For Violet and her classmates in Tanzania, lunchtime means sitting under the shade of nearby trees, happily devouring a hearty bowl of rice and beans. In the rural Mara region where Violet lives with her family, school meals like these were once a rare occurrence. Recurrent droughts in the region made farming difficult and food scarce — and until Project Concern International (PCI) stepped in, hunger was commonplace in the classroom.
While more people than ever before are climbing out of poverty, major pieces to the puzzle of eradicating it are still missing. But by investing in the proper tools and resources, this report shows how quickly poverty, its symptoms and its dire consequences could finally be wiped out.
As we mark World Food Day and celebrate the incredible progress Feed the Future has made possible, we are reminded that there is so much left to do. 800 million people will go to bed hungry tonight, and over 20 million people are at risk of starvation from the threat of famine. Increasing food security and building resiliency has taken on a new sense of urgency— but with continued investment and support, Feed the Future is well on its way to ending hunger once and for all.
The latest episode of the Brookings Cafeteria podcast delves into the current challenges facing U.S. foreign assistance— including how Americans perceive foreign aid, the role the United States plays in a complex and turbulent world, and a deep dive into the current consensus around restructuring and reforming the State Department and USAID.
As we mark this World Teacher Day, we are reminded of the partnerships around the world that help to provide quality education in challenging times. Now is the time to double down on efforts to equip educators around the world with the resources and training needed to do their jobs— because an effective teacher can make a world of difference.
While the coverage of President Trump’s first speech at the United Nations General Assembly has focused on his defense of his “America First” message, stress on “sovereignty,” and threat to totally destroy North Korea, close listeners may have also heard him mention America’s efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, stop preventable disease like malaria, and advance the rights of women and girls around the world for the first time in office.
On September 12th, the United Nations kicks off its 72nd General Assembly with leaders from across the globe in attendance. Coordination of the U.N.’s humanitarian and disaster relief efforts will be central to the conversation, especially in Yemen, which was recently declared the world’s largest humanitarian crisis by the heads of several global humanitarian agencies.