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Worst Flood hits God’s own Country
By admin August 24, 2018

Kerala, a state in southern India, also known as “Gods own country” because of its marvelous beauty and natural splendor, is in shambles because of devastating floods. Nearly 400 people have died and several thousands still remain stranded by some of the worst flooding in the State. According to reports, about one million people have

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The growth of city and urban development
By admin August 23, 2018

More and more people are attracted to living in cities. Though it means a more financial cost to live in a city, many people still choose to live urban areas. Due to social and economic aspects, the benefits of living in a city far outweigh the costs of living in a city. With innovation in

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Fall Armyworm and Global Food Security: Why should we be concerned?
By admin August 21, 2018

Since its outbreak in Nigeria in 2016, the Fall Armyworm has spread precipitously across sub-Saharan Africa and has extended to India.  The Fall Armyworm (FAW), or Spodoptera frugiperda is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In its larva stage, it can cause significant damage to crops, if not meticulously

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IN MEMORIAM: Kofi Annan
By admin August 20, 2018

When Kofi Annan became Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1997, he had already been within the UN system for almost 35 years – starting as a budget officer for the World Health Organization and rising through the ranks to become head of personnel for the office of the UN High Commission for Refugees; Assistant Secretary-General for

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‘Red Tide’ in Florida causes the blues
By admin August 17, 2018

The sudden bloom of toxic algae has infected the waters of Southwest Florida causing a state of emergency. The algae are found in marine environments for most of the year, but the past two months have produced high concentrations. This red tide has made breathing difficult for the local residents, slowed tourism, and filled the

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Why Should the Reemergence of a Debt Crisis across Developing Countries Matter?
By admin August 14, 2018

With financial turmoil in Turkey rolling the country’s assets, elsewhere in the world the risks of the reemergence of a global sovereign debt crisis is looming. A new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) indicates that government debt in some of the world’s poorest countries is rising to risky levels.  Another study by the

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A Pipeline for Prosperity & Peace
By admin August 13, 2018

Efforts to reach an agreement between the United States and North Korea have somewhat soured, and the future of denuclearization is unclear as the two countries seem to have different definitions of the word. But peace efforts between the two Koreas have better prospects and the two nations are considering the many ways their countries

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Bangladesh’s Road to Safe Transportation
By admin August 10, 2018

Last Sunday, two students were killed by a bus in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. Two buses were reportedly racing to collect passengers at the time of the deaths, a common occurrence in this regularly gridlocked city. Establishing an effective system of public transportation has been a struggle for Bangladesh; its transport sector is widely seen

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International Trade Winners and Conflicts
By admin August 9, 2018

Undeniably, international trade has boosted economies. Consumers have benefited with cheaper price on goods and services than they are willing to pay. Producers also have benefited with higher price on goods and services than they are willing to sell. In economic terms, we call it consumer and producer ‘surplus.’ This condition has been sustained because

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The Cost of Poor Maternal Health
By admin August 8, 2018

In 2009, Ban Ki-Moon stated that “All people benefit” when maternal health care is improved. The maternal mortality rate fell by 44% between 1990 and 2015, yet the current maternal mortality ratio of 216 out of 100,000 live births, is still too high. The risk of maternal death is 1 in 41 in low-income countries,

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Lessons from the pitfalls of MDG 2.
By admin August 7, 2018

In a significant number of developing countries, few children graduate from secondary school, and a majority do not finish primary school. According to UNICEF, 59 million children are missing out on primary school education, 13 million children are not in school because of conflicts in the MENA region, and 22% of primary school age children

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Let’s Talk Peace
By admin August 6, 2018

After nearly 5 years of civil war, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are negotiating a deal that will allow the rebel leader to return to government as the most senior of five vice presidents, putting an end to a conflict that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Elsewhere, the UN’s

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Sun Sets On Dubai’s Financial World
By admin August 3, 2018

Abraaj, a private equity firm in Dubai that managed $14 billion at its peak, ran into trouble last month after using borrowed money to pay salaries and other costs that were not covered by the management fees it charged investors. Abraaj is accused of commingling funds, a term used to describe using money from investors

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The Importance of Girls Education in Global Development
By admin August 1, 2018

As women and girls account for about half of the world’s population. Women are important members of their communities and critical facilitators of global development. However, due to lack of proper education, some girls are unable to reach their full potential. Girls are under-represented in schools, with a 4% gender gap in primary school enrollment

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Building A Resilient Healthcare System: recent lessons from Ebola virus disease outbreaks in Africa
By admin July 31, 2018

On July 24, 2018, the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially declared an end to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that had raged on in the northwestern part of the country since the first case was reported in May 2018. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 54 cases of

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What ADB’s Strategy 2030 Tell Us about the Future of Asia-Pacific
By admin July 30, 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sets a broad vision for the future of the Asia and the Pacific with a new long-term corporate strategy. ‘Strategy 2030’ outlines an agenda that considers the multiple challenges and the changing needs of this vast and important region. The highly-anticipated plan aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and

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Distorting Childhood: The Gaza story
By admin July 27, 2018

Children living in conflict-affected regions are brought up alongside bloodshed, brutalities, oppression and violence causing them to go through traumas, emotional and physical, that no child ever should. Children inhabiting the Gaza strip are living proof of this harsh reality. Their daily lives are miserable. They have little to no access to electricity or clean

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Project Finance and Development
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  In a modern economy, companies finance themselves with equities and debts. If their business gets the degree to which they no longer internally finance with founders’ own assets, they start to seek more financial liquidity through external financing. In return, companies pay dividends to equity holders and interests to debt holders, respectively. With this

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Agriculture and the Least Developed Countries
By admin July 25, 2018

Even though the world’s farmers are producing enough calories to feed the entire population plus an additional 1.6 billion people, hunger remains an issue as the calories are not evenly distributed. Innovation in food production has helped feed a growing population. However, in the least developed countries (LDCs), advancements in agricultural technology are lagging behind.

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China’s Investments in Africa: striking a delicate balance.
By admin July 24, 2018

China has emerged as Africa’s largest trading partner, providing a market for the continent’s energy and minerals. This week, the Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on a four-leg tour of the African continent as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. President Xi has scheduled visits to Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Mauritius all in

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