Fighting Corruption in India with the Development Pact

  India is positioned to become a geopolitical leader in the coming years. As the most populous democracy in the world, its elections are the grandest experiments in participatory government, with the 2014 election easily ranking as the biggest election in human history. However, these feats of governmental organization are often overshadowed by problems of governance. Corruption is one of the …

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Advancing Gender Equality through Sport: Spotlight on Women Win

April 6th, 2014 marked the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The UN-designated occasion celebrates the fairly new but widely supported notion that sport can transform the lives of people worldwide. The opportunity to participate in sport and play is not only the universal right of a child, it is also a recognized low-cost and high-impact …

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Brazil’s World Cup Preparations Include Education and Training for Former Slaves

As soccer fans around the world gear up for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup this summer, most are likely not thinking about slavery. However, unbeknownst to many spectators of the soccer tournament, twenty-five men, who were deemed by the Brazilian government to have been previously subjected to slave labour, contributed to building the Arena Pantatanal, one …

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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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Time-Share Schooling brings Refugee Children back into the Classroom

The Syrian crisis has led to an outpouring of more than 2.3 million people into other countries in the region. Of that, an estimated 865,000 are children, and 70 – 80% are not enrolled in school. It is a harrowing concern, and a UK-based organization has taken the lead on bringing kids back into the classroom. Host countries like Lebanon …

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Giving Voice to the World’s Urban Poor: SDI + UPFI

  According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s population now live in urban environments. This is a major shift in the history of humanity. Before this, most people identified with their rural community in a scale that allowed a greater voice for individuals in asserting their rights. In the age of the megacities, the din of …

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Improving Accountability and Transparency in the Slovakian Judicial System

Open Courts is a project by university students Pavol Zbell and Samuel Molnár, who were frustrated with the way information was shared by the Slovakian judicial body. They created a datasheet that compiles publicly accessible information and displays it so that those without a law degree can make sense of it. While for some merely sharing information is sufficiently accountable and …

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Decreasing Election Fraud through Photography

A research team from the University of California, San Diego, has been experimenting with a method to decrease election fraud. During elections in Afghanistan and Uganda, the team started a program of taking pictures of voting ballots as they were cast. Perhaps more importantly, they alerted election organizers that they would be photographing ballots. The results of the experiment have …

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A Smart Bracelet that Protects Civil Rights Activists

The Civil Rights Defenders have developed a smart bracelet under Project Natalia that uses satellite navigation technology to alert social media and allies if the wearer is in danger or if it is removed. The purpose of this device is to prevent the disappearance of political activists or at least to mobilize their allies in case of an emergency. Disappearances …

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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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