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Spreading Access to Finance Across Ghana, One New Customer at a Time

February 25, 2016 | Kate Murphy

By making face-to-face contact with people, mobile bankers help ease newcomers into the formal financial system.

Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy

February 23, 2016 | Carolyn O’Neil

Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.

The Struggle of Displaced Journalists in Ukraine

February 22, 2016 | Ilona Sabera

The conflict in Ukraine has forced many journalists to relocate, but their work has only become more vital.

In Georgia, Living Proof That Harsh Punishments Don’t Stop Drug Use

February 22, 2016 | David Otiashvili

Despite making strides in reform, possession of more than a gram of heroin can still earn you a longer prison sentence than murder.

You Can’t Bomb Your Way to Peace

February 19, 2016 | Larry Attree

A new series of reports shows the futility of using direct force to pursue global stability.

Grantee Spotlight

Between Two Countries Often at Odds, a Youth Alliance Forms

February 17, 2016 | Zubair Azam, Suleiman Amanzad

Young delegates from Afghanistan and Pakistan toured each other’s countries, finding common ground and learning that they’re not so different after all.

Kyrgyzstan’s Long Fight for Generic Drugs Is Finally Paying Off

February 17, 2016 | Aibek Mukambetov

With more affordable medicines, pervasive illnesses like hepatitis C can be treated more widely.

Nepal’s Culture of Impunity Is Derailing Its Human Rights Investigations

February 12, 2016 | Som Niroula, Neetu Pokharel

Nearly 40 commissions have dug into the atrocities committed during the country’s internal conflicts. Nearly none of their recommendations have been implemented.

Grantee Spotlight

How Businesses Profit from Israeli Settlements

February 12, 2016 | Shawan Jabarin

Settlement businesses are perpetuating the Israeli occupation and violating Palestinians’ most basic rights. Palestinian civil society has worked hard to expose their complicity.

How Albania Is Reforming Its Troubled Justice System

February 11, 2016 | Andi Dobrushi

There is growing pressure on Albania to execute the fixes that virtually everyone agrees are sorely needed.

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