Blogs & Opinion


Why Should the UN Security Council Deal with Climate Security Risks?

5 September 2017 | Amiera Sawas, Florian Krampe

Over 600,000 people have been displaced in recent floods in Sri Lanka. Drought is bringing starvation and famine to 11 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. These are just a few pieces of the...

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Liberia: How Lack of Knowledge of Our Soils Hamper Agriculture Productivity in Liberia

5 September 2017 | Solomon C. Hedd-Williams

The soil is a farmer's silent partner and the basis of farming. It is the basic resource of the agricultural development of any nation. Its knowledge, understanding, and conservation will yield the su...

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Rethinking Hydropower in Myanmar

1 September 2017 | Michael Spolum

Electricity demand has surged past available supplies by a factor of 15 percent annually and is expected to more than double by 2020. Rolling brownouts are common and investor optimism, both foreign a...

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GAO Report on Gold Supply Chain Reveals Little Progress in Responsible Sourcing

30 August 2017 | Cooley LPP, Cydney Posner

The GAO has issued a new report on conflict minerals focused in this instance on the supply chain for artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) gold in the DRC region.  The report also addressed effort...

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How Not to Create a State: Lessons from South Sudan to Kurdistan

25 August 2017 | Diliman Abdulkader

As the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) prepares to hold a long awaited independence referendum on September 25 of this year, it's wise to look at South Sudan to prevent dangerous scenarios regarding a...

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Khartoum Negotiating Teams Say Abyei is Sudanese Territory

25 August 2017 | Sudan Tribune

Sudanese delegation for the talks on the Abyei area Monday said they will focus on the need for a peaceful coexistence between the communities there, stressing that the border disputed area remains a...

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Tatmadaw to Continue Clearing out Illegal Mines in Tanai and Hpakant

25 August 2017 | Htoo Thant

Lieutenant Colonel Soe Myint Aung pointed out that without peace, stabillity and rule of law at those mines, they cannot become legal businesses.   “There are questions about how Union Government a...

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Afghanistan- Improved Irrigation Canal to Benefit over 7,500 People in Taloqan

25 August 2017 | MENAFN - Wadsam

Afghan authorities and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for the reparation and rehabilitation of the Gurg irrigation canal in Taloqan, Takhar's provincial capital on Monday.   The eigh...

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USAID Hosts Women’s Agricultural Credit Shura in Mazar-E-Sharif to Improve Livelihoods for Afghan Women [EN/Dari/PS]

25 August 2017 | US Agency for International Development

When it comes to accessing credit for women farmers and women-owned agriculture-related businesses, challenges have often forced these operations to close because of a lack of understanding how credit...

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Tackling Ozone Depleting Substances as Casualties Mount in Afghanistan

25 August 2017 | UN Environment

Kabul – On a recent Monday morning on 24 July, the Director General of National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), H.E.Mostafa Zaher and his environment team along with UN Environment and Uni...

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