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TBG Blog: Key Takeaways from the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2017

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TBG Blog: What can Big Data Do for Development?

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Over the last two years, Uganda has undertaken a national policy shift toward embracing Adolescent Girls as part of the country’s economic, political, and social development. In response to this, The Bassiouni Group was commissioned to provide technical, strategic, and facilitative support to enable the development of the nation’s first costed Multi-Sectoral National Strategic Framework for Adolescent Girls. Learn more about TBG's work and the Framework developed in the case study below. #Uganda #adolescentgirls #girlseducation #internationaldevelopment #gender #equality #health #projectspotlight

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Are you interested in learning about what international development events and news are happening around the world? Well here's your chance to quickly catch up with TBG's Daily News Digest below!

Policy Synergy, Partnerships with Non-traditional Stakeholders Key to Tackling Global Challenges
https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sgsm18522.doc.htm

The global partnership for development is evolving. When I was a student in the 1960s, the original model typically involved developed countries providing financing, technical assistance and trade preferences to developing countries. Such North-South cooperation remains relevant. Traditional donors must fulfill their commitments to development assistance. At the same time, we are seeing dramatic changes in the constellation of partnerships for the 2030 Agenda.


Syrian delegations weigh UN plan for new constitution
http://www.france24.com/en/20170517-syria-talks-geneva-un-constitution-staffan

Rival Syrian delegations on Wednesday weighed a UN proposal for a new constitution for the war-ravaged country, as peace talks in Geneva entered a second day. The sixth round of UN-backed negotiations in Geneva is the latest drive to bring a political solution to the conflict, which has claimed more than 320,000 lives since 2011.


Deputy Secretary-General Tells Security Council It’s Not Enough to ‘Bring Back Our Girls’
https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/dgsm1058.doc.htm

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks to the open debate of the Security Council on sexual violence in conflict, in New York today: Let me begin by commending Uruguay and the Deputy Foreign Minister in particular for hosting this important debate. I also salute the Security Council for its work to combat sexual violence in conflict, including through the recent adoption of resolution 2331 (2016), which highlights the linkages between conflict-related sexual violence, trafficking in armed conflict and violent extremism.


Secretary-General Applauds Asia-Pacific Efforts to Reduce Poverty and Promote Innovation
https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sgsm18520.doc.htm

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the seventieth anniversary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and seventy-third session of the Commission, in Bangkok today: Congratulations to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on its seventieth anniversary. This dynamic institution is at the heart of the largest trading hub in the world. Asia and the Pacific are also leaders in science, technology and innovation.


As Myanmar Democratizes, Women’s Rights Lag Behind
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/world/asia/myanmar-women-violence-law.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&_r=0

Myanmar lags behind many of its Asian neighbors on the issue, human rights groups say, citing a penal code that does not recognize marital rape and the country’s lack of a domestic violence law. Diplomats have called violence against women in the country a “silent emergency,” and rights advocates say weak law enforcement and courts rife with corruption and misogyny compound the penal code’s failings.


Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/trump-abortion-rule-mexico-city-policy

This Monday, the US administration significantly expanded a Reagan-era policy banning foreign aid to international healthcare providers who discuss abortion or advocate for abortion rights, in a move critics fear will jeopardize efforts to fight diseases such as malaria, HIV/Aids, and the Zika virus. The new terms of the ban will apply to $8.8bn in existing foreign aid provided by the state department, USAID, and the Department of Defense – dwarfing the $600m in programming that fell under the ban during previous administrations.


Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital: violence, a booming economy and now famine
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/may/15/mogadishu-violence-booming-economy-famine

Somalia’s arid countryside is facing famine – a consequence of the worst drought for 40 years and the ongoing insurgency. More than half a million people are already on the move, seeking food, water, shelter and medical care. Around 100,000 have already reached Mogadishu, with more arriving every day. Aid officials fear the numbers will rise if rains do not come next month, with a million people potentially seeking sanctuary in Somalia’s cities by the year’s end.


Uneasy peace and simmering conflict: the Ethiopian town where three flags fly
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/16/uneasy-peace-ethiopia-three-flags-fly-oromia-somali-states-tension-ethnic-federalism

Moyale has two separate administrations; segregated schools; parallel court systems; rivalrous police forces, and adversarial local militia. More than 20 years after ethnic federalism was introduced, tensions between the two sides – Borana Oromo and Garri Somalis – are as fraught as ever.


Understanding Iran's presidential election
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/middleeast/iran-election-beginners-guide/index.html

Iranians head to the polls Friday in a presidential election that could have serious implications for the future of the country and its relationship with the West. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate cleric (by Iranian standards), is seeking a second term as he faces off against a range of hardline conservative candidates.


Egypt plans new controls on social media
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/africa/egypt-social-media/index.html

The Egyptian government is considering radical new proposals to restrict citizens' access to social media. A draft bill circulated in Egyptian newspapers would require users to register with the government to access sites including Twitter and Facebook. Successful applicants would receive a login linked to their national ID. Unauthorized use could result in prison sentences and heavy fines.


Beirut gay pride event a first for Lebanon
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/middleeast/beirut-gay-pride/index.html

The first-ever gay pride event is taking place this week in Lebanon, a country where homosexual acts are still considered a crime. Instead of the usual gay pride parades seen in the West, Beirut Pride will include an exhibition on gender fluidity in fashion as well as a storytelling get-together centered on coming-out stories and a gay-themed party in one of the Middle East's biggest night clubs. Several anti-homophobia events and demonstrations have taken place in Lebanon in recent years, but activists are hailing Beirut Pride as a "first."
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TBG Blog: An eAtlas to Better Understand Gender Inequality in Out-of-School Children

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TBG Blog: Genocide in South Sudan

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TBG Blog: The Importance of Promoting Applied Sciences in Africa

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TBG Blog: Invisible Children

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TBG Blog: Blended Finance for SDGs

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Together with its investment partner Spencer Barnor Capital, TBG Capital has united with the Convergence Investment Network, the newly-launched online platform from Toronto-based Convergence that “connects credible private, public, and philanthropic investors with one another to invest in blended finance deals in emerging and frontier markets.”
#blendedfinance #emergingmarkets #internationaldevelopment #SDGs
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