As an advocate, understanding global poverty inside and out is important to the cause and one of the best ways to do this is by maintaining an awareness of related global events. 

Every week, build your portfolio by picking 2-3 topics from one or more of the following sources to summarize. Listen to an episode of a podcast, watch a documentary or read up on global issues currently happening around the world. Provide a paragraph in your tracker about what you learn throughout the week from each.


Stay Up to Date


Follow international news outlets and keep an eye on global issues.



Podcasts (streamed on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts)

  • BBC Global News
  • UN News
  • The Development Podcast – World Bank
  • Global Dispatches – World News That Matters
  • Global GoalsCast
  • Seeking Peace – Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security


Subscribe for email updates that summarize global news and related legislation in Congress and Parliament.

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Supplemental Material



  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Netflix)
    • “Inspired by a science book, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. Based on a true story.”
  • Poverty, Inc. (Amazon, iTunes, Netflix)
    • “Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.”
  • Girl Rising (Amazon Prime)
    • “Girl Rising travels the globe to meet nine unforgettable girls, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams.
  • The Life Story of the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi, Her Excellency Monica Chakwera (YouTube)

  • Global Citizen Film List 2016
  • Swimmers (Netflix)
    • “From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use.”



  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof
  • To Repair the World by Paul Farmer
  • The Mosquito by Timothy Winegard
  • The Making of a Tropical Disease by Randall Packard
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Hunger by Mohamed El-Basatie