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Colombia: Referendum Result Presents Opportunity for Dialogue
After more than four years of negotiations, the referendum to ratify the final peace agreement that would end the armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas was held on October 2, 2016. It…
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“Visibility is the First Stepping Stone For All Our Other Rights”: How WITNESS is Using Video to Fight Abuses in Rio
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South Asia: Skoll Awardees Drive Change in Health and Gender Equality
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Communications as Critical Change Agent
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New Hope That Water Can Be a Bridge to Mideast Peace
Israelis and Palestinians often play the blame game on the crucial issue of water. Palestinians scream “water apartheid” and Israelis respond with accusations of a “sewage intifada.” But recently there…
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Refugees in Turkey Must Be Allowed to Find Their Own Solutions
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Unleashing Young People’s Potential to Build a Culture of Peace
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Follow Wanjala Wafula, a women's rights activist from Kenya, in his day-to-day work to convince men that ending child marriage is not just a necessity: it is their responsibility. The…
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In light of the controversy surrounding former President Mohamed Nasheed's arrest and sentencing to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge…
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Kofi Annan shares his vision for a more equitable and peaceful world. This is the first in a special series from the Skoll World Forum featuring social entrepreneurs and other…