Monitoring elected officials' expenses, reducing corruption, providing cheaper medicine: "citizen geeks" think they can change people's lives in the poorest countries by using data stored on state servers. Here's how.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 15:00
Research in Action
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTHMATERNAL HEALTH SERVICESMATERNITY SERVICEMATERNAL MORTALITYGender
It is women and children across developing countries who suffer most from the shocks and stresses to health systems. In South Sudan — a country ravaged by conflicts — limited infrastructure, lack of health information, and severe shortages of health personnel contribute to high levels of maternal and child mortality. Outbreaks of infectious disease and epidemics have similar consequences — the impact of Ebola on maternal and child health in West Africa is one example.
Friday, December 23, 2016 - 13:00
Research in Action
Justice and securityPeacebuilding, conflict resolution, and reconciliationScience and TechnologyGender
Nearly one in every four people in Lebanon is a refugee. This number is staggering, yet not entirely unbelievable given the protracted and emerging conflicts in the Middle East. A rapid influx of refugees from Syria has catapulted Lebanon from the 69th largest refugee-hosting country to the third largest within the past five years. The country also hosts a large proportion of the world's Palestinian refugee population, comprising nearly 10% of the country's population.
Five prominent female thinkers and doers recently demonstrated how changing language in family laws can alter the course of women’s lives. At an October 7, 2016 project launch, prominent advocates from the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) — a global partnership of 20 independent women’s rights organizations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America — gathered to highlight the need for governments to reform family laws.