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Global Watch: a red card to racism in sport

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:44 AM

In early June, as many of the world's great national teams and players were warming up for the carnival that is World Cup 2014, another sporting summit was taking shape far away from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana Stadium. On June 5, many political and athletic leaders came together in...

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Schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria: Complicity through Silence

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:03 PM

This past Monday night, militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 129 high school female students from their beds in northern Nigeria. The Western media has made barely a mention of this story and appears resigned to ignore this abduction, which is an act of terror and...

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Doha GOALS: making a difference through sport

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 7:23 AM

Today more than ever, our troubled world needs to promote the universal values of sport. Improving access to sport across the planet, notably toward the youth, is the best way to teach perseverance and respect of the rules (and of others).

As the second edition of the Doha Goals Forum...

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Expo 2020 : Dubai's triumphant come-back

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:12 AM

Dubai has recently been announced as the organizer of the 2020 universal exhibition, Expo 2020. It heralds an economic and political return to center stage for this emirate that was left moribund after the crisis of 2008, proving that strategic vision and strong leadership are still cardinal values for a...

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How to Spark Urban Renewal Through Sport

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 10:50 PM

There are plenty of examples of how putting money into sports infrastructure can spark urban renewal. What the Olympics and other mega-events have shown is that the significant investment required to host an international games successfully has the power to transform a region, and even a nation. What they have...

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Africa's Olympic Potential

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Economic growth across the African continent makes the prospect of holding the Olympic Games there an exciting one. Former IOC president, Jacques Rogge, had a desire to bring the Games to Africa, with Egypt, Kenya and Morocco considered as potential hosts. I am confident that the new IOC...

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The UN: a huge, flawed political machine...but indispensable nonetheless

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 3:45 PM

On the eve of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the biggest of all international organizations faces more criticism than ever for its sluggishness, inefficiency, bordering on irrelevance in today's world. The innate complexities of our globalized and multipolar world, however, make the...

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Letter to President Obama from Richard Attias

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Barack Hussein Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington, DC

26 June 2013

Dear Mr. President,

In a few hours you will touch down in Africa on a much-anticipated visit. Africa is deeply...

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Agriculture, and Africa's Future

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 12:02 PM

Africa's agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent's economy and its people. A recent report from the African Development Bank Group has noted that advancements in agriculture would have a direct and positive effect on poverty....

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An African Ivy League

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:28 PM

As African economies boom and businesses are created, one of the big questions this growth raises is that of third-level education: how can Africa develop a knowledge infrastructure to rival that of the west, a sort of Harvard University in Africa? And what should African philanthropists do to foster the...

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Africa Investing in Africa

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 9:01 PM

I recently wrote about foreign direct investment in Africa and the prospect of engagement among developing nations and the BRICS. But in order for sustainable development to be achieved across the continent, smart input from Africa's own entrepreneurs and institutions must also occur. The question of intra-regional African...

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A Focus on Africa's Informal Economy

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Africa's informal economy is one of the most innovative and inventive environments in the world. Yet it is an environment with little regulation in which workers are often exposed to hard conditions and live without a safety net. Technological advances mean that with a mobile phone, an African can start...

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Les six piliers de l'Afrique

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Nul n'ignore que l'Afrique connaît une croissance indéniable. En 2012, six des dix économies ayant connu la croissance la plus rapide sont des économies d'Afrique subsaharienne et cette tendance ne montre aucun signe de ralentissement. En 2012, la croissance a atteint 5,3 % et elle devrait encore augmenter cette année.

La...

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Should We Say BRICS or BRICA?

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 7:46 PM

I spent the past two days in Durban, where I attended the fifth BRICS summit. One of the most notable things about the conference was the prominent African presence there. Fifteen African heads of state were invited including leaders from Angola, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Guinea,...

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The Challenge for BRICS and Africa

(7) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 3:21 PM

I am writing this from the BRICS summit in Durban, where it is clear that the huge momentum of these emerging markets --especially when it comes to their relationship with Africa -- is not slowing down. Over the last few days, I have spoken with heads of business and heads...

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Africa and the Six 'I's: Independence, Investment, Infrastructure, Innovation, Incubation, Inspiration

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 8:34 PM

It's no secret that Africa has become a major success story. In 2012, six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies were in sub-Saharan Africa, and this trend shows no signs of slowing. In 2012, growth hit 5.3 percent and it is predicted to increase this year....

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The Promise of Africa's Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 8:31 PM

At the launch of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's foundation last month, I had the privilege of moderating a panel with the Presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Benin in front of 1,000 business and political leaders. The former Nigerian head of state and his peers spoke eloquently about the need...

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Refocusing the Need for Sport Among Youth

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:36 PM

Since the Olympic extravaganza we saw in London this summer, there has been an increasing focus on the role that sports can play in society. In the UK, Britain's Mo Farah recently joined London's mayor, Boris Johnson, spearheading a campaign to improve child fitness. In the U.S., Michelle...

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Rising to the Challenge: Athletes in the Face of Adversity

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:40 AM

This has been an astonishing summer for sport. Not only has the Olympics dazzled the world with its four-yearly showcase of incredible talent; the Paralympics that followed, and which ended on September 9, have put a whole new and unique set of gifts on display.

These large-scale events demonstrate the...

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All Eyes on Vladivostok

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 10:16 AM

This last week, Russia has been in the headlines and in particular Vladivostok, where the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is occurring. A diverse set of pressing topics are being discussed - the challenges of globalization, the constraints imposed by natural resources, and the various threats to political...

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