• How you can help children without volunteering in an orphanage

    Recently, Words in the Bucket (WIB) published an opinion piece, titled, “to stop the institutionalization of children, stop volunteering in orphanages.” This piece argued that the increase of foreigners wanting to volunteer with children in developing countries has led to an increase in orphanages and, subsequently, the number of...
  • Overfishing causing food insecurity in Senegal, and it’s all about China

    This isn’t a competition small-scale fishermen are going to win on their own. In a study by Frontier in Marine Society, researchers have found China catches more fish in a week than Senegal does in a year....
  • Forgotten or ignored: the conflict in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

    Mohamed Adam stared at the burnt rubble in front of him, oblivious to the heat of the noonday sun as he surveyed all his hard work, his home and food storage preparations, destroyed in a matter of minutes. A melted cassette can be seen peeping out of the ash...
  • Striving for progress in the shadow of a civil war

    The conflict Sierra Leone’s civil war was a long and brutal affair.  In addition to rebels and military combatants, over 50,000 civilians died between 1991 and 2002, and numerous others were maimed and abused.  Formed out of discontent following the country’s independence in 1961, the rebel group Revolutionary United...
  • The making of a creative debate in Tunisia

    Tunisia has recently shown promising achievements, such as the new law against gender-based violence that was passed at the end of July 2017, making Tunisia the leading country in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region in women’s rights. However, the fact that the political revolution in Tunisia...
  • What you should know about the Universal Basic Income

    Universal basic income (UBI) has increasingly and excitedly being advocated by both academics and activists in the fight against unemployment, poverty and income inequality. More than by academics and activists, it has been advocated also by some of the world’s biggest tech companies. This apparent odd convergence of interests...
  • Digital humanitarianism: old logics, new networks

    Humanitarian aid is often at the centre of debates about efficiency, corruption and costly bureaucratic procedure. Digital technology seems to offer an alternative to centralised aid governance by allowing people to take direct initiative such as in the case of crowdfunding; participate in decentralised peer-to-peer systems allowed by blockchain...
  • Young mother with children at Nyamebekyere clinic in Ghana. Source: Flickr

    The importance of family planning

    If you are a woman of reproductive age, there is a 64 percent chance that you use some form of contraception. In Europe, this figure is 80 percent, while in the United States, latest statistics reveal that there is approximately a 62 percent chance you are using contraception. While...
  • Can planting trees bring social change to Tunisia

    Green hope

    Tunisia is, after Jordan, the second country in the Mediterranean area to be most affected by drought and dryness. Not only is it the smallest country in the Maghreb, it is also the one with the least reliable water resources. Aware of this problem and with the intention of...
  • UNMISS SRSG briefing the Security Council on the current situation in South Sudan. Source: UNMISS

    Is peace possible in South Sudan?

    The crisis in South Sudan is now daily in the news. The extensive media reporting on the human suffering and the tireless efforts of NGOs, the UN and other humanitarian agencies to help captures for the world the dire situation. But what is the cause of this deepening crisis...
  • Joint democracy

    The Tunisian National Security Council, convoked by Tunisian president Béji Caid Essebsi in Carthage on 15th March 2017, talked about terrorism and national security, but also about joints. Indeed, the agenda of the meeting included the reform of Law 52, a law that imposes a minimum mandatory sentence of...
  • Back to basics

    The importance of basic education, both primary and secondary, has increasingly occupied the academic literature, highlighting its relevance for economic development. Higher educational levels result in higher levels of labor productivity, which in turn, relate to higher levels of income. The universalization of basic education is often pointed out...
  • What if we tackled poverty differently?

    What sort of a society would you like to live in if you knew nothing about where you would end up? Picture yourself in an aware state before your birth but without any knowledge about what circumstances you were going to be born into: which neighbourhood you will live...
  • Unseen crisis

    Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is facing an unprecedented crisis in the Northeast which has now spread to the entire Lake Chad Basin region including parts of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. The Crisis caused by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has displaced 2.5 million people making it the...
  • Aid: the new frontier in the fight for justice

    For decades the West’s policy in fighting global poverty has been exemplified by Bob Geldof’s immortal words: “give us the money”. Millions of people heard this call from gigs around the world, organised to raise funds for an ongoing Ethiopian famine which had impregnated and planted itself in the...