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The Importance of Promoting Applied Sciences in Africa
By admin May 3, 2017

More than half or Africa’s population is under the age of 30, making it the youngest population in the world. With one billion people spread across 50 countries, Africa only counts 2,000 colleges and universities. As a comparison, the United States’ population is of 320 million people and it counts over 4,000 colleges or universities.

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Invisible Children
By admin May 2, 2017

Statistics analyzed in a recent report by Plan International illustrate data that was used to formulate the question, “When does a child stop being a child and become a girl or a boy?” According to the World Bank, within the next decade about 40 million young adults in sub-Saharan Africa will drop out of school.

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Blended Finance for SDGs
By admin April 28, 2017

Image: http://www.makingitmagazine.net/?p=9987 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations (UN) set an ambitious agenda for common prosperity, with goals and targets covering areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. According to estimates by the UN, financing the SDGs will require annual investments of around US$3.9 trillion and currently there is

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP (TBG CAPITAL) AND SPENCER BARNOR CAPITAL JOIN NEWLY LAUNCHED “CONVERGENCE INVESTMENT NETWORK”
By admin April 27, 2017

TBG Capital, The Bassiouni Group’s investment division, is excited to announce a new milestone in its ongoing development: Together with its investment partner Spencer Barnor Capital, TBG Capital has united with the Convergence Investment Network, the newly-launched online platform from Toronto-based Convergence that “connects credible private, public, and philanthropic investors with one another to invest

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ODA at a Record High in 2016 as Aid to Poorest Countries Decreased
By admin April 26, 2017

  The year 2016 set a record in foreign assistance with USD $142.6 billion allocated to Development aid. This is almost nine percent more than in 2015. Despite these encouraging numbers, the recent data from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) shows that bilateral aid to the poorest countries actually decreased by nearly four percent.

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The “Meningitis-Belt”
By admin April 25, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that nearly 500 people have died this year in Nigeria due to a meningitis outbreak. Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control has reported that there are approximately 4,637 suspected cases lingering around the country. This center has also warned that there are not enough vaccines, more specifically “for the stereotype

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Empowering Girls and Women After Ebola
By admin April 20, 2017

Women farming in Liberia | UNMIL Photo It has been three years since the outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Between 2014 and 2015, a total of 28,616 Ebola cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with 11,310 deaths. Aside from the devastating health effects and loss of life,

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP COMPLETES UNITED NATIONS PROJECT IN DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA (DPRK)
By admin April 19, 2017

  To understand the Situation of Children and Women in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), UNICEF contracted The Bassiouni Group (TBG) to explain the causes of, and linkages between, issues affecting women and children and how the country’s resources, institutions, and structures can contribute to solving these challenges. To meet this goal, TBG

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Rebuilding After El Nino
By admin April 18, 2017

Southern Africa’s ecosystems and natural resources are at risk with temperatures rising, scarce water supplies, and severe droughts. The effects of El-Nino, that ended early 2016, still have not been dealt with and have continued to leave the region with continuous problems. The natural disaster was ranked as one of the top three since 1950.

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SMEs Driving Growth in Developing Countries
By admin April 13, 2017

Recognizing the importance of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs)in achieving the global development goals, the United Nations General Assembly recently designated 27 June as International Day for those actors. “These enterprises can in fact become the engines that sustain growth for long-term development in developing countries,” said the representative of the delegation of Argentina, which

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Transforming Education in Myanmar’s Rural Schools through ICT
By admin April 12, 2017

Photo by Ben White   Poverty in Myanmar is concentrated in rural areas, where livelihood is guaranteed by agriculture. Despite a decline in poverty from 2010 to 2015, according to a poverty analysis conducted by the World Bank, poverty still remains substantial. The country, and particularly its rural regions are recovering from the floods of

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Palestine on the Brink of a Humanitarian Crisis
By admin April 11, 2017

The Gaza Strip is on the verge of a “humanitarian crisis”. According to the United Nations, a top commander in the Israeli army had written to them to warn about the lack of water and electricity being supplied in the Gaza Strip, thus to prepare for such crisis. Not only did the top commander write,

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Lack of Safe Water in Countries Threatened by Famine
By admin April 5, 2017

Photo By: Bartosz Hadyniak   Just six years after Somalia faced a famine killing 260,000 people of starvation in 2011, famine has now been declared in certain regions of South Sudan. Both are caused by the same east African drought. This drought is worsening the situation in South Sudan, a country going through a civil

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Threatening Pests Take Hold In Africa
By admin April 4, 2017

Armyworm was first noticed in Africa nearly a year ago and has already “infested hundreds of thousands of hectares of maize across more than a dozen countries on the continent”. More specifically, this was first noticed in Nigeria in January 2016. This infestation is the beginning of a major threat to food security in these

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Elephant Poaching: Threat to Nature
By admin April 3, 2017

Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. According to Great Elephant Census released in 2016, Africa now has 352,271 savanna elephants left in 93 percent of the species’ range. The current yearly loss—overwhelmingly from poaching—is estimated at 8 percent. That’s about 27,000 elephants slaughtered

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How Resource Effenciency Could Finance Ambitious Climate Action
By admin March 31, 2017

Photo by Anthony Ingram The International Resource Panel, a group of experts in natural resource management hosted by the UN Environment, published a report earlier this month demonstrating how using our natural resources more efficiently would allow an annual economic benefit of up to $2 trillion per year by 2050. The Group of Seven (G7)

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Sex Slavery in the Islamic State
By admin March 28, 2017

“Every day, I had to swallow one in front of him. He gave me one box per month. When I ran out, he replaced it. When I was sold from one man to another, the box of pills came with me,” a girl who didn’t know she was being given birth control. Sexual slavery has

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Clean Water as a Means to Poverty Reduction
By admin March 23, 2017

March 22 is celebrated worldwide as International World Water Day. This year focuses particularly on wastewater, with the theme of this year asking, “Why waste water?”. According to the United Nations (UN), over 80 percent of all wastewater generated by human activities flows back to nature polluting environment. Currently 1.8 billion people use a source

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International Response to Famine in South Sudan
By admin March 22, 2017

Photo by Madi Robson   On Febuary 20, 2017, Famine was formally declared in certain regions of South Sudan, notably Leer and Mayendit. This was a first since the country gained independence in 2011. When a formal declaration of famine is issued, people have already died of hunger. Because quantitative data measuring the precise advancement

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Crisis in Somalia
By admin March 21, 2017

Somalia is on the brink of catastrophic disaster. More than half of Somalia’s population is in need of food assistance –over 6 million people, according to UN’s recent figures. With the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, lingering around the country, they block the roads leaving “no access for food aid.” The Somali people have been “neglected” from

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