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From Greece to Canada – George Delaportas: Big Dreams Need Big Country

August 20, 2014 | By More
From Greece to Canada – George Delaportas: Big Dreams Need Big Country

George Delaportas is writing a new language and needs four years of research, and about EUR 80,000, to compile its dictionary and syntax. This young Greek entrepreneur, now at home in Vancouver, hopes that crowd-funding – and some chutzpa – will allow him to get the job done. Barely 29, Mr Delaportas is much the […]

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World Bank Group Commits US$ 5 Billion to Boost Electricity Generation in Six African Countries

August 19, 2014 | By More
World Bank Group Commits US$ 5 Billion to Boost Electricity Generation in Six African Countries

The World Bank Group has committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania—which have partnered with President Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Making the announcement on the second day of the 1st US-Africa Summit, World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, said the […]

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The Euro – A Paradox Checks Into Hotel California

August 18, 2014 | By More
The Euro – A Paradox Checks Into Hotel California

It could have been conceived a bit more thoughtfully, but as a project the European common currency is not altogether farfetched or indeed destined for failure. The euro was specifically created to offer an alternative to the erstwhile all-mighty US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. At the time, Europe’s leaders still entertained visions of […]

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Back to Africa – Chibwe Masabo Henry: The Diaspora as a Driver of Development

August 15, 2014 | By More
Back to Africa – Chibwe Masabo Henry: The Diaspora as a Driver of Development

Having medical doctors, specialists, nurses and other healthcare workers readily available to take charge in case of illness may be the norm in many developed countries; it still is much the exception elsewhere on the globe. Countless lives are lost or ruined simply because no medical personnel were available to help patients overcome often relatively […]

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The European Conundrum

August 14, 2014 | By More
The European Conundrum

The European Union is an interesting project that – once logic is duly applied – must end up with the foundation of a United States of Europe (USE). Strangely enough, very few of the union’s citizens actually want to live in such a sovereign construct. Opinion polls time and again attest to the plain fact […]

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Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014): A Farewell to the Patriarch of Literature

August 13, 2014 | By More
Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014): A Farewell to the Patriarch of Literature

It is a rare genius who can encapsulate in writing the soul of a country. One who does so with an entire continent is rarer still. Those attributed with such virtuosity tend to be long dead, and most had the good sense not to be born in South America. That did not stop Gabriel García […]

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Why Business Leaders Support a Price on Carbon

August 12, 2014 | By More
Why Business Leaders Support a Price on Carbon

Climate change can put the resources, supply chains, and infrastructure that companies rely on at risk, while also threatening to roll back decades of global development progress. Business leaders recognize the risks. Several have started to use an internal “shadow price” on carbon to help guide their investment decisions and seize opportunities. A growing number […]

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Mikkelson Brothers: Doing Good through a Chance Meeting

August 11, 2014 | By More
Mikkelson Brothers: Doing Good through a Chance Meeting

Danes David and Christopher Mikkelson are solid heroes for the humble and conscientious work they have done in establishing Refugees United (REFUNITE) in 2008. This organisation helps family members search online for refugees in order to connect and communicate with them. The REFUNITE website is stark, very much to the point and offers anonymous and […]

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MIGA (World Bank): Islamic Finance – A Growing Source of Capital for the Developing World

August 8, 2014 | By More
MIGA (World Bank): Islamic Finance – A Growing Source of Capital for the Developing World

The World Bank has its eye on Islamic finance, and with reason. Islamic finance’s recent globalization – in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries alike – has increased the total size of its assets to around $1.5 trillion. In both the public and private sectors, transactions based on Sharia principles clearly have gained a place in […]

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World Bank Policies Include Screening for Climate Risks

August 7, 2014 | By More
World Bank Policies Include Screening for Climate Risks

The World Bank Group has made a priority of helping countries adapt to and mitigate the risks of climate change, and it is increasingly viewing its lending through a climate lens. Over the past few years, it has started implementing climate and disaster risk screening requirements for projects and country partnership frameworks, along with tools […]

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