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    West African Diaspora Brings Special Expertise to Fight against Ebola

    Many large international NGOs and foreign governments have pledged support to help contain the Ebola outbreak. These foreign actors must contend with the challenges of working with an often suspicious and fearful population. However, there are diaspora groups from both Liberia and Sierra Leone who possess a thorough understanding of the local context and are posing innovative initiatives to help citizens protect themselves. The Mineke Foundation and Lunchbox are two new programs spearheaded by diaspora groups.

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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

HERhealth Project: Improving Female Factory Workers' Health Care

HERhealth Project: Improving Female Factory Workers' Health Care

October 24th, 2014

. By Maureen Littlejohn

Sector: Gender,Health

 A young woman moves from her village and takes a factory job in the big city to support her family. After working long hours, she returns exhausted to her crowded dorm room. She doesn’t always sleep well, good nutrition is sometimes difficult and she falls ill often. Such is the plight of millions of female factory workers in developing nations.... (more)

Tags: factory,garment,Labour,South East Asia,Vietnam

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