The UNF has drawn high-profile advocates from around the world -- ranging from former presidents and business leaders to media professionals and A-list celebrities, who gather at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York.
By Lena Slachmuijlder I remember the meetings well. Rape, pillage, murder, extortion... the list of heinous offenses committed by Congolese soldiers ...
Indeed, as 'Africa rising' becomes a cliché, it can obscure a certain reality - that might be changing ahead of us, but in our midst and to paraphrase a popular US election gaffe, the fundamentals of our despair remain strong.
Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.
Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.
The decision by Switzerland to share tax information, which still has to be ratified, is the latest addition to radically increased transparency of tax information over the last five years.
Whether with the help of a superhero, a photo festival, better urban planning and communication, or through a basketball tournament, these initiatives show how the urban poor in the Global South can reclaim the public space that belongs to them.
As an estimated one billion additional women enter the global workforce over the next decade, it will be the nations who invest in women's education, training and full inclusion in the workforce that find themselves in position to compete and lead the world economy.
We should all be outraged by the murder of innocent Saturday shoppers in Nairobi, but far greater numbers of civilians are being killed in the name of fundamentalist Islam in Nigeria and Sudan.
What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.
In the 20th century of civil rights justice, the definition of freedom was arguably the right to vote. In many places, it still is. But arguably in the 21st century of silver rights empowerment, the new definition of freedom is more and more what I call self-determination.
A number of impressive initiatives across the global south are using art to empower marginalized communities. Whether it is through museums in Rio de Janeiro or film production in Nairobi, several projects are giving the poor a voice.
Suffering a brutal attack last October, Michael has been granted political asylum in the U.S. and currently lives in New York, where he and I spoke about the events that brought him here and the current state of affairs for the LGBT community in Nigeria.
Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? This is the fundamental question at the heart of this encounter. I remain deeply disheartened by what I often experience in the classroom -- the defensive rage when the dominant culture is attacked.
"Buka": African slang for a hole-in-the wall joint, a comfort food spot, the place to be. BUKA in Brooklyn, NY is definitely the place to go for some authentic Nigerian comfort food, but "hole-in-the-wall," it is not.
This vicious cycle of poverty is one of the biggest issues in development, and necessitates significant creativity to problem solving.