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Eromo Egbejule

12 May 2020

Ghana

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Faced with limited resources and the pressure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ghana implemented a variety of measures during the early stages of the pandemic. Those measures, which include pool testing and drone de...

The New York Times

Abdi Latif Dahir

16 February 2020

Mogadishu, Somalia

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After three decades of war and famine, Somalia's capacity to respond to emergencies and rebuild its country has been significantly diminished. To pick up the slack, young Somalis, many of whom have returned home from ...

The Guardian

Jacob Kushner

11 October 2019

Haiti

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Since Haiti's catastrophic earthquake in 2010, the US has spent $2.3 billion in aid money that has failed to alleviate poverty or help the impoverished nation recover. Bill Clinton led the global response to Haiti's r...

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Keith Anthony S. Fabro

1 June 2019

Palawan, Philippines

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Empowering women to practice sustainable agriculture promotes resilience and enables communities to protect biodiversity. The Kusor Upland Farmer’s Association, sponsored by the United States Agency for International ...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

Christopher Bendana

21 May 2019

Rubirizi District, Uganda

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Trees for Global Benefits is a carbon offset program that aims to partner with, rather than displace, locals in countries that have space to plant forests. For instance, in the Rubirizi District in Uganda, locals are ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

16 April 2019

El Salvador

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Giving guns a nonviolent afterlife can also increase economic opportunity for struggling communities. In El Salvador, IM Swedish Development Partner, a nongovernmental organization, is addressing the issue of guns and...

PBS NewsHour

Marcia Biggs

30 March 2019

Rivera Hernandez, Honduras

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Residents of Rivera Hernandez, Honduras are trying to improve their community in a district that’s under gang control. One such effort is a vocational school to train children and adults in electricity and solar energ...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

16 January 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

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The Bill Gates Foundation is currently funding a number of organizations that seek to solve the rate of open defecation by creating low-cost toilets that utilize the feces within them. One organization, called Sanergy...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

11 January 2019

Pailin, Cambodia

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A pilot program in western Cambodia is taking a coordinated, localized approach to decreasing cases of malaria in remote, hard to reach areas. The U.S.-funded program called the President’s Malaria Initiative operates...

Sojourners

Albin Hillert

6 December 2018

Mutatá, Colombia

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From War to Peace, a project through the Lutheran World Federation, is helping ex-combatants and their families in Colombia lead a new, peaceful life. Many of these families are now living in an experimental community...

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Susan de Witt

30 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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Social impact bonds are providing a relatively new way of improving health and education outcomes in developing countries. While these have been used successfully in the developing world, South Africa is relatively ne...

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John Vidal

29 November 2018

Zambia

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The UN's Green Climate Fund is a mechanism through which money for climate adaptation and mitigation is distributed globally. But funding for renewable energy goes overwhelmingly to wealthier nations. Without more fun...

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Kevin Knodell

28 October 2018

Somalia

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A Somali refugee who made good in America is working to connect people in his home country with solar power through a company he launched in the U.S. He’s had modest success connecting about 1,000 people so far, givin...

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Adele Peters

27 September 2018

Bogotá, Colombia

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The International Rescue Committee’s cash transfer program has seen success most recently in Colombia, by helping Venezuelan refugees start fresh in a new place. For the Del Carmen family, cash transfers of $66 per ho...

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Nick Dall

25 September 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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The Poverty Stoplight, heralded as “a revolutionary yardstick” to assess poverty levels, is a bottom-up tool designed for families around the world. It allows families to see indicators of poverty and take action step...

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

13 September 2018

Zacapa, Guatemala

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Voluntourism, or the practice of western volunteers paying to do service in developing countries, seems like a moral, do-good activity. However, the practice has been proven to have consequences, including reducing th...

The New York Times

Marc Gunther

11 September 2018

Matinza, Rwanda

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Direct cash transfers to poor people in developing countries is a newer way to spend foreign aid dollars. GiveDirectly is the prominent charity who pioneered this method of giving cash as a form of aid, with the ratio...

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Justin Higginbottom

14 August 2018

Laos

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Using the example of neighboring Thailand, Laos and Myanmar are encouraging a shift from farming opium to coffee, training farmers for the new crop and helping them exit the drug trade. Hundreds of farmers are current...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

13 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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Food companies like General Mills and Hershey are sharing their expertise with entrepreneurs in Africa to help strengthen their businesses and depend less on foreign imports. Employees of the company volunteer through...

Bright Magazine

Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 July 2018

Harlandville, Liberia

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To succeed at international development, consult the locals. It seems obvious, but too many failed development projects show community buy-in is not the biggest priority. Two groups are leading the way to change this....

Pacific Standard

Jacob Kushner

6 July 2018

Kenya

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A data-driven approach to foreign development/aid, one that centers randomized controlled trials and other markers of rigorous study, is gaining steam as a way to push forward programming and solutions that actually w...

Nation Africa

Kitavi Mutua

24 June 2018

Kenya

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An initiative in Kenya showed major promise in pulling farmers out of poverty by supplying them with subsidized seeds to grow green grams, ndengu, for overseas markets. The success of the idea relied heavily on a prom...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

7 June 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An organization called Books for Africa collects donations of books from all over the country to send to schools in Rwanda. Books for Africa has sent over 41 million books over the past 30 years to 53 different countr...

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Tom Graham

16 May 2018

Bangladesh

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An intensive, long-term approach to solving poverty, piloted by an NGO in Bangladesh, has shown serious promise since its start in 2002. However, as the program is piloted in countries across the world, questions abou...

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