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YALI Voices: Building a sustainable tomorrow through fiscal transparency

By: Saied Tafida Challenged by the need to change the poor living conditions surrounding him while he was growing up in the North Eastern Nigeria, Saied Sulaman Tafida made the decision to walk the path of improving transparency. He started volunteering, with NGOS when he was 18. He observed that...

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Country of the Week: Togo

This week we’re celebrating Togo, as well as three Togolese individuals who support and advance individual rights and civic engagement.  David Gilmour, the U.S. Ambassador in Togo has a special message for Togolese members of the YALI Network: Pour lire le message de l’ambassadeur en français, cliquez ici. The Young...

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Country of the Week: Namibia

Did you know that Namibia is home to the world’s oldest desert? Geographically vast, Namibia is filled with spectacular natural attractions. As a result, the landscape entices visitors with a thriving ecotourism industry. From lodges and reserves to extreme sports, Namibia welcomes the adventurous spirit within all of us! Apart...

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Country of the Week: Seychelles

Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands situated 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Africa in the Indian Ocean, is blessed with beautiful beaches, mountain rainforests, and a modern society that blends the many immigrant cultures that have made the islands their home since the 1700s. Yet, despite all this diversity, the...

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What constitutes ‘dangerous speech,’ and what can you do about it?

In the United States, courts have repeatedly protected the rights of those who make hateful comments and post racist images. But the allowance of hate speech doesn’t mean there is unlimited free speech. The courts have also ruled that if someone makes a direct threat against another person or incites...

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Is there an art to mediating conflicts?

Being a mediator is not really about trying to understand someone else’s conflict in order to help resolve it. It’s more about working with the parties to get them to understand their own conflict, said Peter Sampson, who works at the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) as the...

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