Liberia: Ebola Outbreak a New Case Study for Global Disaster Fundraising
The Ebola outbreak that began in Guinea in March 2014 and spread through West Africa and beyond has stretched government agencies and international health organizations in unprecedented ways. The world has turned a corner on the epidemic: The World Health Organization said Thursday there have been fewer than 100 new cases in a week in the three most affected countries. But the fight isn’t over. And among the 8,810 people killed by the disease were nearly 500 health-care workers...
DR Congo: Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC
NAIROBI, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two decades. But seeing little long-term impact or prospect of stability, some are now calling for an overhaul of the way aid is delivered in the long-troubled region.
Liberia: USAID broadens effort to correct Ebola misinformation in Liberia
In the scramble to reach the most remote residents of Ebola-hit Liberia, the U.S. Agency for International Development has signed on Mercy Corps, Finnish Church Aid and many other organizations to spread information about the disease to the country’s farthest-flung areas, and to correct misinformation along the way.
Liberia: Liberia: Fewer cases, fewer cares
Last week, Liberia's Ministry of Health recorded just ten new cases of Ebola. But some say vigilance against the disease is waning along with the outbreak. Richlue O. Burphy went to Bong county to see if communities are continuing to share anti-Ebola messages.
2015: Towards utopia or a nightmare?
Despite the stories of crises, calamities and contagion, the world is better off today than at any time in human history. Bill Gates and Hans Rosling, among others, have dispelled the myths and misinformation about global changes in mortality, public health, education and wealth. And they are right: unquestionably, the world is less afflicted with conflict and related deaths, enjoys greater prosperity and life expectancy, and is more connected by trade, commerce and technology than ever before.
West Bank and Gaza: Rising from the rubble: how entrepreneurs are harnessing tech talent in Gaza City to create jobs and end poverty
It is not exactly Silicon Valley, but Hadeel Elsafadi and Eid Naji are well on the way towards building successful Internet businesses amid the chaos and poverty that is Gaza City. The two young Palestinian women — Elsafadi, 24, and Naji, 26 — are examples of how self-made entrepreneurs are creating jobs and carving out a small middle class in one of the most unstable, violent and poverty-stricken areas on earth. It's an innovative solution to poverty that could have application in other parts of the world.
United Noshes dishes up international feasts
Have you ever wondered what food in Kenya tastes like? Do you desire more culture in your life? If you answered yes to either of these questions then United Noshes is right up your alley. Jesse Friedman and Laura Hadden created United Noshes with the idea of cooking their way around the world. The husband and wife duo intend to cook a meal from every country recognized by the United Nations (in alphabetical order). The couple began dishing up meals in July 2011 and will reach their half way mark this March with Libya.
United Noshes: dinner party aims to eat its way through global cuisine
The United Nations has 193 member states. And United Noshes aims to recreate meals from every last one of them, alphabetically, as a series of dinner parties.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza accelerator gets support from Silicon Valley
The Gaza Strip isn't exactly known for its burgeoning tech scene. Gaza's only accelerator -- Gaza Sky Geeks -- is on a mission to change that...
Inclusive Growth: Cash is still king, but it's about to be dethroned
At the Financial Inclusion 2020 Forum in London, I sat with global leaders, bankers and other financial inclusion practitioners as MasterCard’s CEO Ajay Banga reminded us why “cash is the enemy of the poor.” Unfortunately cash still reigns supreme in many parts of the world, but thanks to advances in mobile technology, its throne may soon be up for grabs.