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Mobile Connectivity: A Lifeline For Refugees

Mobile Connectivity:  A Lifeline For Refugees

As well as being essential for keeping in touch with loved ones, many refugees view access to a mobile phone and the internet as being as critical to their safety and security as food, water and shelter, according to a new report by UNHCR and Accenture. The report, “Connected Refugees: How the Internet and Mobile Connectivity Can Improve […]

Fear And Shortages As Boko Haram Displaced Return To Ruins

Fear And Shortages As Boko Haram Displaced Return To Ruins

After Nigerian forces liberated this once thriving city from Boko Haram militants, displaced resident Saeed returned home to gutted buildings and burned out cars. He is clear about what the city needs: “We need everything.” The 38-year-old is among thousands of people, both returnees and those displaced from nearby villages, facing immense challenges in Gwoza, […]

At A Kenyan Refugee Camp, Girls Learn To Beat The Odds

At A Kenyan Refugee Camp, Girls Learn To Beat The Odds

On the first day of term at a secondary school in the desert of northern Kenya, Esther Nyakong, the head girl, leads her fellow pupils in assembly prayers in the yard. It is 7:15 am, and everyone has already been in class for more than two hours. “I don’t need to remind you this is […]

Cultivating Change In Papua

Cultivating Change In Papua

Indonesia – The scent of the Celebes pepper hits you before you even reach Ogenetan in the heart of Papua’s Boven Digoel district. Called sereh merah, the plant is used by communities across Papua to drive away evil spirits. But now locals use the peppers in a far more practical and productive way: making pesticides […]

UN Refugees And Migrants Summit: All Talk, No Action

UN Refugees And Migrants Summit: All Talk, No Action

  I cried my eyes out when I arrived in the UK, a refugee. I remember the policeman at immigration control looking down at me, a lost and distraught young African girl. He’d caught me with a forged $100 bill. I tried to explain, “I didn’t know it was fake.” The Idi Amin dictatorship in […]

At A Global Forum Of Feminists, One Thing Is Clear: It’s Where You Live That Counts

At A Global Forum Of Feminists, One Thing Is Clear: It’s Where You Live That Counts

There was a telling moment at last week’s women’s rights forum in Brazil when, in a rallying call, one of the speakers called out: “What do we want?” The reply was a low mumble of confusion. It was clear that expecting 1,800 women’s and transgender rights activists from 120 countries to align on one answer […]

Is Investment in Secondary Towns And Villages A Quicker Route To Economic Growth?

Is Investment in Secondary Towns And Villages A Quicker Route To Economic Growth?

Faced with rapid urbanization, some policymakers and economists looking toward the upcoming U.N. Habitat Conference are asking whether investment in secondary towns and villages — rather than capitals and megacities — could offer a quicker route to economic growth and sustainability. At the moment, the conference’s New Urban Agenda makes little distinction between investment in […]

Brexit Could Cost Poorest Countries £320m A Year, Warn Economists

Brexit Could Cost Poorest Countries £320m A Year, Warn Economists

  The world’s poorest countries could lose more than £320m a year if their existing trade agreements with the UK market are not maintained in the event of Brexit, a new series of essays published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the UK Trade Policy Observatory has warned. The authors said emerging markets in […]

Students Speak: What’s Your Verdict On Ban Ki-moon’s Reign At The UN?

Students Speak: What’s Your Verdict On Ban Ki-moon’s Reign At The UN?

In just under four months, Ban Ki-moon’s 10-year term as secretary general of the UN comes to an end. In that time, conflict around the world has intensified, record numbers of people have been forced to flee their homes – and the UN’s overall spend has nearly doubled, to more than £42bn. The organisation has […]

Dozens Of Countries Poised To Drive Out Malaria By 2020

Dozens Of Countries Poised To Drive Out Malaria By 2020

Hopes of eliminating malaria from more than 30 countries with a total population of 2 billion have risen following the successful removal of the disease from Sri Lanka. Public health officials said 13 countries, including Argentina and Turkey, had reported no cases for at least a year and may well follow the success of Sri […]