Maureen Littlejohn

Maureen, a seasoned travel writer and communications consultant, currently lives in Hanoi and works with the Uniterra program as a communications/marketing advisor for a local partner college.

Putting Human Trafficking in the Big Top Limelight: Katmandu Circus

Circus Katmandu comprises a troupe of 13 young performers, almost all who are survivors of human trafficking. Providing “ethical entertainment”, Nepal’s only contemporary circus combines Nepali culture, theatre, dance, acrobatics and cutting edge art and delivers shows that have been seen in England, Dubai and Australia.

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The Power of Water and Volcanoes: Costa Rica’s Remarkable Renewable Energy Record

Costa Rica has set an amazing record. For the first 75 days of 2015, the Central American nation powered the entire country with renewable energy. Now they’re looking to geothermal power solutions to meet their 2021 goal of being completely carbon neutral.

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Book Review: ‘The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator’, pt 1.

  Innovation is more than just a development buzz word, it’s way of approaching some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through our articles we parse out the ideas that people have designed to solve intractable issues in communities around the world. We look at how these ideas take shape and what methods they employ, because they are all changing the …

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Equality and the Opportunity for Decent Work

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 20 February the World Day of Social Justice. Member states were invited to devote the day to promoting national activities to eradicate poverty, support full employment and decent work, gender equity and universal access to social well-being and justice.

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Recycled Eyeglasses for Ethnic Minorities

Vietnam’s countryside is stunning and life is harsh. Ethnic minorities eke out a living as smallhold farmers, growing rice and corn. Handicrafts sold to tourists bring in important additional income. Sapa, with its terraced fields and colourfully attired Red Dao and Hmong peoples, is a Mecca for tourists. This is where the idea for Vision Vietnam blossomed.

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