Abraham Leno

A former refugee in Guinea, Abraham watched his mother sell her jewelry when there was nothing left to trade just to feed the family. He and his siblings had to sell fuel in bottles on the street corners so that they could have a meal, sometimes making only a dollar a day. He says he …

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Behind the Refugee Crisis, the Internally Displaced Wait Their Turn

At last, the world has woken up to one of the biggest challenges of our age. We are witnessing massive movements of people on an unprecedented scale. And while the current focus on migrants and refugees is welcome, it risks obscuring an equally worrying trend of people displaced within their own countries. Just look at …

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So You Like Bananas? Me Too! Our Speed Date With Global Activists

Earlier this week, we went on a speed date — yes, a real speed date — with some of the most talented change-makers from the developing world. It's the quirky way the Aspen Institute, an international leadership organization, introduces the global development champions from their New Voices Fellowship to the U.S. media every year. Journalists get 7 …

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Kenya must respect the human rights of Somali refugees

In the wake of the Garissa University College shootings that left nearly 150 people dead, the Kenyan government has threatened to close the world's largest refugee camp. In response, US Secretary of State John Kerry promised an extra $45m to the United Nations to cope with their refugee crisis, presenting an opportunity for Kenya to support over …

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New Voices in Food Security and Nutrition

Last week, Feed the Future caught up with the 2014 class of the Aspen Institute‚Äôs New Voices Fellowship, designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. The Fellowship, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, helps recipients sharpen their messages, elevate their stories and communicate their insights …

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