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Private Equity Players Eye Microfinance Institutions
By admin September 26, 2018

For many years, poor people living in rural areas have struggled to find ways to finance their livelihood. In 1978, Grameen Bank was set up in Bangladesh to provide microcredit to impoverished people without collaterals and higher interest rates. This is the most famous example of microfinance. Today, microfinance institutions (MFI) operate all over the

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“Where is the doctor?”
By admin September 25, 2018

In the WHO’s most recent global study, it reports a gap of 7.2 million healthcare workers between “supply” and “demand”, which is expected to rise to 12.9 million. This translates to  a demand form 5,073 positions to be filled, according to a report by Workforce on demand for healthcare occupations in Florida. That number was

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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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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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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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Child and Adolescent Pressures in Kenya
By admin August 22, 2017

More frequently, girls in Kenya have resorted to selling their bodies to provide for their families. Girls as young as 12 years old are participating in “survival sex” as drought and soaring food prices make living conditions exceedingly difficult. Child prostitution has long been an adversity for Kenya. In 2008 UNICEF estimated that 30 percent

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Chile: a Leader in Green Energy Development
By admin August 14, 2017

Chile continues to accelerate in its clean energy initiatives; two major developers announced this week that they’ve secured funding for huge wind farm projects. Mainstream Renewable Power and its Chilean counterpart, Aela Energía, have received $410 M to fund two wind farms in Chile and Mexico with a whopping 299MW of capacity, enough to power

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Regulations on Cryptocurrency
By admin August 1, 2017

Bitcoin and other electronic forms of currency like Ethereum have become the new popular investment. In this past year, the market that is known as initial coin offering (ICO), has been valued at $1.3 billion. These Cryptocurrencies have also garnered a considerable amount of attention of major companies like Microsoft. The popular investment has caught

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Asia-Pacific’s Slow Progress on Development Goals
By admin July 12, 2017

A recent United Nations regional Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Baseline Report has come to the conclusion that the Asia-Pacific region needs to boost its development efforts in order to successfully meet the SDG set by the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs. The original target timeframe to achieve the listed goals is by 2030. According

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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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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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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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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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A New Relationship: China’s Cultural Diffusion in Africa
By admin November 21, 2016

  Globalization is an incredible engine of exchange that triggers not only economic development and commerce but also inter-cultural networks. One of the most interesting aspects related to globalization – Sino-African relations – has garnered a great deal of public interest in recent decades. However, commentary tends to focus on trade, economic investment and aid

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Human Trafficking is a Reality, and is Closely Tied to Poverty and Development
By admin November 14, 2016

  Even if it is something difficult to imagine, human trafficking is still a reality in 2016. According to a 2014 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), some 70 per cent of victims in the global trafficking trade are women (49 per cent) and girls (21 per cent). Apart from

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The Long Duration
By admin November 2, 2016

When looking at the heart of a map, the countries that comprise the Middle East and Western Asia, it is clear that civil war or external invasions have affected nearly half of them. Not only does the act of war have catastrophic consequences on the economic and political systems, but also the humanitarian consequences are

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The “Neoliberal Agenda” Problem: Sustainability lost in Growth
By admin June 1, 2016

  A recent essay titled “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has caused some controversy and stirred reactions across the board. The piece aims to give more nuances to what is famously labeled the “neoliberal agenda”. Neoliberal agenda, a term that is usually used by its critics, points to a set of

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China and the Future of Development in the Middle East
By admin May 4, 2016

  China’s meteoric economic rise this century has naturally attracted the attention of Middle Eastern countries which face many of the challenges that China claims to have overcome, including pressure form a young and growing population, non-democratic models of governance and the issue of legitimacy, and perhaps more importantly – development. Xue Qingguo, head of

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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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A Shortcut to Development: How Technologies Can Help the Developing and Underdeveloped Countries to Overcome Development Gaps
By admin February 24, 2016

Last week, Ringing Bells, an Indian manufacturer based in Uttar Pradesh state, announced its newest model of smartphone –Freedom 251- for less than $4. More interestingly, Ringing Bells has claimed that it has received no subsidies from the government. This is, of course, a trend in the Indian smartphone market; International Data Corporation’s 2015 report

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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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