Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Gap Report

Categories: Africa,Asia,Health/Medical,Latin America,Statistics,United Nations


Estimates that 19 million people of the 35 million people living with HIV are unaware of their HIV-positive status. Offers regional snapshots of trouble areas, and portraits of the 12 populations who are at greatest risk of being left behind in the campaign to eradicate AIDs.  From UN Aids


Children and Armed Conflict [2013]: Report of the Secretary-General

Categories: Afghanistan,Africa,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Syria,United Nations

Covers 23 conflict situations mostly in Africa and the Middle East, and mistreatment of children by seven national armies and 50 armed groups.  From the United Nations


International Food Security Assessment, 2014-2024

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Surveys the status of food insecurity in 76 low- and-middle-income countries.  Projects the number of food-insecure people to fall 9% from 2013 to 2014 with Sub-Saharan Africa projected to remain the most food-insecure area.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Elephant Conservation, Illegal Killing, and Ivory Trade

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Headlines,United Nations

Warns that poaching rates for African elephants continue to far exceed the natural elephant population growth rates, resulting in a further decline in the elephant population.  Identifies African poverty, weak governance, and the demand for ivory in consuming states as the major reasons for the illegal killing.  From the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species


Progress in Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): U.S. and Global Efforts from FY2006 to FY2015

Categories: Africa,Asia,Health/Medical,Latin America

Discusses the nature and prevalence of NTDs such as dengue fever, U.S. and global actions to reduce the incidence, and actions that Congress might consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Laws Criminalizing Apostasy in Selected Jurisdictions

Categories: Africa,Asia,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

Surveys the apostasy laws in 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.  From the Law Library of Congress


Why Do Youth Join Boko Haram?

Categories: Africa,Terrorism,Youth

Examines the reasons why young men join extremist organizations like Boko Haram and what the Nigerian government might do to alleviate this problem. From the United States Institute of Peace


The UK’s Response to Extremism and Instability in North and West Africa

Categories: Africa,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,European Union,Great Britain,Terrorism,United Nations

Response of the British government to questions raised about this topic by Parliament.  Affirms support for efforts by the European Union and the United Nations to control drug trafficking and  terrorism in the Western Sahel-Sahara region, Algeria, Nigeria and Mali. Parliamentary Command Paper Cm 8861


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