Monthly Archives: August 2015

The UNSC’s P-5: Not So Permanent?
By admin August 28, 2015

Change is good, in fact, the world is changing at an incredible speed. Change, however, may at times be deemed a necessary evil when it comes to thinking about the Permanent Five (P-5) – the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which are briefly, the USA, China, Russia, France and the United

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The Quiet Boom
By admin August 24, 2015

There’s a quite boom echoing across Arica, but nowhere is it louder than in the landlocked country of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian economy is quickly on track to swap its least developed status for a full-scale industrialized economy, with hopes to make it Africa’s leading manufacturer – certainly proving to be a 21st century model in

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Extractive Industries and Local Communities: What’s at Stake?
By admin August 21, 2015

Inequality and essential services are two elements, which, more often than not, exist in an uncomfortable tandem. Nowhere else is this made more salient than in the relationship between local communities and mining companies. Often times, there is tension within this relationship when companies require the natural resources upon which local communities require for their

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World Humanitarian Day #ShareHumanity
By admin August 19, 2015

  Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day created by the United Nations following the 2003 bombing of UN Headquarters in Baghdad killing 22 UN employees. The UN, governments, NGOs and INGOs all over the world use this day to remember and pay tribute to humanitarian workers everywhere, especially those who have been injured or

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What’s Behind Brazil’s Discontent?
By admin August 17, 2015

As protests emerge once again across Brazil, with nearly 1 million demonstrating across 200 cities, we are left to examine the factors behind Brazil’s discontent.  Taking a step back, we should ask ourselves instead the bigger question: What is the source or instantaneous juncture that awakens slumbering grievances, and as a result, mobilize social and

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International Youth Day
By admin August 13, 2015

    In 1999 the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth requested the UN General Assembly support an annual International Youth Day. Since the acceptance of resolution 54/120 the United Nations has supported International Youth Day every year on August 12th. The Focal Point on Youth committee selects a theme every year considering input

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Saudi Arabia, Oil & A Looming Budgetary Crisis
By admin August 12, 2015

Saudi Arabia faces a budget deficit of 20% of GDP as the barrel of Brent crude oil is currently selling for less than $50. This is worrying for the country as oil accounts for roughly 90% of Saudi Arabia’s revenue and about half of its exports. The country’s revenue fell by 8% of GDP (or

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Africa Marks One-Year Polio Free
By admin August 11, 2015

  Today, August 11, 2015, marks a tremendous accomplishment for Africa and the development community as the continent celebrates achieving one year without any new cases of wild poliovirus for the first time in history. Just 20 years ago, every country on the continent was affected by the disease, but due to global immunization efforts

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Germany: Powering Through East Africa
By admin August 7, 2015

The German-owned development bank, KfW, has recently opened up a line of credit that will provide for the funding of African renewable and energy efficient projects. The fundamental aim of this funding is to encourage the development of solar and wind power projects. Such an agreement comes after a Frankfurt-based KfW’s investment and development subsidiary,

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The Hidden Cost of Corruption
By admin August 5, 2015

It is widely understood that the culture of corruption facing developing countries worldwide has a seismic affect concerning numerous aspects of the economy; most notably – hindering foreign investment and hampering economic growth. Corruption has also the tendency to distort markets and obstruct sustainable development, with estimates according to the African Development Bank (AfDB) suggesting that the

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Fragile States and State-Building
By admin August 4, 2015

Around the world, state-building activities take place in fragile countries. Although there is no globally agreed definition of a fragile country, it is generally accepted these are countries that fail to function normally and development is often abandoned due to severe shortages of social, economic, and human capacities. In this context, the international community tries

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