At nearly 160 million inhabitants and a landmass just twice the size of New Brunswick, Bangladesh is a densely populated country. An abundance of cheap labour has fueled rapid growth, with Bangladesh aspiring to be a middle income country by 2021. But many are left behind. Almost two in five …

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Thinking of Kenya might draw to mind images of game parks, long distance runners, or the bustle of the capital city and regional hub, Nairobi. But breaking into our consciousness are new images, as drought ravages half the country and the number of food-insecure Kenyans has recently doubled to 2.7 …

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Myanmar (also known as Burma) is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, after years political and economic mismanagement along with international isolation. There is more hope today since former political prisoner and human rights activist, Aung San Kyi, won a political majority in 2015.  With this country opening …

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Like Bangaldesh, Pakistan has leveraged its large labour force to grow itself out of severe poverty. But also like its neighbour, Pakistan is beset by serious and entrenched child and maternal health issues – life and death for families and considered an obstacle to future growth. The most recent national …

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The people in Tanzania are among the poorest in our five program countries. Still, the country has made progress in reducing under-five mortality rates – from 165 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 49 today. But poverty and malnutrition are deeply related, and 1 in every 3 Tanzanian …

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The Countries

The program is operating communities in five countries. Learn more about each country and community: