Archive for the ‘Development’ Category

Economic Empowerment of Women


DanChurchAid (DCA) Malawi joined the National Millennium Development Goal 3 Call to Action Campaign in April 2009 by pledging a commitment to “do something extra” towards gender equality and women empowerment within the area of economic empowerment of women.

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Patricia Bath, Leading Ophthalmologist

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Born in New York City on November 4, 1942, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that “eyesight is a basic human right.” In 1986, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, improving treatment for cataract patients. She patented the device in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent.

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100 Teachers Enriched By Digicel Foundation, JA


OCHO RIOS, St Ann:DIGICEL FOUNDATION and the Ministry of Education chose Ocho Rios, St Ann, as the location to continue its enrichment initiative for primary-school teachers with a two-day seminar recently.

One hundred teachers, representing 50 schools from across the island, spent the time upgrading their skills using the technology provided by the telecoms giant. The technology is expected to aid in curriculum delivery as teachers continue the work to improve literacy among primary-school students.

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Roundtable on Global Poverty: Innovation and Technology for Development


Several staff members and scholars from the Global Economy and Development program have traveled to Aspen, Colorado for the annual Brookings Blum Roundtable—an off-the-record forum for global leaders, entrepreneurs and practitioners to discuss innovative ideas and advance groundbreaking initiatives to alleviate global poverty. Since 2004, participants have come together for our roundtable to explore timely subjects ranging from emergent new players in the international donor community to the poverty-insecurity nexus.

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Top 5 Trends in Ending Hunger and Poverty in 2012


This year saw a continuation and expansion of many of the positive trends in last year’s list: civil society consultation, gender mainstreaming, transparency, small farmer empowerment. And it saw new initiatives to fill gaps in achieving the MDGs. Yet we also witnessed push back: organized threats to women’s human rights and civil society that remind us we can never take progress for granted. Let’s take a look at the top 5 trends in ending hunger and poverty this year:

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Job Gains Made by Black Women


There seems to be one segment of the American population that is making strides in the job market–Black women.

According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since December, Black women have shaved more than 3 percentage points off their unemployment rate, from 13.9 percent to 10.8 percent. That’s the biggest decrease during the last five months for any single demographic group broken down by race, sex, and age. Among the factors for this improvement: education, health care, and retail.

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Will Nigeria’s Good Financial Forecast Boost International Trade?


While the news has caused much debate, theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that Nigeria is now the third fastest growing economy in the world.

“Nigeria’s expanding economy has been very positive news in recent years. Nigeria is the economic heart of west Africa, and like sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, its macroeconomics are undeniable,” says Joel Patenaude, managing partner at J2 Partners Inc., who has worked in financial services in Nigeria since 2009, points out.

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Still Thinking Independence


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 17, CMC – The Turks and Caicos Islands is still considering political independence from Britain, Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing has said.

Ewing told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “independence remains a major issue” three years after Britain suspended the island’s constitution and set up a one-man commission to probe the government of then premier Michael Misick.

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iZania: Connecting the people of Africa via the Internet


According to Roger E. P. Madison, Jr. founder and CEO of , the business oriented social networking site for African Americans, it’s not a matter of choosing between online social networking and networking face to face.  Business owners and other professionals should do both, he says.

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The for-profit sector steps up to play its role in Africa’s economic development.


Making the Business Case for Africa

The for-profit sector steps up to play its role in Africa’s economic development.

Where are the builders of tomorrow’s Africa? That’s a crucial issue for anyone interested in global economic development. It was also the specific question up for discussion at the daylong Stanford Africa Forum held March 2 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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