In Uganda, Remnant conflict and human rights abuses from the Lord’s Resistance Army continue to taunt at the diminished capacity of basic services and a crippled healthcare system. Torture is widespread amongst security organisations, and child trafficking for sex and forced labour is painfully prevalent.
Due to population paucity and harsh weather conditions during winter, surface transportation is not well developed in Mongolia. Rural regions in need of assistance are difficult to access whilst government agencies and humanitarian organisations are hindered in their delivery of long-term development projects.
Chad's wavering history of civil conflict between the North and South have stunted growth and investment in infrastructure. Consequently, roads are often impassable and transport networks are meagre. Many hospitals have been damaged or destroyed and sporadic episodes of famine have caused repeated nutrition crises.
Arid and semi-arid pockets of Kenya are largely cut off from public services due to poor roads, dysfunctional railways and under utilised water transport. Isolation leaves farmers watching their food rot as they cannot access markets.
In the Philippines the incidence of poverty is 50% for those who do not complete primary school, and less than 2% for those with a college degree. Within urban poor settlements situations at home are rarely conducive to study due to noisy and crowded spaces, obligation for family responsibilities, lack of affordable tuition, and extensive unhealthy eating habits.
Cambodia is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. Every year, thousands of men, women and children are sold by organized crime syndicates in Karaoke bars, massage parlours, street vendors, brick factories and brothels.
Having been through three relentless decades of war, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a woman. Unstable and corrupted systems of governance have led to ongoing human rights abuses, high maternal mortality rates and discrimination in education and employment.
Gender stereotypes are systemic within the Cambodian job market. Female unemployment in the formal sector is widespread as restrictive social norms dictate unequal opportunity. Men are encouraged to undertake vocational training programs in trades such as mechanics, electronics and IT, whilst women are commonly limited to sewing, cooking and hospitality.
The semi-arid climate of Eastern Kenya is a source for much concern over food and water security. Exacerbated by climate change and land degradation, the loss of arable soil to erosion poses great risk of famine and drought.
In the quarry villages of rural India, poverty manifests in many ways. It is therefore necessary to tackle the problem with a holistic community development approach, building capacity through participation in every way possible.
Government expenditure on defence and foreign debt servicing have been an enormous strain on the Pakistani budget, leaving only 1.9% spent on health and 2% on education. Healthcare is scarcely regulated and beyond affordability to much of the nation’s most vulnerable. Likewise, the education sector is frail, with less than half of all students completing primary school.
Upon leaving school, many clever and capable young minds are deprived of their career ambitions due to a lack of education and employment opportunities. Despite working 6 full days a week in menial labour, they earn barely enough to maintain a subsistence lifestyle.
Out of a context of tension, torture, trauma and treason the fragile state of South Sudan was conceived in 2011. Ongoing warfare has severely stunted development as its economy is one of the world’s weakest, maternal mortality is one of the world’s highest and infrastructure is inadequate at best.
In one of India's most impoverished rural regions, illiteracy is generational as each child gets caught in the same web of disadvantage as their parents and grandparents. Teacher absenteeism is high, and student enrolment is low because buildings are dilapidated and roads leading to and from schools are scarcely maintained.