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Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Mon, April 13, 2015
Despite at least one billion people around the world relying directly on fish as their main source of protein, oceans are facing unprecedented challenges.   Back in 2007, a report issued by the United Nations Environment...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, April 10, 2015
Bite the Ballot (BTB) is a national movement on a mission to empower young voters. Launched just four years ago, it’s going from strength to strength. Here’s their story… Three weeks before the General Election in 2010, I was one of two...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, April 9, 2015
Food poverty in the UK has increased by more than 160 per cent in the past year, according to some estimates. Yet, 98 per cent of edible surplus food is thrown away by grocers and retailers. “In the UK, an estimated 20 million tonnes of food is...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Wed, April 1, 2015
  “I told them that it was unsustainable, that something had to change. Six months later, the school burnt down to the ground.” Stories of change often begin with something radical, but Lennart Nilsson’s experience took ‘starting from scratch’...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, March 27, 2015
On December 30th 2007, President Mwai Kibaki was once again sworn in as President of Kenya, despite the claims to victory of his rival: Raila Odinga. As a consequence riots erupted across Kenya, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and a further...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, March 20, 2015
We often talk about the statistics around low-income households—how much they live on per day, what percentage of that income goes to basic survival—but those stats are rarely accompanied by an in-depth look at the daily financial lives of the poor...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Fri, March 20, 2015
International conversation around food in Africa has traditionally been one of doom and decline. In 2012 the World Bank declared the average life expectancy at birth to be 56 years in sub-saharan Africa. One third of all children suffering from...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, March 12, 2015
Just over 20 years ago, Robert Kaplan wrote a stark warning about the mounting strategic danger posed by an anarchic, uncontrollable, “increasing lawlessness” in West Africa. He argued that a sort of ‘criminal anarchy’ was emerging as a major...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Thu, March 5, 2015
For more than 30 years, Ashoka has been selecting and supporting social innovators around Africa. In addition to championing these leaders of change, we are now working to support primary and secondary schools that are  offering...
Submitted by PaulineVerhaeghe on Mon, March 2, 2015
Francis Ssuuna is a young social entrepreneur and a member of the Butterfly Project in Kampala, Uganda, training social entrepreneurship to young Ugandans from remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts,...