Tag Archives: poverty

Can We Be the Generation?

Posted on 24. Jan, 2013 by .

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Owen Barder, the Europe Director at the Center for Global Development, published a blog post today titled “We can be the Generation….” He begins the post with a hopeful quote from a recent speech by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. “Thirty years ago more than half the planet lived on the equivalent of $1.25 a […]

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Page 7a: Stories You may have Missed

Page 7a: Stories You may have Missed

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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A 32 year mystery has been solved and a culprit can finally be named—yes, a dingo really did take Lindy and Michael Chamberlin’s baby. This seemingly preposterous event has made its mark in pop-culture as a film and more often than not as the butt of a joke. Now the tragedy and skepticism can finally be […]

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World Water Day 2012

World Water Day 2012

Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by .

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Today is World Water Day, a day that we celebrate the fact that more people than ever have access to clean, safe water. Of course, there are still many more people who face the risk of getting sick from unsafe drinking water and poor access to sanitation facilities. Here’s a look back at some of […]

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Page 7a: Stories you may have missed

Page 7a: Stories you may have missed

Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by .

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If you’re active on social media, you’ve probably seen the Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video or spotted #StopKony trending on Twitter this past week. The news has been flooded with this social media experiment intended for raising awareness about the LRA in Uganda and the many, many criticisms the campaign has created. Here are this week’s stories, excavated […]

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Bill Gates’ 2012 Annual Letter

Bill Gates’ 2012 Annual Letter

Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by .

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Originally published on Impatient Optimists, blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. My job is to learn about global health and development—and to travel to poor countries to meet farmers who can’t grow enough food, mothers who can’t keep children healthy, and heroes in the field who are doing something about those emergencies. Very […]

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Where We Work: The Human Development Index

Where We Work: The Human Development Index

Posted on 06. Dec, 2011 by .

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Ever wonder just how poor the countries we work in are? Thanks to Google’s Public Data Explorer, now you can easily visualize complex data like the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI is an attempt to measure how well-developed a country is, based on a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard […]

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Learning Sustainability & Accompaniment

Learning Sustainability & Accompaniment

Posted on 24. Oct, 2011 by .

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When envisioning disaster response efforts in underdeveloped countries, we often imagine a brigade of American do-gooders marching across borders with shovels, blankets, and food to raise poor and disparaged natives from the rubble. When the crisis is stabilized, volunteers clean the dirt off their boots and fly home. This image both makes us proud and […]

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