Using Feminine Hygiene Products To Empower Victims of Human Trafficking

A group of University of Washington graduate students have developed a discreet way to get information to female victims of trafficking. Through a project called Pivot, they are hiding inserts with rescue information and a hotline number in plainly packaged sanitary napkins. The team of five students from the University of Washington including Michael Fretto, Kari Gaynor, Josh Nelson, Adriel …

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Malala Yousafzai and Vodafone’s Innovative Mobile Literacy Program

After recovering from the being shot by members of the Taliban while campaigning for women’s right to education in rural Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is ready to launch a partnership with the Vodafone Foundation to help bring literacy to women in developing countries through mobile technology. Although Yousafzai is only 16, the teen has already written a book (I am Malala: The …

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CARE’s Rwandan Childhood Project, a Best-Practice In Program Integration

CARE International has been implementing an innovative early childhood development project in parts of Rwanda that is changing lives in a number of sectors. This project deserves to be highlighted because of the phenomenal manner in which it integrates distinct developmental practices into one comprehensive program. Beneficiaries of all ages are engaged at various levels throughout their lives, with the …

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Dial-A-Condom Service Launched in Kenya

  Sex is a taboo subject in Kenya, causing many people to feel uncomfortable purchasing condoms in public. In order to provide a discreet way for men and women to gain access to protection, Kenyan businesswoman Faith Ndiwa, CEO of La Bonte Ltd, has started a condom delivery service called “Dial-A-CD.” The anonymous delivery service brings discreetly packaged Euphoria condoms via …

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Conditional Cash Transfers: The Ups and Downs

As a companion piece to the post that covered GiveDirectly’s method of giving unconditional funds to beneficiaries, here is an example from a World Bank study on when it might be appropriate to engage in conditional cash transfers (CCT). The issue here is female school attendance. It is generally a very good thing to see more girls in school for …

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A Grant Fund that Finances and Empowers

The Red Umbrella Fund is a grant aimed at working with sex workers by including them in decision making processes. Through a network of sex worker organizations, the Red Umbrella Fund places prospective projects up for analysis and discussion by the very beneficiaries the projects are targeting. Sex workers are given the opportunity to shape projects from strategic goals, to …

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Locally-Sourced Solar Light

An estimated 90% of the population of Mali has no access to electricity and is thus hostage to daylight to be productive. Italian architect Matteo Ferroni identified that this problem has a dramatic impact on the lives of villagers, particularly women, as it limits their ability to carryout their responsibilities. Through years of work he has developed a solar lamp …

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