‘Tell it True’ Tackles Corruption in Liberian Schools

Rampant corruption in Liberia’s education system represents a major development obstacle. Thankfully, ‘Tell it True’, a free new reporting tool has emerged to identify unjust behaviour and hold educators accountable. This innovative SMS-based service allows students to report school-related problems anonymously.

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IACC Series, Transparency International: Reality-Based Game Provides Knowledge About Political Corruption

In our latest article about the work of Transparency International and the IACC conference, we look at the work of Paolo Rivas and a board game he created that provides an easy way to teach difficult and complex topics surrounding governance and corruption.

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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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Staying Safe From Floods Through Gamification

In many parts of the world, flooding and natural disasters can be a seasonal threat to people’s lives. While these may be a recurrent theme in some regions, education on preventive and awareness are not always as readily adopted as humanitarian agencies would like. UNESCO-Bangkok has teamed up with software developer Opendream to address this very problem through a unique approach.

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Tablet-Based Learning for Somali Refugees

Education is the fundamental right of every child and key to combating cyclical poverty. But, in most emergency relief environments, limited financial resources and shortages of qualified teachers make the provision of quality education incredibly difficult. This challenge is especially acute in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp located 100 kilometres from the Somali border in eastern Kenya. Here, over half of the population is under the age of 18 and school enrollment rates remain alarmingly low.

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Bringing messages of hope, help and change over mobile devices – Part 1

In part one of our series on technology in humanitarian work, we profile two organizations that use cellphone technology to communicate aid initiatives, education programs, research surveys and more. Today, learn how Text to Change (TTC) is changing lives.

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A Foxy Take on Sexual Reproductive Health in Canada’s Northwest Territories

Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (FOXY) is an arts-based sex-education program conceived in 2011 by Candice Lys to empower young women in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The program allows young women to explore, share and learn about sexual health, sexuality, and relationships through theatre, storytelling, and other arts.

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