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What does it take to educate a girl? Framed by the United Nations global initiative to provide equal access to education for girls by 2015, To Educate a Girl takes a ground-up and visually stunning view of that effort through the eyes of girls in Nepal and Uganda who are out of school, starting school, or fighting against the odds to stay in school.

Kakenya Ntaiya had a dream: to become a teacher. On the way to achieving it, she has had to overcome obstacles and make tough compromises. But, after becoming the first girl from her Maasai village to attend college, she has opened a path for other young girls achieve their dreams.

Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject), Smile Pinki tells the uplifting story of two young children in India born with cleft lips. Thanks to the efforts of Smile Train, an organization that pays for surgeries to fix clefts, thousands of children around the world are given a second lease on life every single day.
Save the Children's "Girls' Voices" project started in Southern Bangladesh in 2006 with the aim of encouraging young women to take control of their lives and their futures. It has touched 42,000 lives since then—including those of Shilpi and her family.
Florence, Esnart, Ng'andwe and Precious all come from backgrounds of extreme poverty in rural Zambia. They've embarked on five months of intensive training in leadership and enterprise. With courage and determination, these young women defy the odds and establish their own successful businesses, proving that anything is possible.
A strange sight appears amidst the violence and poverty of Kabul: girls and boys gliding through the war-torn city on flat boards with wheels on the bottom, their shoes seemingly glued to the surface. But even more unusual than the sight of Afghan teenage skateboarders is the expression on their faces. They're smiling.
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More than 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water, and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include a target to halve the fraction of the world’s population without access to water and sanitation by 2015.
Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services. More broadly, it is a movement whose object is "a world in which as many poor and near-poor households as possible have permanent access to an appropriate range of high quality financial services, including not just credit but also savings, insurance, and fund transfers."
Governance is the activity of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. Transparency implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparent procedures include open meetings, financial disclosure statements, the freedom of information legislation, budgetary review, audits, etc.
Three of the UN's Millennium Development Goals directly address health issues (reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases) but it is an area that either impacts on, or is impacted by just about every issue facing the developing world: access to clean water, poverty, gender issues, and so on.
Issues surrounding agriculture and food affect every corner of the world, from obesity and genetically modified crops in the industrialized nations, to malnutrition and famine in many developing countries.
From hand-cranked devices for grinding corn to solar powered wireless communications networks, technology has as an important part to play in the lives of people living in developing nations as it does in the industrialized world.
While issues such as poverty, health, and conflict can affect anyone, they often impact the sexes differently. This means the solution to many problems also vary.
Education has many vital roles to play in developing nations, whether it is by passing along local knowledge vital to communities, helping adults learn new skills, or preparing children for their future lives.
Environmental concerns range in scale from global issues such as climate change to more localized problems such as pollution and overfishing. However, the developing world has an important part to play in finding and implementing solutions.
Also known as foreign aid, international aid, or overseas aid, foreign assistance is a situation in which one country helps another country through some form of donation. The main recipients of foreign aid are developing countries, and the main contributors are industrialized nations.
A change maker is a social entrepreneur with a passion to do more than do good. Change makers have come to the fore as social activists with a non-violent change agenda
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