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Sub Saharan Africa

Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.

The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Global Development

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Melinda Gates

Over the next decade, nearly 1 billion women will enter the global workforce. This could be great for the world. If these 1 billion women are allowed to apply their ingenuity and skills and talent to their fullest extent, they will make everybody's lives better.

What the Year 2014 Holds for the Middle East and the Caucasus

Claude Salhani | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

It is that time of year again when analysts are asked to put on their thinking cap and try to predict what the coming 12 months may hold for some the more troubled regions of the world. This is by no means a simple exercise.

Family Planning: 3 Barriers Only Women Understand

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ash Rogers Opening access to Family Planning is the most powerful tool the world has for increasing child survival, decreasing ma...

Why Young People Are Ready To Fight Climate Change

Ravi Kumar | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Ravi Kumar

In March 2011, when I got out of the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, I was excited. It was my first trip home since I had left Nepal in 2007 to pursue ...

Biggest obstacles to decent health care in the developing world are managerial

Anjali Sastry | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Anjali Sastry

Picture yourself going to the doctor. You arrive by car, park nearby, and when you enter a receptionist greets you and checks your information on a co...

4 Important Tips for Navigating Africa as an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Juliet Asante

I am not a Jill of all trades. I am a mistress of one; Entrepreneurship. Through this lens, I form my vision of the world. A world that is informed f...

We Must Confront Climate Change to End Poverty

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp. But if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty.

Putting Farmers First at the World Economic Forum

Tony Kalm | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Tony Kalm

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. In a discussion I attended of young global leaders, the question was asked: Can Africa feed the world?

Africa's Economic Growth To Outpace Global Average

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact

* Region's average growth seen accelerating to over 5 pct * African poverty coming down, but more action needed * Invest...

Time for Change -- Shifting Energy Spending in Africa

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Antoinette Sayeh

For many years, countries in sub-Saharan Africa have spent large amounts on subsidizing fuel and electricity. For both sources of energy combined, this averages around 3-4 percent of GDP. Is this a good use of scarce resources?

Hope at the Epicenter: Overcoming the TB Emergency in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jonathan Smith | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Smith

For well over a century, South Africa miners, their families, and communities have been decimated by tuberculosis. But, the current momentum in the region suggests that we may have had good reason to be hopeful.

Bravo, Ben Affleck: A Man of Substance

Francine LeFrak | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Ben so brilliantly reminded us all that life is a dead end when you hold grudges, and although it is difficult, in order to succeed you cannot be stubborn.

Why Germany Committed EUR 1 Billion to the Global Fund

Dirk Niebel | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Dirk Niebel

We are close to turning the tide. I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of AIDS. This is an achievement, not least, of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Implications of Political Change in the Central African Republic

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.

Economies Go Alternative

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

If you live in Greece or Spain or even in parts of the United States, that nasty gurgling sound is the economy going down the drain. The official economy, that is -- the one that gets tracked by the accountants and tax officials and economists who feature in the media every day.

Botswana: An African Model for Progress and Prosperity

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

Botswana is undoubtedly in an opportune position to become a global economic center as De Beers Diamond Trading Company headquarters relocates from London to Gaborone in late 2013.

Let's Put Down Our Political Dukes and Say 'Thanks' This Holiday Season

Pam Grout | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Pam Grout

People are so busy railing, "You know what really makes me mad?," that they've become complacent to all the services and benefits they enjoy and use on a daily basis. We Americans take our privileged lives for granted.

Will the Rest of Africa Be the Next Phase of the "Arab" Awakening?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Why then have the populations of SSA's poorest and most repressed states failed to rise up against their rulers? One reason is that they undoubtedly see the instability and chaos that can result.

The Spread of Diseases in a Changing World

Ravinder Sehgal | Posted 12.11.2012 | Science
Ravinder Sehgal

A catchy headline will often evoke thoughts of a loss or major disaster, and we are hounded regularly by information overload that seems ever escalating in exigency. There is a lot of coverage of potential environmental disasters associated with global climate change, but are the fears justified?

A Wise Man for Sahel

David Gosset | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
David Gosset

Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has appointed the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi as special envoy to the Sahel region, which covers parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea.

Dictators' Riches Are Stolen at Home, But Banked in the West

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

Congress and the president should act now to stop corrupt dictators and other criminals from using the privilege of limited liability to hide their identities and launder dirty money in the U.S. financial system.

Africa and the Great Recession: Changing Times

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 07.15.2012 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

In previous global downturns, sub-Saharan Africa has usually been badly affected -- but not this time around. But in sub-Saharan Africa, growth for the region as a whole has remained reasonably strong.

Pushing Forward G8's Anti-Corruption Agenda

Shruti Shah | Posted 07.14.2012 | Impact
Shruti Shah

As leaders of the G8 convene at Camp David, it is imperative they take corruption into account. Corruption underpins many of the summit's stated objectives -- such as promoting food security in Africa.