Monthly Archives: December 2016

TBG HOLIDAY NOTE
By admin December 29, 2016

The Bassiouni Group (TBG) would like to take this opportunity to wish “Happy Holidays” and a prosperous 2017 to all our friends, colleagues and partners worldwide. This has been an exceptionally busy and exciting year for TBG and we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked with and partnered with us

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Q&A: Our Interns Look Back on their Experience at TBG
By admin December 27, 2016

Read about what our research interns have to say about their experience working with TBG. If you are interested in applying for the Summer 2017 cycle, please send your application to info(at)bassiounigroup.com. Meet the Interns: Matteo Vidiri is a Research Associate at TBG based in Rome. Prior to his Master’s degree in International Political Economy

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Living and Dying in the Anthropocene
By admin December 21, 2016

Climate change news is something we come across nearly every day. Many of us are painstakingly aware that the ocean level is expanding and the planet is becoming drier. Many issues arise from climate change including food security and overcrowding in addition to the changes in the weather. So have people permanently changed the planet?

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Is Infrastructure Development Slicing and Dicing our Ecosystem?
By admin December 19, 2016

“Road-building” might sound innocuous, like “house maintenance” – or even positive, conjuring images of promoting the foundation of economic growth. Many of us have been trained to think so.  But an unprecedented spate of road building is happening now, with around 25 million kilometers of new paved roads expected by 2050. And that’s causing many

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A Diplomat and a Dealmaker: Antonio Guterres as Next United Nations Secretary-General
By admin December 16, 2016

Much of the rhetoric over the United Nations (UN) these days concerns the organization’s image in the world. With numerous wars producing millions of refugees in addition to the many other services the UN provides, they are stretched thin to say the least. Some will say that the organization needs to be less bureaucratic while

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United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security
By admin December 15, 2016

Corruption is a substantial obstacle for economic development and business growth. It is startling that “every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes, while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 percent of global GDP,” according to the UN Factsheets. Collective action is needed in order

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Rethinking Ethiopia’s Land Management System
By admin December 13, 2016

In the past few years, African governments have strongly committed to tackling climate change. They have begun to actively react against visible environmental changes that today keep threatening local communities, in particular farmers’ lands. Through the Bonn Challenge and others initiatives, African governments are creating new initiatives to both prevent and rebuild from climate disasters.

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Media Broadcasts Global Inequality
By admin December 12, 2016

Every day, much of humanity now has the possibility to gather information from all around the world, relating to anyone and sharing opinions and thoughts with a plethora of other individuals. Our connected world is filled with expressions of freedom and equality. The Internet and social networks gives voice to every individual that has one,

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The United States Role in the World Today
By admin December 7, 2016

Models are important as they serve as a platform by which others can not only learn from, but at the same time grow and present something new and reformed. When thinking about other countries development trajectory, an often looked to model is the United States. As an example of modernity in the economic, social and

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The Fight Against AIDS Needs a Stronger Framework
By admin December 6, 2016

  This year, 1.1 million people have lost their lives because of AIDS and the disease infects still today nearly 6,000 people every day. AIDS is one of the main reasons of death among children and women in Africa. However, it is fundamental to underline the outstanding progress the International Community has made in the

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The Ethical Side of Agricultural Growth Projects in Africa
By admin December 5, 2016

Amongst the many challenges Africa faces today, we can surely enlist obstacles related to food production as one of them. With massive population growth facing countries across the continent, along with the environmental challenges related to climate change and low yield growth, Africa needs to expand food production or it may never resolve its massive

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