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23 Oct

Quality Education as a Solution to Ending Child Marriage

Following major world conferences and engagements, the strategy of keeping girls in school as the solution to ending the girl-child marriage in the world seems very apt. Statistics show that each day, 41,000 girls marry before they reach the age of 18 (equivalent to 15 million girls every year). Child marriage no doubt has a dangerous effect on the girl-child, her children, her family, and her society. For the girl-child, she is the most affected; she grows up being unable to make choices and decisions of her own, this cripples her mentality and disables her imagination. The child is unable to see beyond her boundaries and constantly lives in fear. Her freedom, which is supposed to be her expectation, becomes her...
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31 Aug

Pension Focus Africa 2017- Allocation of African Pension Assets

By: Faridah Mugimba Kakyama African pension funds are starting to invest in infrastructure projects on their underdeveloped continent. The African Development Bank hopes the deepening pool of homegrown savings can fill the $45 billion hole it sees in annual infrastructure financing needed in Africa. “It’s an unprecedented chance to make the investments in infrastructure and other sectors that the continent so desperately needs,” said David Ashiagbor, who runs a division of the bank devoted to developing financial markets in Africa. Until recently, most pension funds in Africa were hesitant to invest in infrastructures such as roads, railroads, and ports. Tying up cash in decade-long projects seemed unnecessarily risky while strong economic growth was driving up local stock markets. Africa’s economy has recently grown...
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14 Jul

How Procurement and Sourcing Can Help Close the Gender Gap

By: Sydney Lazarus   Procurement functions can play a big role in supporting women-owned businesses, argues a new report produced by UN Women. The report points out that corporations are in a powerful position to help close the gender gap through their procurement and sourcing departments. Even though corporate spend accounts for trillions of dollars every year, only 1% of that sum goes to women-owned businesses. (In comparison, for U.S. federal contracts, the figure is 4.7%)   The benefits of sourcing from more women-owned businesses go beyond the women themselves. The World Economic Forum has found that gender equality is positively correlated with the country’s gross domestic product and level of competitiveness. Similarly, the World Bank has reported that “underused or misallocated” female labor...
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7 Jul

How Can We Close the Gender Gap Within STEM?

  By: Monica Burdick Those of us with careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM fields, in today’s common parlance) know the importance of truths revealed by numbers. How can it be, then, that so many people in our numbers-based fields are inured to the deep disappointment I feel regarding statistics on gender disparities in STEM-related jobs? According to 2016 figures from the National Science Board, women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce and only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce. Though female and male students show no significant differences in their math and science abilities between kindergarten and senior year of high school, somehow only 35 percent of chemists, 17 percent of industrial engineers, 11 percent...
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