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  • The influencers behind Twitter in Africa

    In a post-truth world filled with fake news, allegations of malign influence on elections and electoral fraud, social media has taken on an increasingly important role.

    Global development and the technology of trust

    Can crypto-based projects build trust and improve impact in the global development sector?

    Sport as a force for good

    Sports organisations have mixed ambitions when it comes to philanthropy. Some think globally, including to growing markets; others focus locally. Both, of course, are valid. What matters most is giving, and doing so effectively.

    An ambitious but reachable target

    Whilst there has been huge progress made since 1990 with 2.6 billion more people now able to drink clean water and over 2.1 billion gaining access to a toilet, one in ten of the world’s population still don’t have access to safe water and one in three live without decent sanitation. This is just not acceptable and by 2030 universal access needs to be a reality.

    The world’s toughest job?

    The new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres of Portugal, took office on 1 January 2017. It is no wonder that one of Guterres’ predecessors described the role of Secretary-General as “the most impossible job in the world.”

    Rising humanitarian needs call for a new way of working

    Today, a record 135 million people across 35 countries need humanitarian aid to survive. The scale of humanitarian suffering continues to grow exponentially as complex, inter-connected conflicts last for years without resolution, and protracted natural disasters, compounded by climate change, throw vulnerable people into a state of perpetual crisis.

    Running Africa – changes at the AU

    Sunday morning in Addis Ababa is the time for Ethiopia's twin religions: the Orthodox Church, and long-distance running. As the loudspeakers call the faithful to St. Stephen's Cathedral, another congregation is gathered in Meskel Square. The city's runners are out in force, pounding the grassy running track by the main road.

    A view from the World Economic Forum

    Global leadership vacuum presents a clear opportunity for philanthropists. In a whirlwind week which saw the inauguration of US President Trump, an impassioned defence of globalisation from a Chinese Premier and a hard Brexit become much more likely, it is no surprise that “hard” political issues dominated discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

    The role of history in political campaigns

    A quote by George Orwell in 1984 captures the essence of this year’s most persuasive political campaigns. They have contextualised their key messages within an idyllic vision of the past.

    Italy said NO to Renzi, but not necessarily to reform

    Over the course of the campaign, the discussion increasingly focused on Renzi as a leader rather than on actual policy or the impact of the referendum on Italy’s political landscape. Polls showed that the referendum was widely seen as an opportunity to evaluate Renzi and his government’s performance, and to reject establishment politics.

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