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Sub Saharan Africa

Success: The Transforming Power of Belief in Yourself

Andy Bryant | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Livelyhoods This is a guest post by Liz McNeil, Managing Director of Last Mile. Walking into the Kawangware branch of iSmart on the ...

Solar Power Is Freeing Rural Africa From the "Poverty Trap"

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 06.21.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

In the United States, cellphones die all the time, but our abundance of power ensures resurrection on demand. That's not how it works in other parts of the world.

Beyond Vertical Solutions: Partnering for Transformational Impact

Andy Bryant | Posted 06.07.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Village Enterprise This is a guest post by Ash Rogers, Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance, and Dianne Calvi, President and ...

Breaking Down Barriers in Sexual and Reproductive Health Reporting in Africa

Andy Bryant | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

This is a guest post by Humphrey Nabimanya, founder of Reach a Hand Uganda. Journalists and bloggers in a group exercise on how to craft a catchy h...

Technology in Classrooms Benefit Those Who Need It Most

Andy Bryant | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

This is a guest post by Worldreader staff: Kristina Lee, Manager, Programs and Partnership and Selena Garrahan, Assistant Community Manager. Students...

Most Child Brides Are Asian Or African. So Why Do Viral Videos Use White Girls?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.11.2016 | Impact

Child marriage videos have become almost as ubiquitous as this season's Vera Wang gown. But in all seriousness, the problem is that the fictional brid...

The Election No One Is Talking About

Becky Allen | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Becky Allen

On March 20, citizens of the Republic of Congo will vote in the country's next presidential election. But, this election can hardly be called democratic in an increasingly authoritarian nation. While there are ten opposition candidates, there is little doubt that incumbent President Sassou Nguesso will assume power for a third term.

Dying from a Treatable Disease - HIV and the Men we Neglect

The Conversation Africa | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect Kathryn Dovel, University of Colorado Denver; Sara Yeatman, University of Colorado Denver,...

What Happens If an Education System Is Outsourced?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Aaron Benavot

The new Liberian Education Minister, George Werner, announced in January that the pre-primary and primary schools in the country will move over to be ...

Low Oil Price and Its Impact on FDI in MENA

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

There has been plenty of discussion about the impact of the persistent low oil price on economic performance, employment, and political stability. Less discussed has been its impact on foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Maternal Monday II -- What Is Your Moment of Obligation?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Through our #MaternalMonday online advocacy, we seek to create a tool and platform for health education for every woman and every child.

Giving Patients a Chance in Rural Uganda

Andy Bryant | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Thanks to the ongoing support of organizations like the Segal Family Foundation, Soft Power Health can continue to provide quality inexpensive healthcare and health education to those who need it most.

Saving Africa's Mothers With Solar Suitcases

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

In 2015, some 303,000 women died from childbirth or pregnancy-related complications. Yet that figure, disturbing as it is, is dwarfed by the number of young mothers who suffer injury, infection and disease after giving birth.

Why Are Indian kids Smaller Than African kids? Hint: It's Not Race

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 01.16.2016 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

It is 2016. We know what to do and we know how to do it. India's children, and all children around the world, deserve a chance to grow tall and strong and live healthy and productive lives.

Why Agriculture Can Be a Solution for Youth Unemployment in Africa

Bill Reese | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Bill Reese

Today's Africa faces a complex mix of challenges and promise. With almost 200 million youth ages 15 to 24, the continent has the world's youngest population. It also boasts seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies.

An Energy Boost Is Needed If We Are to Address the Refugee Crisis

Mattia Vianello | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Mattia Vianello

No households in Goudoubo camp had access to electricity and 90 percent cooked with firewood using inefficient cookstoves. Demand for wood is speeding up the ongoing process of desertification in an area where climate change is already biting.

How Africa Is Hacking Its Energy Crisis

Laura Ling | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Laura Ling

With greater investment in alternative energy innovation, strong political will within Africa and outside its borders, and an end to endemic corruption, Africa could become a leader in sustainability, lighting the way for all of us.

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Verna Eggleston | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Verna Eggleston

We all knew we were investing time and resources, but were funding and serving people and addressing critical issues with limited resource information -- and we didn't have access to information that could be shared to increase the impact we were making.

When, If Ever, Will We See an "African Spring"?

Spencer Mariotti | Posted 10.05.2015 | Teen
Spencer Mariotti

There are more parallels between the historic Arab Spring and the current sociopolitical state of Sub-Saharan Africa than an apparent shared affinity for arson.

Global Poverty Will Hit New Low This Year, World Bank Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

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Four Ways to Solve the Education Crisis Facing Sub-Saharan Africa

Atti Worku | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Atti Worku

The United Nations General Assembly will today meet to adopt its post-2015 development agenda, and one of the three resolutions it seeks to pass is resolution 65/1: Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve Millennial Development Goals.

If a Tree Falls on a Dirt Road, Will Rural People Get Water?

Alexander Eaton | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Alexander Eaton

Local leaders are best suited to install and maintain water and sanitation projects. Over the last seven years, a local Ethiopian organization installed more than 3,500 water projects in northern Ethiopia, bringing clean water to more than 1.2 million people.

Empower Your Youth, Solve Your Ills: Cultivating Innovation in the 21st Century with IBM

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Maya Horgan

For developing nations in particular, opportunity lies in the minds of its inhabitants. Most importantly, youth inhabitants.

What President Obama Didn't Say to the People of Africa

Stephen Peel | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Stephen Peel

Surely there must be one or two African leaders who have the vision to take their country down the proven path of modernization via the development of a tradable goods manufacturing sector, providing a precedent for others to follow.

Opportunities for Microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Geri Spieler | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business
Geri Spieler

A burgeoning market for micro financial institutions (MFI) is set to take hold. The Sub-Saharan African low-income market is set to explode by 25 percent in 2015. Currently 863 million people live in 47 countries.