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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Yesterday, we published the first part in our series on technology and humanitarianism, outlining the use of mobile technology in the organization Text to Change. This article is part two of the series on cellphones being used in development work.
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.
With the average length of stay in a refugee or IDP camp at 17 years, cultural and intellectual needs are insufficiently acknowledged in international aid efforts. From this concern, the Ideas Box was conceived, a transportable library and media centre for refugees and vulnerable populations.
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.