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Outlook on 2018: The Top Priorities in Global Development

We love being the travel partner for all types of humanitarian organizations. Whether they’re faith-based, volunteer, or non-governmental humanitarian organizations, they’re trying to solve the world’s biggest problems every single day. Some of these problems affect major global development issues such as poverty, climate change, human rights, and refugees.

Major Global Development Issues

We all hope to see a world in which everyone can live a happy and a fulfilling life, a world where organizations and countries strive to prevent calamities and crises. These organizations strive to prevent environmental calamities, economic disparity, violations of human rights, sub-par education, and healthcare challenges to the best of their abilities. But there is still much work to be done, especially in the field of poverty, environmental issues, and human rights. Let’s have a look at some of the Top Global Priorities in Global Development in Africa in 2018.

According to the World Bank, poverty is declining, especially in Africa, although the number of poor people is increasing. Africa has seen significant economic growth, but Africa’s population grew rapidly over last few years. The rate at which poverty is falling is less than the rate at which the population is rising, so many people still remain living in poverty. The economic growth is not equally divided across the continent either. In South Africa, fewer people are living in poverty than in South Sudan or Ethiopia. According to The Borgen Project, 75% of the world’s poorest countries are located in Africa. Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Ethiopia are poor, and the Central African Republic was in 2016 ranked as the poorest country in the world

The African continent is probably the most vulnerable to climate change and natural calamities because of existing, multiple stress factors and low adaptive capacity. Climate change can lead to poverty, political conflicts, and overall degradation of the African ecosystem. Global warming and pollution are causing more deaths in Africa than (child) malnutrition and dirty water according to an article in The Guardian. Climate change also increases the risk of floods, droughts, earthquakes, and devastating hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, and Maria which we witnessed in 2017.

In many African countries, human rights are violated. However, progress on human rights has been made in Africa. But there is still considerable inequality between men and women. Women still lack the basic rights men have and are not treated equally. LBGTQ citizens are threatened. In some countries, being gay or lesbian is an offense and can lead to years of imprisonment or even the death penalty. Human rights should be at the core of the democracies in Africa. Human rights that are respected can promote economic growth and a positive investment climate which can lead to more progress in Africa on all fronts.

Refugees are always a priority for NGO’s and humanitarian organizations. On a daily basis, we all see the refugee crisis in the news. We see stories about people that fled their homes and country due to violence, war, oppression, and/or hunger, all looking for a better future. Africans looking for a better future try to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in flimsy, unsafe boats. We also acknowledge the refugees from Syria who are hosted in neighboring countries such as Turkey and Lebanon. The crisis in South Sudan is a priority as well as the war in Yemen. A refugee crisis emerged in Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim-minority group, are fleeing the country to Bangladesh. A lot of compassionate NGO’s and a number of faith-based organizations are helping refugees.

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