Africa’s Mixed Record on Keeping Up With UN Goals

March 10, 2020

Almost five years ago, all member states of the United Nations signed the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development. This agenda includes 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) on global challenges such as poverty, urbanization and climate action, all featuring targets and indicators to measure...

The World Needs to Find a “Way of Knowledge”

January 23, 2020

What happens when Westerners discover and acknowledge a series of identifiable facts? According to Western logic, that body of knowledge puts them in a position to create the tools that will enable them to solve problems. Those tools fall into two broad categories: methods and technology. The...

Empowering the Developing World, One Bicycle at a Time

May 19, 2019

World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that builds and distributes bicycles in rural areas of the developing world, is the 2019 winner of the Lipman Prize. The winner of the 2019 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is World Bicycle Relief, a...

Investing in African Women Makes Good Business Sense

August 29, 2018

Investing in African women and girls as full partners in the economic future of Africa makes good business sense. There is little doubt that Africa will witness rapid yet uneven economic and demographic growth in the next 20 years. The continent’s rise can positively affect the global economy by...

Planting Seeds of Success in Africa

July 07, 2018

Nonprofit myAgro’s novel financing model is transforming the way African farmers pay for their harvests. The winner of the 2018 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is myAgro, a pioneering mobile layaway saving model that enables smallholder farmers to invest...

The World’s Largest Refugee Camp May Close

March 10, 2017

The Kenyan government continues the legal fight to close Dadaab—the largest refugee camp in the world. Claims by the Kenyan government that the Dadaab refugee camp on the border with Somalia has become a recruiting ground for terrorists have been behind the push to shut down the camp....

Looking for Water in Rwanda

February 21, 2017

Tanzania: LNG Project Stalls as Uncertainty Rises

February 08, 2017

Despite high-profile efforts to accelerate the development of Tanzania’s liquid natural gas assets, there remains no clear timeline for completion. Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered officials to accelerate work on a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in August 2016, but the...

Gambian Security Forces Take a Gamble

January 27, 2017

Gambian security chiefs have put their professionalism and loyalty to the constitution in question. The relevance of the military and other security institutions in a democratic state has never been questioned. It is a concern that was raised 2,500 years ago by Plato and subsequent scholars....

Does Democracy Automatically Lead to Gender Equality?

January 24, 2017

Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report published in October 2016 by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament worldwide—64% of seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied...

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