Huffington Post: Entrepreneurship: One Answer to Poverty – In Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, he “placed a spotlight on global poverty and the 1.2 billion people on the planet who stay alive on around $1 per day.” In the parts of the world most entrenched in poverty, entrepreneurial men and women turn to business to feed their families and, in the process, “transforming subsistence into consistent income,” nourishing their families and educating their children. (Gayle Tzemach Lemmon)
AllAfrica: Red Cross Launch Europe-Wide Campaign to Highlight the World’s Silent Disasters – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have launched a campaign to raise awareness about global disasters and humanitarian emergencies that are at risk of being underreported, unsupported or simply forgotten. Disasters such as widespread hunger in Southern Africa, a devastating earthquake in Tajikistan, and multiple disease outbreaks in Uganda will be highlighted and illustrated in a 50-second film spot in European cinemas and on television as well as on websites, social media and in print.
Guardian: The struggle to keep Swaziland’s primary schools free – The Swazi government struggles to guarantee free nationwide primary schooling, as it “finds itself sparring with school principals over the question of whether it is a lack of funds or an abundance of corruption that is standing in the way of its success.” The government has asked principals of the state primary schools to refund the annual top-up fee they have been charging pupils, without government authority, for the past four years. While these additional fees vary, some parents have paid up to $76 per child annually, a huge sum in a country in which 63% of the population lives below the poverty line. (Manto Phakathi)
Devex: South Sudan braces for rains – The South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund is allocating $56.5 million in humanitarian support to South Sudan in anticipation of the rainy season that, last year, made 60 percent of the country inaccessible. This flooding exacerbates “existing challenges such as food insecurity and an influx of refugees” from Sudan. The funding will provide 1.5 million people with food, education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation projects in vulnerable regions. (Amy Lieberman)