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USAID’s role in economic development of Afghanistan

Afghanistan continues to face economic hurdles, as it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Insecurity and corruption threaten efforts to establish an inclusive, growing, and self-sustaining economy that attracts investment, promotes trade and creates jobs. The United States Agency

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Afghan civil society activist named among ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’

Abdul Ghafar Nazari from Afghanistan has been selected as one of the members for the Asia 21 young Leaders Class of 2015. Nazari is a civil society activist and the Manager of Training and Development Human Resources in Roshan Telecommunication

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13 fastest-growing economies in the world

China’s crazy growth has been one of the biggest stories over the past several decades. But the Chinese economy certainly isn’t the only one posting huge growth rates. We compiled a list of 13 countries with the highest projected compounded

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb (born 1960) is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst, whose work focuses on problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The Black Swan was described in a review by the Sunday Times as

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Mini-Pentagon worth USD 160mn rises in Afghanistan

A white marble building, known as the “mini-Pentagon”, worth USD 160mn is built in the center of capital Kabul with US funds for the Afghan Defense Ministry. The new facility is going to be handed over to the Afghan government

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The Rise and Fall of Sepp Blatter

1998: The Blatter Reign Begins After 17 years as the top deputy to the retiring Joao Havelange, Sepp Blatter is elected FIFA president in 1998 in a close vote over a Swedish rival, Lennart Johansson. Charges of widespread bribery quickly

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Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next

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Cristiano Ronaldo donates 7mn Euros to Nepal

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has donated 7mn Euros to Nepal to help the nation rebuild itself after the devastating earthquake last month. He has also called upon his over 100mn fan followers on Facebook to donate to the aid

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Afghanistan participates in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded the 2014-15 Afghanistan National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup, the world’s largest and most prestigious law school moot court competition, attracts

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Arthur Laffer

Arthur Laffer (b. 1940), one of the chief architects of Ronald Reagan’s economic policies, is best known for the “Laffer Curve,” which purports to demonstrate that decreasing tax rates may increase tax revenues. Arthur B. Laffer’s economic acumen and influence

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57 Fascinating Business Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Ben & Jerry’s is owned by Unilever. Wal-Mart averages a profit of $1.8 million every hour. “Yahoo” is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.” Starbucks’ round tables were created specifically so customers would feel less alone. Apple’s iPad

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iLabs in Afghanistan

By: Said Marjan Zazai The concept of technology innovation lab was first introduced in Afghanistan in 2012 by Internews. They held their first event in the month of January of that year in Kabul, and, it was followed through a

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Happy Tears: Human Connection Leading to Human Development

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir We may know – perhaps even at first hand – of a gap in society whose presence causes pain for countless individuals.  Here in Morocco, such a void – that of unrelenting poverty – exists, particularly

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Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 by Thomson Reuters

The Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 presents a ground-breaking view of looking at investment opportunities across the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries (57 member mostly Muslim majority.) Focused on fast growing consumer driven sector clusters of Food,

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China’s richest man was rejected from 30 jobs

China’s richest man is Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Group is a Chinese e-commerce company that provided consumer-to-consumer, business-to-business and business-consumer sales services via web portals. It was founded in 1998 by Jack Ma who

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Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini is a Professor of Economics and International Business at New York University Stern School of Business. He is also the cofounder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm. The firm’s

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Afghans not too optimistic about economic situation

Afghans have cited deteriorating economy as their top concern, according to a new Gallup poll. Two in three Afghans see local economic conditions getting worse, as per the poll. The new poll illustrates that the Taliban are not the only

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President Ghani demands UN to relinquish control of funds for Afghan police

Frustrated by the vast mismanagement and waste of funds, President Ashraf Ghani unexpectedly demanded the United Nations Development Program to relinquish control of aid that funds the salaries of Afghanistan’s police officers. The USD 5mn funds for the salaries of

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Students from Harvard Business School sell Afghan saffron

A group of students from Harvard Business School, also military veterans, have established a company to sell retail-packaged saffron to markets in New York. The company called Rumi Spice purchases high-quality saffron directly from farmers in Afghanistan and sells them

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Economist of the Month: Dr. Ashraf Ghani

Dr. Ashraf Ghani is the President of Afghanistan, economist and anthropologist. He assumed office on 21 September 2014. He has previously served as Finance Minister and as the chancellor of Kabul University. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002, President Ghani,

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Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom (August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political economist whose work was associated with the New Institutional Economics and the resurgence of political economy. In 2009, she shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

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Afghanistan’s Economy On The Verge Of Collapse

By Florance Ebrahimi Power vacuum looms for Afghanistan as UN delays date for result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai’s plans to leave office next week. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who came to power after the U.S.-led invasion that

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Ranking of the 10 biggest banks in 2014

With United States put behind the race, this Top Ten gathers the most powerful and influential banks in the world for this year 2014. Discover which bank is ranked at top of the biggest bank in the world. Malaysian Bank

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Telstra acquires Ooyala: seeks to gain strong hold in global cloud market

By Subriena Persaud Australia’s major telecommunications company, Telstra Corporation Limited, has announced its forthcoming acquisition of the Silicon Valley-based Internet video company, Ooyala. Telstra has an international presence in 15 countries and has provided 15.8 million mobile services and 2.8

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Report: 2nd largest Afghan city could go dark when U.S. subsidies end

By Lindsay Wise Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau August 5, 2014 WASHINGTON — Residents of Afghanistan’s second largest city could go without power when U.S. subsidies for diesel fuel phase out next year, according to a report released Tuesday by the

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