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Key Takeaways from the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2017
By admin May 23, 2017

Some 1,200 global leaders recently convened in Jordan at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 2017. The themes of this year’s conference touched on Syria, President Trump, jobs, and a possible post-oil economy. In addition, these global leaders discussed means of supporting the burden of refugees as well

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What can Big Data Do for Development?
By admin May 22, 2017

Last week, May 17th, marked the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. It is celebrated to raise awareness of the use of Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) to promote social and economic development. Themed on Big Data for Big Impact, this year’s focus is on the power of big data for development

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Chechnya ‘Genocide’
By admin May 19, 2017

Chechnya leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been accused for carrying out genocide against gay individuals, called out as a “wave of persecution.” In a specific case when a teenager was reportedly thrown out of a window on the ninth-floor after his uncle discovered he was gay. Etienne Deshoulieres, a lawyer who supports three gay rights groups,

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An eAtlas to Better Understand Gender inequality in Out-Of-School Children
By admin May 10, 2017

Out-of-School gender rate disparities vary greatly from one region to another even though they are almost alike at the global level. Gender disparities are the highest in Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. Because of the many conflict-hit areas in Arab states, it is difficult to precisely quantify gender disparities in out-of-school

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Genocide in South Sudan
By admin May 9, 2017

About a month ago, the UN commission of inquiry for South Sudan was given leverage to start targeting perpetrators that commit human rights abuses such as rapes and tortures that are being played out currently. To note, there are major concerns that South Sudanese nationals are being ethnically cleansed by government forces and their allies.

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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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