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Funding Flood Disaster after Cyclone Idai
By admin April 8, 2019

The Idai Cyclone has caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Idai struck the coast of Mozambique, near Beira on March 14, 2019. Weeks after the cyclone hit, flood waters receded to show the landscape of destroyed houses, roads, and crops just before harvest. The confirmed total number of deaths is still unknown, but

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THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: THE MOTHER OF SMARTPHONE BUT VICTIM OF RICH NATURAL RESOURCES
By admin January 23, 2019

Established as an official Belgian colony in 1908, the then-Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960. The country’s early years were marred by political and social instability and today, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is still reeling from the effects of a widespread civil war, preventable diseases and starvation. Weak governance

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Is Africa Ready for Population Growth?
By admin January 17, 2019

Africa’s population today is estimated at 1.2 billion. Population growth in Africa is projected to double in the next three decades to 2 billion. As the world faces many challenges related to global warming, civil and international conflicts, and humanitarian crises, the thought of more people on this earth heightens insecurities. However, more people can

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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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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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Sustainable Development: A Failing Public Project?
By admin July 19, 2018

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are comprised of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Calling for a strong cooperation among countries to effectively deal with looming global challenges, goals are applied to not only developing

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FDI: What can the developing countries do differently?
By admin July 17, 2018

In the face of inadequate resources to finance infrastructure and long-term sustainable development in a significant number of the developing countries, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has assumed a prominent place as an integral part of an open and effective international economic system and a major catalyst for development. The World Bank defines FDI as a

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The Poverty-Environment-Development Nexus: Implications for Sustainable Development
By admin July 3, 2018

The Poverty-Environment Initiative, a global UN enterprise that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages, has produced exciting new knowledge drawn from the last ten years of specific UN interventions in 23 countries in Africa, Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. The term ‘poverty-environment-development nexus’ refers to the mutually inclusive linkages

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Trading Old Strategies in Pursuit of International Growth
By admin June 27, 2018

Trade has long been considered a strategic tool to reduce poverty and increase economic growth. However, to ensure sustainable economic growth through trade, it must be improved. By combining strategies, a fully optimized trade might be possible. One strategy was introduced by Gambia’s Vice President, Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, in mid-June. She noted that developing countries have

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Tapping Superplatforms to Further Economic Growth & Financial Inclusion
By admin February 16, 2018

  Superplatforms, the “Platforms of Platforms” Experts have claimed that banks are decaying, but they have persisted over time. However, the entrance of new internet “superplatforms” into financial services may be the end for some traditional financial institutions.   Superplatforms are successful and regularly recognized on lists of the world’s most innovative and client-centered companies.

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Kenya’s Dynastic Political Rivalry
By admin August 10, 2017

On Tuesday, as the results of the Presidential election poured in, Kenya anxiously laid in wait – would mass ethnic violence erupt as it did in 2007 or would a peaceful and credible demonstration of democracy prevail? After 97 percent of the votes counted, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken what appears to be an

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The Potential of Nuclear Power for African Development
By admin July 7, 2017

As the African population continues to exponentially grow, governments in the continent look for ways to keep up with the booming population. One such way of economic development is by looking towards alternative energy sources, such as nuclear energy. Nuclear energy, in coordination with other clean sources of power, can be a major and efficient

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Israel’s Development Plans in Africa
By admin June 29, 2017

Over the past few years Israel has ramped up its effort to expand its economy into emerging markets in the developing world.  In May 2016 the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry visited the Ivory Coast and Ghana to meet with officials to discuss development efforts.  Israel received aid from the World Bank until the

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In Africa, The Future is Female
By admin June 14, 2017

A newly emerged networking group composed of individuals from the United Nations, African Union, and the Permanent Mission of Germany aims to create a platform that tackles peace, stability, and good governance within Africa through female leaders. The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) involves 80 participants from varying parts of Africa, many ranging from Africa’s

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China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative
By admin June 12, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made a statement that the world should move towards an integrated global economy and away from protectionism. He emphasized the ‘One belt, One road’ initiative which uses billions of dollars of Chinese investment into building infrastructure along the Silk Road. Although many countries would benefit directly and indirectly from the

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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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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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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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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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Utilizing ICT to Education in sub-Saharan Africa
By admin February 9, 2017

Today tablets, laptops, and multimedia are increasingly used in classrooms. Technology in education might be commonplace in the developed world. But the same is taking place in many African countries. At the University of South Africa, curriculum is taught through distance learning, and has over 310,000 South African and international students enrolled. Mauritius has connected

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Digital Health in Africa
By admin January 12, 2017

In recent years, the rapid growth of digital technology and the expansion of access to mobile phones have created new opportunities to improve public health in Africa. Today, countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are leading the way in using digital solutions for health service delivery. Digital health, as it is known,

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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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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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Africa’s Lack of Energy Needs a New Approach to Renewables
By admin November 22, 2016

By the end of COP22 in Marrakech, 111 nations will have signed up to the Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP21), contributing to probably one of the most important commitments to date: fighting climate change and halting its long-term consequences. While the negotiations in Paris focused mainly on establishing targets and the main obligations that countries

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Shining a Light on Africa’s Energy Poverty
By admin November 1, 2016

Currently, only one in three Africans has access to electricity, according to a new World Bank Report “Making Power Affordable for Africa and Viable for Its Utilities”. The report analyzes data from thirty-nine Sub-Saharan countries, underlining an overall lag in electricity generation capacity, per capita electricity consumption, and household access to electricity. Regarding access to

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Africa on the Rise
By admin September 20, 2016

In 2010, The McKinsey Global Institute’s report on the African Economy, Lions on the Move: the Progress and Potential of African Economies, highlighted the important role of African governments in keeping increasing ties to the global economy. Rapid economic growth was creating substantial business opportunities that lifted millions out of poverty and created prosperity in

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Zanzibar’s Threatened Aquaculture
By admin September 15, 2016

A product that has seen a recent uptick in popularity is seaweed. It has long been used as a preservative, flavoring and also in medicines, however it is recently being touted as the ultimate healthy snack, rivaling conventional chips and crackers. Given its growing popularity, we look to the semi-autonomous nation of Zanzibar, just off

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Africa’s Contemporary Development needs Data, not Money
By admin September 12, 2016

While the billions of dollars in aid delivered to the African continent effectively help governments solve their social and economic challenges, it cannot be a definitive solution to widespread African poverty.  As a recent Project Syndicate article shows, job creation is the key element that will empower the large pool of African youth population, which

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The Emerging Face of Extreme Global Poverty
By admin September 6, 2016

In a startling report issued by the United Kingdom-based think tank, Overseas Development Institute, over the next 14-years, Africa will make up almost 90 percent of extreme poverty among children worldwide – nearly a 40 percent increase from figures today. In other terms, one in five children in sub-Saharan Africa will be subjected to poverty

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH G2G AMERICAS
By admin August 3, 2016

Agreement Creates Framework for Collaboration in Global Trade and Trade Finance across South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and ASEAN New York, NY – August 03, 2016 – The Bassiouni Group / TBG (www.bassiounigroup.com), a leading Global Development firm specializing in International Consulting, Trade & Investment solutions for emerging/frontier markets, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of

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Access To Treatment for All
By admin July 21, 2016

An estimated 2 billion people lack access to essential medicines, most of them living in Asia and Africa, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). While progress has been made in the past three decades, thanks in part to a renewed focus placed on diseases such as HIV and AIDS, malaria and polio, much remains to be done to

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The Age of Renewables: Brightening Africa’s Future
By admin July 11, 2016

With only 24 percent of the sub-continent having access to power (World Bank), energy production in Sub-Saharan Africa leaves a lot to be desired – 1.2 billion people to be exact. This gap would be best filled by alternative energies due to the continents geographical landscape. These renewable energies would provide the most cost-effective and

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Is Africa at Stake?
By admin July 1, 2016

The Brexit has had serious aftereffects on the political economy throughout the world. The S&P’s credit rating of UK was stripped down to two levels from AAA to AA, and at the same time that of the European Union (EU) has fallen from AA+ to AA. Currency rates throughout the world had plunged and the

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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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The Entrepreneurial Boom in Africa: How the Youth Are Impacting Business Today
By admin April 13, 2016

  Entrepreneurship has always been argued to be one of the best options for developing countries to boost their development programs and to pursue higher growth and an easier path to an advanced economy. Anzisha Prize, which is sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation and African Leadership Academy, has been created to attract and motivate young

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Healthcare in Africa: The Administrative Costs of Corruption
By admin April 6, 2016

  African countries, like most other developing countries, face challenges in their healthcare systems. The major issue in healthcare management falls into the management of public-private sectors and the problem of pricing.   Last month, South African Health Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, criticized the healthcare system for being in a “sick situation” by “over-servicing of

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2016: When Global Humanitarian Operations reach its Apex
By admin December 30, 2015

In what is deemed the strongest El Niño measured in recorded history, humanitarian organizations and government agencies are gearing up their efforts in what may be the most challenging year for global humanitarian operations.  The abnormally high temperatures in certain parts of the Pacific Ocean are forcing changes in normal weather patterns, with the impacts

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South African University Reopens after Week Long Protest
By admin October 29, 2015

    University of Witwatersrand, one of South Africa’s top universities, reopened this Wednesday after a weeklong nationwide protest. All classes and activities resumed and a new postponed exam schedule will be decided soon. The reopen follows with President Jacob Zuma’s concession to the recent protest and agree that there will not be a tuition

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Malawi Facing Worst Food Crisis in Decades
By admin October 1, 2015

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on September 25th that “More than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming months in the worst food crisis in a decade in Malawi, where a staggering four out of every 10 children suffer from stunting.” Malawi located in southern Africa with an estimated population

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China and Africa Gearing Up for Summit in South Africa
By admin September 25, 2015

  President Zuma of South Africa met with President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing on September 4, 2015, in advance of South Africa’s hosting of the 6th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in December, 2015. The official occasion was the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese

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Data’s Growing Role in Humanitarian Relief & Assistance
By admin September 15, 2015

  The role of data collection and analysis is well understood as the foundation for which any humanitarian action is taken. Decisions, such as determining safe-zones for relief workers or feasible means of delivering supplies, rely on actionable data disseminated from the ground to stakeholders. What’s more, the need for data is expanding beyond those

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The Quiet Boom
By admin August 24, 2015

There’s a quite boom echoing across Arica, but nowhere is it louder than in the landlocked country of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian economy is quickly on track to swap its least developed status for a full-scale industrialized economy, with hopes to make it Africa’s leading manufacturer – certainly proving to be a 21st century model in

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The Hidden Cost of Corruption
By admin August 5, 2015

It is widely understood that the culture of corruption facing developing countries worldwide has a seismic affect concerning numerous aspects of the economy; most notably – hindering foreign investment and hampering economic growth. Corruption has also the tendency to distort markets and obstruct sustainable development, with estimates according to the African Development Bank (AfDB) suggesting that the

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