Entries by Kim Thelwell

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WHO Calls for Delay in Administering Booster Shots

In early September 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other WHO officials called for a delay in administering booster shots until the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more accessible to low-and middle-income countries. While wealthier nations are already offering booster shots to their fully vaccinated citizens to protect against COVID-19, other low-income countries, […]

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The New Project Providing Aid in Laos

Laos is a landlocked nation that China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam border. To date, it remains one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, with a poverty rate of 18.3% in 2018 and an unemployment rate of 0.64%. While the numbers are daunting, in the past two decades, progress has occurred to reduce food […]

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Reforms Regarding Child Marriage in Sri Lanka

Through a landmark decision by the Cabinet of Ministers in Sri Lanka, Muslims now have the option to marry under the Sri Lankan Marriage Registration Ordinance, the common law that governs marriages and divorces. This is a significant change because the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) that has governed Muslim marriage and divorce discriminates […]


Education in Kenya is a Path Out of Poverty

​Flying Kites, an organization co-founded by Leila de Bruyne, seeks to improve education in Kenya by focusing on the needs of individual students. The emphasis on individual students stems from de Bruyne’s experience teaching in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2004, when she identified weak points in the educational system. These include the reality that long-term, highly […]

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Poverty in Mongolia

As more individuals receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, countries are beginning to loosen restrictions imposed due to the virus. Toward the end of July 2021, England relaxed its travel restrictions by allowing fully vaccinated travelers across the European Union and the United States to visit England without quarantining. Similarly, the U.S. currently plans to relax international […]

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Togo Opens First Data Center in Lomé

In July 2021, the African country of Togo took another step in its efforts of digital transformation and economic progress as it opened Togo’s first data center in the capital city of Lomé. The construction of the data center in Lomé began three years ago and was funded by a loan from the World Bank […]

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Gozem Hopes to be the Biggest Super App in Africa

  Super apps, platforms that provide customers with an array of services from a single app, have become more popular in the last decade. These platforms allow an individual to book everything online by encompassing all activities one wants to accomplish, such as ordering dinner, booking tickets, shopping and even hailing a car. Apart from […]