Daniel Richard Lwendo

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The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa

Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.<p>There is a decades-old origin story for our species, in which we descended from a group of hominids who lived somewhere in Africa around 200,000 years ago. Some …

The Marshall Plan Taught Lessons Trump Refuses to Learn

Short speeches can leave long legacies. Lincoln’s Gettysburg address is remembered because it crystalized, in just a few sentences, why the Civil War was fought and what it would ultimately achieve.<p>Tuesday marks the anniversary of another landmark address characterized by admirable brevity. On June …

Geopolitics

Poverty at Halftime -

There are 333 days left in 2015. What are you going to do with them?<p><b>The year 2015 is a critical moment for the international development community.</b> …

Living on a Dollar a Day: Reality of Extreme Poverty Revealed

Eradicating extreme poverty: what is the role of agriculture? | Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Dear Members,<p>With this online discussion, we would like to invite you to reflect on the nexus between extreme poverty and food insecurity and to …

The World's Poorest People Are Getting Richer Faster

Last Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The date intentionally coincides …

Social welfare has lifted 50 million out of poverty, World Bank says

Extreme poverty has more than halved since 1990<p>By Sebastien Malo<p>NEW YORK, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 50 million people have escaped …

Eradicating poverty by 2030: Implications for Income Inequality, Population Policies, Food Prices

CDP Background Paper No. 40<p>By Giovanni Andrea Cornia<p>The paper examines whether the planned eradication of poverty to the year 2030 part of the SDG …

Demographics

These 5 Courses (57.5 Hours!) Are Your Path to Expert-Level Python Programming

<b>The Complete Python Programming Boot Camp: Beginner to Advanced</b><p>Master Python One Step At a Time<p><b>Python for Programmers</b><p>Learn Python Quickly In This …

Samsung Galaxy S9 fares worse than S8 in benchmarks, beaten by iPhones, Mate, Pixel

An early reviewer has been putting Samsung’s new Galaxy S9/S9+ flagship through its paces in a series of benchmark tests, and the news isn’t good for the Korean brand …<p><i>AnandTech</i> tested the version powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chip, and described the results as ‘awkward.’<p>The S9 and S9+ …

Odisha for collaboration with UN agencies on SDGs

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday proposed to strengthen institutionalised monitoring framework for …

The World's Ugliest American

One year into the Trump administration, as our president prepares for his trip to address the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, here is the dynamic abroad: No foreign enemy could have degraded America’s global standing so completely in so short a time.<p>In word and deed, Donald Trump personifies …

Poverty Is Both a Political and a Moral Choice Made By the Powerful

The U.S. views itself as the exceptional nation, the beacon of liberty and justice for the world. In the popular imagination, it is the land of …

Why humans are cruel

A psychologist explains why humans are so terrible to each other.<p>Why are human beings so cruel to each other? And how do we justify acts of sheer inhumanity?<p>The conventional explanation is that people are able to do terrible things to other people only after having dehumanized them. In the case of …

Aid and development links: Working women, populism, peacekeeping and more

Updates from across the aid and development field.

United Nations

Introduction to the Book of Habakkuk

Come to Terms With Injustice in This Introduction to Habakkuk<p>The Old Testament book of Habakkuk, written 2,600 years ago, is yet another ancient …

Extreme Poverty Cut in Half? Only in the Minds of the Capitalists

"Take a bow, capitalism." That's from The Economist, a business-happy publication that has every reason to perpetuate the myth that a world run by …

Japan stocks at two-decade top after Abe win

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 has posted the longest winning streak in its nearly 70-year history as markets cheered the weekend election victory of Japan's …

BLACKROCK: 10 geopolitical risks we’re watching

Markets may be a sea of calm, but geopolitics are anything but.<p>We have our eyes on 10 geopolitical risks and are tracking their likelihood and potential market impact, as we write in our <i>Global Investment Outlook Q4 2017</i>.<p>See the <i>A world of risk</i> map below for a quick snapshot of the risks we're …

North Korea

Read: Bernie Sanders's big foreign policy speech

“In my view, the United States must seek partnerships not just between governments, but between peoples.”<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was invited to give a big foreign policy speech at Westminster College, a distinguished venue where former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1946 gave his …

By Bill and Melinda Gates: This data will keep the world accountable in the fight against global poverty and disease

Bill and Melinda Gates —<p>For years, we’ve heard people question whether investments in the fight against global poverty have an impact. Clearly, we believe they do.<p>We are investing all our resources in that fight. But that doesn’t mean every dollar spent on development has maximum impact. And that …

China seeks hardest victory over poverty

A world in awe of China’s rise for having lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty may assume the country has also eradicated poverty. But this …

5 facts about finance to the world's poorest countries

In our new 2017 DATA Report, we found that aid was at record levels in 2016. That’s a good thing, right? Not entirely: There are still deep …

North Korea warns US will pay for 'political prostitute' Nikki Haley's 'hysteric fit'

North Korea on Friday called U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley a "political prostitute" and derided her as "crazily swishing her skirt" after she said the rogue regime was "begging for war."<p>The state-run Korean Central News Agency described Haley’s comments to the UN Sunday as a …

Why North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test may have been a game-changing explosion

Deep inside a North Korean mountain on September 3, the government of leader Kim Jong Un set off its largest-ever nuclear test blast.<p>The explosion occurred at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, a series of tunnels located within Mount Mantap where the government, which calls itself the Democratic …

North Korea

South Africa's dirty secret: One in four live in 'extreme poverty'

'The past five years, notably between 2011 and 2015, have been a rough economic roller-coaster'<p>23 August 2017 - 07:45 PETRU SAAL and Farren …

Old Ideas About Foreign Trade Are Being Retired

Most academic models of international trade are pretty simplistic. Some of these models are surprisingly effective for making certain types of predictions -- for example, economists are very good at predicting how much different countries will trade with each other. But they’re not so good at …

Economics

Why do Buhari, Dos Santos and Mugabe go to hospital abroad?

<b>The presidents of Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe, Benin and Algeria all have something in common - an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home.</b><p>In terms of time spent abroad getting medical help, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, is the first among equals, but in the past year all …

Africa

A Lesson from China on Poverty Reduction and Inequality

How China provides a great example of why it's bad to focus on inequality<p>I’ve written (many, many times) about how the best way to help the poor is …

The Formula for Chi-Square Statistic

To see how to compute a chi-square statistic using the formula, suppose that we have the following data from an experiment:<p>Expected: 25 Observed: …

Vietnam