most salient moment is that of Solomon Northup, the freeborn African American kidnapped into slavery, hanging – noose around his neck – from a tree, feet barely touching the muddy ground, while... (more)

Tags: child soldier,forced labour,Freedom Fund,slavery

Women Gain Financial Savvy in the Global South with the HERfinance Project

Women Gain Financial Savvy in the Global South with the HERfinance Project

October 27th, 2014

. By Maureen Littlejohn

Sector: Education,Gender,Livelihoods

 Under a mattress, tucked in a pot, or swiped and stuffed in a husband’s pocket. These are just a few of the places a working woman’s savings might end up in the Global South. Thanks to the HERfinance project, low-income women in Brazil, India, Indonesia and Mexico now have a fighting chance to gain financial savvy, protect their savings and... (more)

Tags: Finance,Global South,Women

To Teach Science and Engineering in Haiti, MIT Project Embraces the Kreyòl Language

To Teach Science and Engineering in Haiti, MIT Project Embraces the Kreyòl Language

October 25th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Education

In Haiti, French is almost universally used as the language of instruction in schools. However, French is only spoken by approximately 5% of the population, while Kreyòl is spoken extensively across the country. Students are forced to learn in a second language that they can barely speak, and as a consequence, they resort to memorizing lessons without any true understanding.... (more)

Tags: Education,Haiti,Kreyol,language,MIT,science,STEM,Technology

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