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Trade as a Catalyst for Development: Global Forum for Inclusive Trade

GENEVA:  That trade should be the engine for economic growth, seems uncontentious. But how can trade be truly beneficial for all?  Last week saw the first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for Least Developed Countries,  which sought to address this issue.  Representatives from over 40 countries met at the World Trade Organization’s headquarters in Geneva, drawn from Governments, businesses, NGOs, and researchers they
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Bill Gates at the Malaria Summit

World Malaria Day: Commonwealth leaders take action, will the world follow?

‘One of the worst things I’ve ever seen, years ago in Tanzania, was a child having seizures from cerebral malaria.  I didn’t know if he would survive.  I did know that, even if he did, his brain development would be impaired.’  Bill Gates (Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) Last week 53 Commonwealth Leaders met in London with a wide-ranging agenda to discuss how the Commonwealth can contribute to a futu
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  • Mohamed Sidibay and Sarah Beeching

Why access to quality education is not a poor country issue

When Sarah Beeching first met Mohamed Sidibay in the United Nations HQ in September 2017 it was a moment she will never forget.
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Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference: A Landmark Moment for Education Financing

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, co-hosted by President Emmanuel Macron and President Macky Sall on 2 February in Senegal, was a landmark moment for education financing. It was the first occasion that a global fund had held a replenishment in a developing country, and Senegal added to history by becoming the first recipient country to become a donor to the fund. The c
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oshun partnership 2017 review

2017 – Our year in review

2017 was another packed year for Oshun –  our mission of bringing together policy makers, politicians, private sector leaders, civil society and those committed to a fair and equal world has been more important than ever. The importance of education & teachers The teaching profession has long been undervalued – so it was a privilege to be part of the Global Teacher Prize that took place in Dubai in Ma
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  • Financing the Future: Education 2030, United Nations

Financing the Future: Education 2030, United Nations, New York, 20 September 2017 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres; United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; heads of state of France, Norway, Malawi and Senegal; and other global education leaders including Malala Yousafzai and UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown met in the margins of the UN General Assembly to commit to tackling the global ‘education crisis’ holding back millions of children and threatening progress.
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Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau from Canada, Minister of Health from Uganda

Family Planning Summit: For Safer, Healthier and Empowered Futures

When people ask which inventions have had the most profound impact on humanity, I have two answers for them: the washing machine and contraception.  Viewed from the perspective of a woman, and a working mother, my life would have been very different without access to both of these.
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Global Teacher Awards Prize

Canadian Teacher of Inuit Children Wins Global Teacher Prize 2017

The teaching profession has long been undervalued.  And yet education is consistently at the top of the priority list in developing countries, once basic needs have been met. Parents recognise that education is an investment in their child’s future and theirs too. 
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Early years matter

2016 – Year in Review

As we come to the end of a tumultuous 2016 there can’t be many people who fail to recognise the historic nature of democratic decisions taken this year. From Brexit to Trump’s election, the rise of populism will continue to be felt for the foreseeable future. For those of us fighting inequality and injustice and who have asked the question over the years ‘just how much inequality can a society take before people figh
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