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Women’s Participation in Peace Efforts Vital to Sustain Peace in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the UN Women- United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, in Afghanistan launched a case study paper titled: Women’s Participation in the Afghan Peace Process, on the occasion of the International Day

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How Rich Countries’ National Interest Will Threaten Fair Distribution of COVID-19 Shots

Recent forecasts have indicated that the US economy shrank by an annual rate of 32.9% between April and June as coronavirus cases spike again all across the US. This is the country’s worst quarter since then second World War. Meanwhile,

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Amazon Dominates E-Commerce. Should you be worried?

Over the past decade Amazon has fought its way into dominating the e-commerce market through a series of predatory pricing techniques. The company proposes a dual function: serving as a marketplace for third-party vendors and well as producing and selling

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Could Diaspora Bonds Potentially Offset Drop in Foreign Direct Investment?

The economic slowdown in consequence to the Covid-19 pandemic has been a particularly hard hit in developing nations in a two-fold manner. Firstly, many developing nations were already experience issues with healthcare availability and sanitation, leaving them scrambling to hand

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Entrepreneur Of The Month: Marghuba Safi

Afghan female entrepreneur Marghuba Safi is the owner of Peshraft Zanan (which translates into women’s progress), Afghanistan’s first-ever producer of natural, organic skincare products.  Established in 2016, Peshraft Zanan places the work of women at the very center of its

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Afghan Millennial Woman Opens Jewelry Business in the U.S.

“As an Afghan economist I have always wondered whether Afghanistan is a rich or poor country?” says Tania Aria, the founder of Afghan jewelry brand Veezha.  Looking at the GDP rates obviously one would say it is a poor country,

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What Will Be the Economic Recovery Shape?

The world economy is crumbling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What shape will the economic recovery take? V-shaped: Some more optimistic economists predict the recovery to take the shape of a V where the economy suffers a sharp economic decline,

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Climate Change: A Major Global Threat

By: Isidoros Karderinis The climate change—the change in the global climate and in particular the changes in meteorological conditions that extend on a large time scale, is a major global existential threat, much greater than COVID-19. The greenhouse effect causes

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Refugee camps, a disaster waiting to happen?

As COVID-19 devastates the globe, governments are issuing strict lockdowns to minimize the spread. But what about those without homes? A Swiss think tank estimates that globally there are 70m displaced people. Countries are already starting to quarantine refugee camps

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Ghani-in-Chief – What the Roadmap for the Next Five Years Should Look

President Ghani’s first term in the office can at best be described turmoiled domestically and internationally: the constant bickering with Pakistan over the latter’s covertsupport of the Taliban; the outcast of his current NSA bythe U.S.; the struggle with the extraconstitutional Chief Executive’s Office; the dilemma of peace accord with the Taliban at the

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The Do’s and Dont’s in an interview

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot in the Interview 1) Stop using generalities, like “I’m a problem-solver” and “I’m a real team player.” Generalities about strengths are ignored, forgotten, or not heard. When interviewers evaluate a candidate they recall

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Hameda Safi

Hameda Safi is the founder and owner of Tokma Fashion—one of the leading fashion designing companies based in Kabul. Ms. Safi has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and master’s degree in International Relations. “After years of working in media

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Bill Gates Reclaims Status As Richest Man In The World

Co-founder of the Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation officially reclaimed his status as the world’s richest man with a net worth of  $110 billion. His rival, Jeff Bezos of Amazon with a net worth of just lest

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SAARC Development Fund Disburses $13mn For Purchase of Drukair ATR 42-600

The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) disbursed loan amount USD 13 million to Drukair Corporation Limited for the purchase of Drukair ATR aircraft. This is following the agreement signed between the Ministry of Finance, Royal Government of Bhutan, SDF and Drukair

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The Spin Sauce Story—an Afghan Success Story in USA

The story behind SPIN SAUCE started over 30 years ago, when Jamal Rasoully’s parents created the white sauce like dressing for their family-owned Afghan restaurant in New York City.  It didn’t take long for the zesty dressing to be in

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New Study Indicates a Drastic Decrease in Availability of Credit in Herat

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a research paper titled “On Borrowed Time: The limits of informal credit for livelihood security in Herat, Afghanistan” at an event in Kabul on 1 July 2019. The event was attended by

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The Impact Of Illegal Drugs In Afghanistan On Political Settlement

The result of a study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with the financial support of the European Union indicates that ongoing debates on the peace and reconciliation process have largely ignored the production of illegal drugs

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Things You Can Anonymously Ship to Your Enemies—FOR REAL!

These businesses exist around the world and they are making money. Ship your enemies glitter covered horse manure. This is how the company, Ship Your Enemies Glitter, describes their product: “Our custom cupcake presentation, with a farm made horse manure

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State Department Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. The Academy, in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development

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Trip to Mars Will Cost $500,000

The SpaceX company announced in a tweet that the first passengers space ship will launch in 2024 and it will cost a little less than $500,000. Elon Musk owner of SpaceX company said they were trying to decrease rate of

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A Town in Italy Is Offering People $10,000 To Move There

A small town in Locana, Italy is offering people €9,000 ($10,290) to move there. However, there are some conditions.  These include that you must have a child and a salary of at least €6000 ($6860) and you have to commit to

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How Davos 2019 Impacted the World

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos just ended. It seemed like the atmosphere this year was a bit flat and gloomy compared to last year. Makes sense since Donald Trump, Xi

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Life-changing Inventions by Women

If you were asked to name an inventor, you’d probably say Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. Well, here is a list of some women who are inventors of some awesome, life-changing items. Letitia Mumford Geer: Patented the one-hand operated

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Fun Facts About Major Companies Around the World

Coca Cola: During WWII, American soldiers would be provided with a bottle of coke so that they could have a taste of home. Bottling plants were established near Europe and the Pacific. However, non-Americans could not be seen drinking the

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Afghan Women Meet To Advocate For Women in Peace Process

More than 75 women members of Provincial Peace Councils (PPCs) met in Kabul on Wednesday to plot a strategy to advocate for the interests of women in the peace process. Over 120 Promote Musharikat “Women in Peace” Coalition activists and

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