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Global Majority: A Journal of Student Research

The Global Majority E-Journal (ISSN 2157-1252) is a biannual journal publishing on critical issues in the lives of the global majority: the more than 80 percent of the world's population living in developing countries. Topics discussed include poverty, population growth, access to safe water, climate change, and agricultural development. All articles are based on research papers written by AU undergraduate students (mostly freshmen) as one of the course requirements for AU's General Education Course: Econ-110, The Global Majority.

Current Issue Volume 8, Number 2, December 2017

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Muslim Baby-Boom? Examining Fertility in Bangladesh and Lebanon

By Kendell Lincoln

While fertility has long been understood as under the influence of many factors, the effects of cultural circumstances, namely religion, are understudied. As fertility rates remain high in the developing world and many majority Muslim countries, the need for further analysis becomes evident as high fertility rates seem to hold back growth and development. This article uses Bangladesh and Lebanon as case studies to examine the evolution of fertility rates over time and to what degree religion remains a determinant for fertility rates.

Climate Change and Natural Disasters in India and Brazil

By Joseph Bisaccia

This article looks at the effects that climate change has on the developing world based on recent experiences in Brazil and India. Both of these countries have vastly growing economics, but climate change and the natural disasters that it cases are hindering further progress. Based on a UNICEF report by Cabral et al. (2009), millions of deaths of children and adolescents in Brazil are a result of climate change. Similarly, a World Bank report by Hallegatte et al. (2016) concluded that climate change could negate India's progress, as it may push almost 50 million people into extreme poverty over the next 15 years. This article analyzes the effects that climate change had on Brazil and India, focusing on floods, droughts and food production.

Leave the Knot Untied: Education and Child Marriage in Bangladesh and Bolivia

By Emily Lytle

This article looks at education and child marriage in Bangladesh and Bolivia. More specifically, it examines how education can prevent girls from marrying when they are still children. While Bangladesh and Bolivia are both developing countries, they are very different in terms of income per capita, culture and the prevalence of child marriage. Therefore, this article will analyze the roots of these differences as well as some similar explanations for child marriage in Bangladesh and Bolivia. It will also look at what policies and initiatives have been successful to reduce child marriage in Bolivia and Bangladesh.

Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture in Guatemala and Honduras

By Karissa Waddick

This article looks at the impact of climate change in Guatemala and Honduras. Both countries rely on agriculture as a main source of income, hence they are highly vulnerable to climate change. Indeed, both countries have already been severely affected by past weather-related disasters that were induced by climate change. Guatemala and Honduras have started to adapt to climate change by farming more efficiently and conserving water. However, much more needs to be done to cope with long-term increase in temperatures and the increasingly volatile environment, which could strip away the agricultural livelihoods of the still many poor people in both countries.

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