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Towards Long-Lasting Change

by Giuseppe Lettieri on July 7, 2015

“I was born in Ras Beirut; this is my turf. I know the names of all the streets in my neighborhood …and I am here to make a change.” Nabil is a civil servant from the Ras Beirut neighborhood and one of the participants of our project “Better […]

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Aid and conflict

by Rajendra Mulmi and Michael Shipler on June 25, 2015

This article originally appeared in MyRepublica on 06/24/2015. The relief efforts in response to Nepal’s devastating earthquake are taking place against the backdrop of a country in the midst of a prolonged and fitful transition to peace and democracy. The massive humanitarian and reconstruction operation—and the influx of […]

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Bent But Not Broken

by Nabila Khouri on June 24, 2015

“The level of courage the Nepali people have displayed during this time of despair shows that they are definitely hopeful,” Ayush told me on the phone, just minutes before a second, devastating earthquake hit Nepal on May 12th.  A former radio personality and host of a popular youth […]

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Tuned In

by Ayush Joshi on June 16, 2015

This article originally appeared in My Republica on June 12, 2015. The members of Saraswoti child club look at Gunja Chaudhary in awe, as she walks sporting a smile, her head held high. This 15-year old girl has become a mascot for girl’s empowerment in her village. Gunja […]

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Crisis in Burundi: a Development Problem

by Floride Ahitungye and Britney Nemecek on June 8, 2015

This article first appeared in The Hill on 06/08/2015. Tensions in Burundi have been mounting for months in the lead up to the recent civil protests and failed military coup. However, nothing about the current situation was not predictable. Since the end of the Civil War in 2005, […]

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The March That Changed Bangui

by Search for Common Ground on

Kodoukou Avenue, the largest avenue in Bangui, was once a bustling high street, drawing shoppers and vendors from every social and cultural background. With the start of the war, it became a deserted place, a constant reminder of fear and division. On April 18th, thousands of courageous citizens, […]

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A Family Reunited

by Bryan Weiner and Jean Baptiste Ndabananiye on June 3, 2015

In rural Rwanda, land is everything. It provides food, offers shelter, and reinforces identity. As the local population increases, land also becomes the most common cause of conflict. Disputes over land ownership generate dangerous tensions within villages, communities, and families, straining Rwanda’s social fabric. Such is the case of brothers-in-law […]