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Niger: The 5 things you need to know

In 2016, the UN rated Niger the 2nd least developed country in the world with chronic high levels of malnutrition and poverty. Recurring climate shocks have left the country unable to produce enough food for its ever-growing population. While Niger itself is at peace, conflict and epidemics in neighboring countries have spilled over into its borders, further exacerbating the severe threats to lives and livelihoods.

Niger at a glance:

A journey to hope in Ethiopia

NYAKOUN’S REALITY

Nyakoun Tut is just 24, yet little in her young life has been easy. The mother of two lives in a refugee camp in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, just across the border from her home country, South Sudan.

Nyakoun recalls her home fondly. “We had a small farm, sheep, goats, and cattle. We always had enough.” But South Sudan has been gripped by conflict for the last six years, causing millions to flee to neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya — and Nyakoun was among those that fled.

An eco stove – the gift that keeps on giving in Sierra Leone

An old oil drum, from the words embossed on its side probably originating in France, is changing form into something which will positively impact the lives of these three people, their families, their neighbors and – in its own small way – the planet on which they live those lives.

Thai Unions Coordinate, Collaborate for Success

After working several years at an auto parts factory outside Bangkok, Prasit Prasopsuk compared conditions at his workplace with those of a friend employed at a similar plant—and realized his wages were lower and working conditions worse because there was no union representation.

When "Strong Evidence" is Not Sufficient

In the fall of 2017, a major fire engulfed and devastated Southern California, especially Napa and Sonoma counties, charring nearly a quarter of a million acres of land and thousands of homes. Generally, this area is foggy and cool, due to moisture-laden air blowing in from the Pacific and vegetation is ample but damp; however, prior to the fire, the usual winds switched direction coming from the arid east, causing plummeting humidity and drying vegetation.

A Vision of 2018

I look towards 2018 with a sense of possibility that we, as a part of civil society, will be able to champion shared interests and deliver needed services with a new sense of purpose, as we advance human well-being in an ever-changing world. In spite of war, climate change, and dysfunctional politics, last year continued a generational trend of ever improving welfare across the globe. U.S. NGOs, each in their own way, contributed to this positive trend, particularly for more vulnerable populations.

When “Strong Evidence” Is Not Sufficient

In the fall of 2017, a major fire engulfed and devastated Southern California, especially Napa and Sonoma counties, charring nearly a quarter of a million acres of land and thousands of homes. Generally, this area is foggy and cool, due to moisture-laden air blowing in from the Pacific and vegetation is ample but damp; however, prior to the fire, the usual winds switched direction coming from the arid east, causing plummeting humidity and drying vegetation.

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