Developing Nations

‘Green’ Infrastructure Can Help Africa Tackle Drought

By |June 18th, 2018|

Sustainable, ‘green’ infrastructure is critical for drought-sensitive regions in Africa.

East and North Africa have seen widespread droughts over the past four decades. Three-quarters of the region are made up of a desert, and chronic water shortages are expected to worsen due to climate change. Pro-active steps must be taken.

Farmers and herders are hit the worst […]

Development is Key for Sudan

By |June 14th, 2018|

The United Nations’ new Emergency Relief Coordinator has a fresh perspective on the growing needs in Sudan.

Currently, there is a gap between the needs of Sudanese in crisis and humanitarian organizations able to assist. Mark Lowcock, the new UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, has been visiting Sudan for over 35 years. He believes that unless Sudan […]

UN Plans to Break the Cycle of HIV Transmission

By |June 13th, 2018|

The United Nations has stated that breaking the cycle of HIV transmission is part of their 2030 Agenda.

Between 2006 and 2016, there has been a 40 percent decline in new infections. While global progress has been made, key populations such as young girls in Africa are at risk for HIV. For example, Avert.org reports that […]

Children in CAR are Suffering

By |May 29th, 2018|

Children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are suffering from malnutrition and thirst. The infant mortality rate is at 18 percent and severe acute malnutrition is higher than the emergency threshold of 15 percent.

Najat Rochdi, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR shared, “Where you have kids, those little girls and little boys coming to you and […]

Largest Outbreak of Lassa Fever in Nigeria

By |May 17th, 2018|

The United Nations and the World Health Organization have confirmed 423 cases of Lassa Fever in Nigeria.
Lassa fever is a viral infection, primarily transmitted to humans through contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine, feces, or blood.

The outbreak began in Ogun province in December 2016 and spread across the country into neighboring […]

Thousands Displaced in North-East Nigeria

By |April 25th, 2018|

Many vulnerable men, women, and children have experienced terrible hardship due to ongoing hostility in Nigeria.

The United Nations is allocating $9 million to help these displaced people. The region’s humanitarian crisis is primarily due to Boko Haram’s insurgency. In just three months, 30,000 people fled violence and are in desperate need of food, water, shelter, […]

Clean Water Means Opportunity for Women

By |January 29th, 2018|

Women spend up to 6 hours every day collecting water.

Walking hours for water prevents women from pursuing work, school and caring for the family as this is often their household responsibility. In many societies, women are seen as collectors, managers, and guardians of water. Women spend up to 60% of their day collecting water, which […]

2017 A Difficult Year for Children in Central Africa

By |December 20th, 2017|

Violence in Central Africa has left over a million children in dire need and children’s rights violations on the rise.

The dramatic increase in conflict in the already unstable region has left families without basic necessities. Over 20% of schools are closed and those that are open lack enough teachers. Without security and education, many children […]

International Migrants Day

By |December 18th, 2017|

December 18th is International Migrants Day. Throughout history, immigration has been seen as a courageous example of someone trying to overcome adversity.

However, today’s views on migration are met with elements of trepidation, emergency, and complexity. This year, the United Nations is trying to play the role of catalyst in order to create global cooperation in […]

Hunger Crisis in Congo

By |December 12th, 2017|

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme operations in DRC said, “Without immediate donor support, many – particularly women and children – will die”.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was a poor but peaceful region. Unfortunately, violence in the Greater Kasai region has forced nearly 1.4 million people from their homes. This strife […]