Monthly Archives: May 2016

The State of Infant and Maternal Health
By admin May 26, 2016

Earlier this month the world celebrated the International Day of the Midwife and several countries worldwide celebrated Mother’s Day. However, as much as we revere motherhood, there are still hundreds of thousands of women in the world who die from childbirth simply because they lack access to life-saving medical services. There has been significant progress

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Hungry over a Fertile Land: Africa and the Promise of Large-Scale Agribusiness
By admin May 23, 2016

  Throughout the world farmers face similar set of opportunities and challenges to sustain their business and livelihood. In Africa, however, these challenges tend to be of greater magnitudes.   In the continent agriculture employs 65 percent of labor force and contributes 32 percent to the GDP. There are approximately 80 million acres of arable

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Mexican Women Proclaim “No More!” To Violence
By admin May 20, 2016

Femicide and other violence against women has become a nation wide epidemic in Mexico, increasing over the last two decades, despite global trends favoring the rights of women. While the Border States have a reputation for abusing maquiladora factory women, who are often poor and indigenous, the violence is not exclusive to Northern Mexico. According

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Refugee Crises: Threats or Opportunities?
By admin May 11, 2016

  In late April, US President Barack Obama met with Western European leaders to address the the unprecedented challenges facing Europe not seen since the Second World War. These challenges include a vast range of perceived threats from security risks – such as the rise of ISIS – to underperforming economies and the eminent danger

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Encouraging Harmony in Development
By admin May 5, 2016

Education is the most important tool in helping people overcome poverty worldwide. In the Global North and the Global South, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) tend to take precedence over the arts and humanities. While there is good reason to invest in the future of science and technology, preserving arts and culture can also contribute

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China and the Future of Development in the Middle East
By admin May 4, 2016

  China’s meteoric economic rise this century has naturally attracted the attention of Middle Eastern countries which face many of the challenges that China claims to have overcome, including pressure form a young and growing population, non-democratic models of governance and the issue of legitimacy, and perhaps more importantly – development. Xue Qingguo, head of

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