Is Microfinance the Universal Poverty Reduction Tool?

By: Maggie Winding Microfinance and micro-loans have, since their conception, been hailed as a “miracle tool” for alleviating poverty in developing countries. Many, however, myself included, remain unconvinced that microfinance is necessarily the solution to resolving the vast disparity in economic achievement that many nations face. Therefore, as a deeper exploration of this topic, this article…

The Horror of Being Kidnapped: How the Nigerian Government Should Respond

By: Ilana Friedman April 14th, 2014 was a day of horror for the 250 girls who were seized from their school by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram translates to “Western education is forbidden,” expressing hatred the group has for Western culture. Some girls, as young as eleven, have been able to…

“Day Zero”: Cape Town’s Water Crisis Pushed to Catastrophic Levels

By: Caitlin Attaway Cape Town, South Africa is quickly becoming the catalyst in the global climate change debate. A city once seen as a model for its pioneering work on creating campaigns to promote sustainable water usage, Cape Town has found itself in a state of despair over a once in every 384-year drought that has…

With the World Watching, Robert Mugabe’s Insurgency sets a Dangerous Precedent

By: Simon Fischer Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe finally resigned on November 21, 2017, after facing intense scrutiny from many and being placed under house arrest by the military. The uproar began after he fired his Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, clearing a path for his wife, Grace, to take over as his successor. Initial rejoicing by…

Niger: The United States Next Target For The War On Terror?

By: Caitlin Attaway The death of four American troops in Niger this past October lifted the curtain on United States involvement in West Africa. Since the attack, questions have arisen with regard to the purpose of the troops stationed in Niger. The United States’ growing interest in this country seems to suggest that its “War…

Lifting the Elephant Trophy Ban: Unethical and Not Saving Anyone

By: Samantha Mintz-Agnello As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the Trump administration has made plans to lift the 2014 ban, made during the Obama administration, on the import of “trophy” elephants. The potential lift on this ban would mean that elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia could be brought into the United States. The ban…

Humanitarian Development: The Intersection of Short and Long Term Assistance

By: Ryan McGuine Over recent decades, the world has seen dramatic improvements in nearly every measure of wellbeing. The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of standard of living that was established in the 1980s by advocates of the Human Development paradigm in response to what they saw as the over-emphasis of economic…

An Incident in Niger: Examining United States African Policy

By: Alexandre El Ghaoui The deaths of four United States Special Operations soldiers in rural Niger on October 4th has drawn Congressional and media attention to American military operations on the African continent. The four Green Berets, part of a 12-man Special Forces group tasked to train and equip the Niger army, were ambushed by…

Unrest Following Kenya’s Redo Presidential Election

By: Caitlin Attaway In the wake of Kenya’s October 26th “redo” presidential election, political tensions are at their highest in a decade. In August, claims of “procedural irregularities” in the original presidential election, where President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected to his second term, forced the Kenyan Supreme Court to mandate a redo election. This unprecedented…