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World news on poverty – learn about innovative global initiatives that are empowering people in developing countries and changing the world.

The Man Who Likes People

by Matthew Smeal, National Communications Manager

In 2019, Dr Timothy Wright will step down as headmaster of the exclusive Shore school, a position he has held since 2003. Something he will step up to is philanthropy, specifically as a council member…

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The Power of a Movement

by Veronika Peters, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Do I genuinely think that ending poverty is possible? Yes, I do. And interestingly, so does the UN.

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Breaking the cycle of extreme poverty

by Opportunity International Australia

It’s a warm, humid day near the top of a hill in Pampanga, on the Philippine island of Luzon. Nanny Bonna is visibly upset as she recounts the anguish of having her children not attend school. “All…

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Sewing the future

by Opportunity International Australia

Manda at work on her sewing machine, purchased with the help of a small loan. Photo: Kim Landy When Manda lost her husband to suicide, leaving her alone with two young children, she knew she needed a way…

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Finding a needle in a haystack

by Opportunity International Australia

In August 2018, the Indian state of Kerala endured the worst flooding in a century. Around 500 people lost their lives while more than 1 million were evacuated from their homes. They returned to widespread…

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Three minutes

by Jessica Carter

What did you do in the last three minutes? Chat to a friend? Scroll Instagram? Eat some lunch? Do you know what else happened? A girl was sold in India. And in the next three minutes, another girl will…

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My Choices: Building Strong Women and Good Fathers

by Elca Grobler

In India, more than 40 per cent of women face domestic violence. We can teach financial literacy, but if the husband takes away that money or if the women is abused every night, the place they need the…

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What I saw

by Jemma Holden

I assumed I’d find the intense poverty and the harsh daily conditions these villagers live in striking and bitter. Although this was certainly the case, I was surprised that one of the main sentiments…

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From Bohemian Rhapsody to ending world poverty

by Veronika Peters, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Live Aid showed me how a bunch of idealists and visionaries could gather together, combine their skills, their strengths and resources, and speak for those without a voice – and mobilise global resources…

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Why girls?

by Opportunity International Australia

Today, women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people. But what difference can an education make for girls in poverty?

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