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  • Bridging the poverty gap

    Bridging the poverty gap

    The conversation on ways to reduce poverty and spur growth at the ongoing IMF/World Bank meetings was, indeed a harvest of ideas. Jordan’s Minister of Planning, Mr Mohammed Al-Assiss, who was in the discussion panel, identified energy as a huge handicap in the country’s effort to stem the tide ...
  • Digital payment for financial inclusion

    Digital payment for financial inclusion

    Few will argue against using digital payment systems to improve access to financial services for the 1.7billion unbanked people in the world, but there are risks that regulators will need to check before allowing such innovation is launched on a massive scale, says Mark Carney, Governor of the ...
  • Commonwealth discuss rising global debt

    Commonwealth discuss rising global debt

    As the world’s debt rose by $3 trillion in the first quarter of 2019, hovering near a record high of $246.5 trillion which is more than three times the size of the global economy, experts warn that high levels of debt put countries in a vulnerable position in the event of a downturn and could ...
  • Climate Change:  Central Banks to the rescue again?

    Climate Change: Central Banks to the rescue again?

    Question: How many people believe that the IMF should stay away from the whole controversial business of Climate Change? Or, more appropriately; how many believe that central banks should keep away from the difficult business of fighting climate change and the associated risks? These were the ...
  • Crude Oil and Nigeria’s Unending Economic Diversification

    Crude Oil and Nigeria’s Unending Economic Diversification

    Every government that came to power in Nigeria has in the last three decades claimed that economic diversification away from oil as central to its economic policy, yet none made efforts to whittle down over dependence on oil for government revenue. Like a farmer watching the winds before ...
  • Oil Producing Communities Still Holding the Short End of the Stick

    Oil Producing Communities Still Holding the Short End of the Stick

    Ordinarily, with the kick-off of political campaign for the 2019 General Elections, the citizenry should be inundated with issue based politicking aimed at addressing the failures of time past and present. Political actors should present their manifestos for detailed scrutiny from the public ...
  • Niger Delta: Saving the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

    Niger Delta: Saving the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

    Communities in living in oil producing areas of the Niger Delta region seem to be least impacted by the wealth that comes from there. This anomaly has gone unchecked over the last four decades breeding in its wake some of the most negative effects of such systemic neglect; banditry, militancy, ...
  • Nigerian’s Niger-Delta: A Region in Abundance, A Region in Crises

    Nigerian’s Niger-Delta: A Region in Abundance, A Region in Crises

    Even with huge petroleum revenue from the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, it is still host to the poorest of people. According to findings by the Natural Resource Charter Benchmarking Exercise, the poverty in the region is due to its inability to gain maximum benefits from its endowed natural ...
  • Resource Management in the Nigerian Petroleum Sector

    Resource Management in the Nigerian Petroleum Sector

    Whatever may be the resource a country is endowed by nature, management of revenue accrued from its tapping decides the rate of growth and development of that nation or otherwise. This was the emphasis of a recently organised capacity building workshop on the Utilization of the Natural Resource ...
  • NNRC Framework as a Tool for Effective Resource Management

    NNRC Framework as a Tool for Effective Resource Management

    The need to ensure Nigerians get the maximum benefits from its oil and gas resources is the motivation behind the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter framework for policy formulation. Tengi George –Ikoli, programme coordinator, NNRC, said that the framework is a tool for effective resource ...
  • US-China face-off is “Game of Thrones” —Pres. Jokowi

    US-China face-off is “Game of Thrones” —Pres. Jokowi

    Indonesia’s President and host of the Plenary Session of the IMF/World Bank, Joko Widodo, yesterday drew a burst of guffaws from a packed audience of delegates including visiting leaders of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) a few minutes into his short but moving welcome ...
  • Inclusive growth through digital tech

    Inclusive growth through digital tech

    Governments around the world have been admonished to pursue policies that would enable their citizens to take advantage of the emerging digital economy and achieve inclusive financial growth. This could be done by investing in their people from their early years through life time to enable them ...
  • Like Indonesia, global economy is resilient —Kim, Lagarde

    Like Indonesia, global economy is resilient —Kim, Lagarde

    The global economy, like Indonesia, the host of this year’s largest financial-cum-economic talkfest, is “resilient and determined” to move forward. The world’s 4th most populous country (population: 262million) after China, India and USA, is dealing with the challenge of an unfortunate, ...
  • UN’s new strategy for youths ‘to lead’

    UN’s new strategy for youths ‘to lead’

    As part of efforts of the United Nations to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and pave way for a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous world, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched a new strategy for young people to lead at the ongoing 73rd session of the UN ...
  • Promoting Mandela’s legacy in peace building

    Promoting Mandela’s legacy in peace building

    THE United Nations General Assembly honoured Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and anti-apartheid campaigner with a pledge to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and to revive the values for which he stood. At the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, held as one of the ...
  • Africa’s school feeding progress

    Africa’s school feeding progress

    Since March 2016 when African leaders celebrated the first Africa Day of School Feeding, several successes have been recorded in improving the nutritional component of early childhood development. Many countries have initiated school feeding programmes as part of their policies to improve ...
  • Putting faith in data to tackle global hunger

    Putting faith in data to tackle global hunger

    As part of efforts to boost agricultural productivity and tackle the rise in global hunger, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Data has launched an unprecedented drive to collect data from 500 million smallholder farmers in 50 developing countries. The programme, unveiled at the Data to End ...
  • Making Progress with Climate Change

    Making Progress with Climate Change

    From happenings around the world, it is now clear that one of the most significant threats facing humanity today is climate change. According to the American Meteorological Society, there is a 90 percent probability that global temperatures will rise by 3.5 to 7.4 degrees Celsius (6.3 to 13.3 ...
  • All’s not well with the United Nations

    All’s not well with the United Nations

    The United Nations, 73, is showing signs of its age and the turbulent times it has been enduring in the past couple of decades. It is lethargic, with its component parts out of tune with one another, betrayed by the very people, the authorities and powers that gave it life. Regrettably, as ...
  • Gender Equality: Using Data to Drive Change

    Gender Equality: Using Data to Drive Change

    PROGRESS towards achieving gender parity could be made faster if policy makers work to provide vital statistics that measure gender inequality, according to panellists that discussed the issue at the launch of the Equal Measure 2030 SDG Gender Index, a data hub for advocates that tracks gender ...
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