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Leveraging Technology to Empower Vulnerable Populations

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak on humanitarian crises, displacement and refugees at the world’s largest technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The WebSummit convenes tech firms, startups, and venture capitalists to create the tools of the future. Conversations centered on how technology is transforming human life and the promises (and potential dangers) of artificial intelligence.

The Superwoman of Masisi

Among the thousands of people that live in Katale, a town located in Masisi territory in the DRC’s North Kivu Province, there is one superwoman.

A miracle in Mogadishu

In a hunger crisis like the one Somalis have been experiencing throughout 2017, our teams witness some really harrowing sights and hear some desperately sad stories. But what drives them on, day after day, is the belief that they can help change the course of history and make things better. And they believe that because they’ve seen it happen — with kids like Yasmiin*.

Suicides: A Global Health Crisis in Search of Solutions

In the United States, half of all people who kill themselves do it with a firearm. In Germany, Portugal, England and many other European nations, the most common suicide method is by hanging. And more Indians commit suicide by swallowing poison, specifically herbicides, than by any other means.

5 things you need to know about the Rohingya crisis


Often described as the “world’s most persecuted minority,” the Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, mostly concentrated in Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest states. The Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, many migrating from Bangladesh during British rule. After gaining independence, Myanmar, a majority Buddhist nation, refused to acknowledge the Rohingya as citizens, rendering them a stateless people.

What We've Learned from Community Schools

For the past 25 years, community schools in Zambia have educated some of the poorest and most marginalized students in the country. These schools are typically free, run by parents, and often have far fewer resources—from books to trained teachers—than Zambia’s government-run and private schools.

Q&A with InterAction CEO Sam Worthington

The below blog was written by Leigh Stapleton, Millennium Challenge Corporation Public Engagement and Outreach Lead