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When School Is Not Enough: Four Alternative Education Programs That Meet Youths' Needs

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Girls raised in Mumbai's brothels deal not only with challenging living conditions but also with physical, mental, and sexual violence. Several NGOs provide education and skills training to the children to try to break the cycle of prostitution, but few have their sights set beyond traditional work.

Improving the Way We Access Humanitarian and Crises News

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

It can be very deceptive. In the digital age, we feel inundated with news and information, and so it feels like we have more access to global news than ever before. As Caroline explains, that's actually not the case.

How Cell Phones Are Revolutionizing Access to Financial Services

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Across the Global North, online banking solidifies its dominance and apps like Venmo simplify mobile payments. In the Global South, people with little money to their name struggle to open bank accounts, get loans, and make payments.

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

Human Rights: How a Thriller Feature Film and In-home Toilets Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Initiatives from Nairobi, Jakarta, Dhaka, and Mumbai provide solutions to issues ranging from discrimination against refugees to lack of access to sanitation. These solutions raise awareness and provide much-needed services for vulnerable communities.

Sleeping With the Enemy

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 08.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

"Green Is Good," T.D. Max's story mostly about The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the May 12 New Yorker, starts out covering TNC's current strategy to partner with big polluters to get them to mitigate in the interest of their own bottom lines.

Advocacy and Action on Climate Change: World Council of Churches

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Failure to recognize the reality of climate change can be due to one's views on the Bible and faith. Others believe that it is not the role of the church to address climate change, feeling that it is not religion's job to engage political issues.

How the Urban Poor Tell Their Story

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The urban poor are often stereotyped, viewed merely as a problem to be solved -- or ignored. Initiatives across the Global South are thus exploring ways of telling the story of poverty in an inclusive and realistic way.

Social Inclusion: Four Successful Initiatives and One Missed Opportunity

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Marginalized communities are often situated in slum areas that lack access to proper transportation, Internet coverage and other necessary services that would allow them to become included citizens.

US Power and the Not-So-Democratic Global Internet

Eduardo Bertoni | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Bertoni

We are left with a paradox: Either we accept some kind of "balkanization" of policy -- wherein every society has the capacity to influence code through its own policies -- or we accept that the only way to move forward is through decisions made by international agreements.

Rework, Reuse, Recycle: Four Waste Management Solutions That Are Making a Difference

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rapid economic and population growth has created extreme solid waste accumulation, overwhelming cities' ability to deal with sustainable waste management. The following approaches describe four solutions.

Pope Francis' Informal Exorcism, Latin American Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As shocking as it may be to some observers and Catholics in the Global North, Pope Francis' informal exorcism neatly captures the rise of the Global South, where prayers for deliverance from evil are common Catholic currency.

Catching The Spirit: The New Pope, Pentecostalism And The Global South

David Briggs | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

What may matter more than the new pope's nationality is his commitment to allowing the growth of lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that is at the heart of the success of the Pentecostal movement.

'Rebuild My Church'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While these are enormous challenges for Pope Francis, the grace of God is sufficient for faithful church leaders to lead. And Jorge Bergoglio is said to be such a man of God -- fervent in personal faith and consistent prayer.

Weapons for the Weak in the Climate Struggle

Walden Bello | Posted 11.10.2012 | World
Walden Bello

Our weapons are few, and often they are only mechanisms of moral suasion, but we must use them and hope for the best.

For The Children of Ghana, Indignation, Inspiration And Perspiration Are Not Enough

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 12.24.2011 | Impact
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

In Ghana, words like "childhood," "innocence" and "safety" are built on the unreliable foundation of words like "rescue," "survival" and "luck."

Worlds Collide in a Luxury Suite: Some Thoughts on the IMF, Global Injustice, and a Stranger on a Train

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 07.22.2011 | Business
Rebecca Solnit

What makes the sex scandal that broke open last week so resonant is the way the alleged assailant and victim model larger relationships around the world, starting with the IMF's assault on the poor.

The Budget Line Neither Party's Willing To Defend: Foreign Aid

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The country's social safety net isn't the only net that's getting shredded in the budget battle. Somewhere in Senegal, the thin mesh that shields a poor family from a worldwide scourge faces an arguably deadlier cut.

Where's the Beef? Cancun Climate Conference Should Take Animal Agriculture Seriously

Mia MacDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Continuing to marginalize animal agriculture in international debates over climate policy means forfeiting a crucial opportunity to reduce global greenhouse gasses.

Ecuador's Rafael Correa: Copenhagen Climate Hero or Environmental Foe?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

One key figure pressuring the Global North to live up to its responsibilities is Rafael Correa, firebrand president of the small Andean nation of Ecuador.

Greening Hollywood: "Globalization on Acid" Is Sleep Dealer's Theme

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paige Donner

"When you look at the future from the POV of the South, labor, migration, border security...all these issues, including privatization of water, waterworks, aqua terrorism loom large."