SUFO is a Ugandan based charity founded in 2008 with a mission to contribute to ending poverty and injustices in the world through building the capacity of the local young men and women to effectively conduct policy research, analyses and advocacy; provide and sustain credible policy ideas; and establish strategic partnerships with civil societies and governments to meaningfully strengthen adherence to fundamental human rights, deepen local democracy and expand livelihoods opportunities for...
Beddawi refugee camp, established in 1955 is situated in North Lebanon 5km from Tripoli. Currently housing more than 16,000 Palestinian refugees, the camp is categorised with problems of poverty, unemployment and inadequate provision of basic services.
Through UNIPAL a UK charity, I spent four weeks teaching English in summer remedial classes at Beit Atfal Assamoud; a centre providing a wide range of services to the people of the camp.
It is often stated in arguments, that hand outs and foreign aid is what is ruining Africa; making the people dependent on the west. It is also common knowledge that the infrastructure of most African countries leaves much to be desired. According to The Economist, a shortage of roads, housing, water, sanitation and electricity reduces sub-Saharan output by about 40%.
Infrastructure is obviously key to the success of countries as far as citizen wellbeing is concerned, but is it the deciding factor? Despite the ongoing drought and famine suffered by the people in the horn of Africa, many African states have indeed risen out of the World Bank's poor category, and up into the middle income category. Even in this, we know that poor infrastructures are holding such countries (i.e. Nigeria) back from progress.
Illegal logging in Cambodia is a prime source of income for the country’s plethora of corrupt officials. The Cambodian army - unaccountably large since the end of civil war and the winding down of its defensive functions - has replaced its military occupations with corrupt practices. The military in densely wooded areas now oversees the illegal logging trade, extorting money from its operators when soldiers are not themselves directly involved in felling and processing the country’s valuable woodland.