Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: 'Because I was angry': Myths around youth unemployment and stability, debunked
At the White House’s Summit on Countering Violent Extremism tomorrow, a new conversation will begin about what we know, and don’t, about deterring young people from joining the world’s terrorists, militias and rebel movements. Spoiler alert: We don’t know much. Development assistance, it is believed, can directly address the reasons young people take up arms: through vocational training, life skills development and civic engagement...
Indonesia: Connecting people to build inclusive urban climate change resilience
Asia is experiencing unprecedented urbanization — more than 750 million people live in urban areas, exceeding the combined population of the U.S. and EU. More than 50 percent of Asia’s population is expected to be urban by 2026. The growth of secondary and tertiary cities causes rapid change in land use, cost and social structures. Climate change further complicates this transformation, making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to both sudden shocks such as coastal storms, and to slow onset stresses like rising sea level or shifting disease patterns...
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.