November 20, 2017
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In Nigeria, English is the official language. Thus, making it essential for education, documentation and communication in formal settings. Yet out of the 185 million people living in the country, about 70 million speak Hausa as a first language, 28 million use Yoruba as a mother language and there are 24 million Igbo native speakers. In total, there are over 520 languages spoken across Nigeria. “The bigger the diversity, the more difficult it is to reach a compromise, so the status-quo remains, the colonial language that imposes a high cost on its citizens,” said Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran...

October 31, 2017
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Imagine that a baguette costs 1 USD. Three months later, you go to the same shop to buy the exact same baguette and the person at the counter asks for 1.85 USD. Suddenly, you can’t afford a baguette. Even if you could, that is the money you had budgeted for other primary needs. Far from being fiction, this happened in Haiti, where the price of grain increased up to 85 percent in 2008. The food crisis led to violent protests, as people couldn’t afford to eat, and eventually concluded with the ousting of the prime minister. 

Price shocks affect food security in many poor re...

October 31, 2017
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Cities concentrate 54% of the world population (approximately 4000 million people), more than 70% of the world's GDP and more than 80% of world's CO2. 

A city is a physical and tangible reality, but also a social construction. The right to a city is understood as a place and possibility to develop human rights where its complexity and miscenegation must be considered.

On October 31st we celebrate World Cities Day and we must emphasize the importance of understanding its functioning in order to combat the most rising challenges the world faces: poverty, equ...

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