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Can Entrepreneurs save the Arab World?

The incredible media buzz around Chris Schroeder’s bookStartup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East” is, per se, a very telling fact. A new positive narrative on the MENA region is in the making: in the gloomy Arab winter of the failed revolutions, a bright glimmer of hope is emerging; despite everything, a new generation of daring entrepreneurs is carving out a future for the region.

The heroic figure of the individual rising up against all obstacles – institutions, conflicts, repression…- seems to satisfy simultaneously the liberalism of westerners, the orientalism of regional connoisseurs, Arab’s dignity and the need for international organizations to circumvent failing/”unfriendly” state institutions.

However, this opportune “positive thinking” on the Arab world entails a number of implicit assumptions that must be analyzed and questioned. In the context of the upcoming Fikr 12 Conference on “Enabling Job Creation in the Arab World” (Dubai, 4-5th December 2013), we would like to explore these assumptions.
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NGC becomes Knowledge Partner of the Arab Thought Foundation

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We are very proud to announce our new partnership with the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF),  a leading international non-profit organization that aims at advancing Arab intellectual development through an open dialogue between the business community, academia and civil society.

Every year, the ATF organizes the prestigious “FIKR Conference”, a unique multistakeholder platform that brings together more than 800 Arab and international leaders. This year, FIKR12 will take place in Dubai on the 4th and 5th of December, and will be focused on the challenging topic:  “Enabling Job Creation in the Arab World”.

As an official ATF Knowledge Partner, NGC will have the honor to co-organize and moderate the “Entrepreneurship and Start ups” workshop (5th December) and to contribute to the strategic thinking and design of a special initiative. 

More to come soon on FIKR 12 and our collaboration with the ATF.

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NGC Special Report – Making Sense of Brazilian Protests

Dancing Shadows on the Brazilian Congress

Dancing Shadows on the Brazilian Congress

NGC is proud to share with you its latest Special Report on the protests in Brazil.

We happened to be in Sao Paulo in June 2013 for a month-long research mission, when the protests against the bus fare hike broke out.

We decided to try to make sense of this historical upheaval, mobilizing our two-year experience in the field of Public Healthcare in a favela of Rio and interviewing Brazilians from the Public, Private and Third-sector Organizations in Sao Paulo, Rio and Brasilia.

This report is but a small contribution to a larger discussion that is just beginning, let us know your thoughts and share with us your analysis!

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Video Release of the NCF e-health Pilot in Rio

NGC is proud to present the video it produced for the New Cities Foundation (NCF) Pilot in Rio. Many thanks to all those who helped us and participated in this video.

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Upcoming Short Documentary on the NCF m-health Pilot in Rio

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Upon the request of the New Cities Foundation (NCF), we have been working hard over the past few weeks on a short documentary project about the mobile health Pilot in Santa Marta (Rio).

Together with NCF, Rosalie, our local coordinator in Rio, and Marcelo, a gifted documentary director from Rio with extensive experience in underprivileged communities, we started brainstorming on the best way to tell the story of the project and convey its human dimension.

Today, we are thrilled to share with you some pictures of the making off. Follow our guide, Julio the nurse, who knows the ins and outs of Santa Marta and has been an enthusiastic participant in the implementation of the mobile health project. For more on the project, check the NCF website.

More coming soon!

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Climate Change in the Arab World (2) – A Call for Action

Terrace farming in Yemen dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC

Terrace farming in Yemen dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC

Part 2 of our article on Climate Change in the Arab World highlights solutions and urgent actions needed to start adapting to climate change in the region.

WATERSTOP WASTING!

Arab countries are located in a very arid region with the lowest freshwater resource endowment in the world. Fast demographic growth and climate change will dramatically increase the already severe water gap of the MENA region. Continue reading

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Climate Change in the Arab world: How much worse can it get?

aridI remember witnessing a surreal scene during an international Forum in Northern Europe, in 2011. A group of young Arab pro-democracy actors, heroes of the day, had been gathered for lunch break to meet with one of the Forum leaders. They were duly reminded of the importance of protecting the environment and asked to start promoting ASAP a “green agenda” for their countries. The Arab heroes, slightly taken by surprise, promised politely to do so.

How can you be so disconnected from the realities and preoccupations of the Arab peoples and be so right at the same time? Continue reading

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Arabs meet Latinos in Abu Dhabi

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The Arab – Latin-American Forum in Abu Dhabi (16-17 December 2012) brought together decision- makers of both continents, coming from three key sectors: thought leaders, corporate and government representatives. The event was co-organized by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE).

During three intensive sessions, participants discussed thoroughly economic opportunities of the bi-regional relation, educational and academic cooperation as well as a mutual vision on the most pressing global issues.

Participants underlined the need to further and broaden the discussion, in particular on key issues such as democratization, gender equality and the environment.

The key outcome of this event lies in the announcement, in the Forum Final Declaration, of the creation of a Council of 20 high-level personalities to steer the efforts towards an enhanced Arab-Latin American partnership.

NGC welcomes this decision that should give a sense of direction and priorities to the rapprochement process that has only just begun.

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Middle East & South America – The Way Ahead

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In many different ways, the symposium co-organized by the Center University Saint Esprit of Kaslik (USEK)  and the RIMAAL (29-30 November) on the relations between the Middle East and South America was an eye-opener. It confirmed the massive potential of the trans-regional relation, the dynamism and ambitions of key stakeholders but also the long way still ahead of us.

During the event, the elements of this new South-South relationship literally crystallized under our eyes: new research avenues were identified (O. Dabene); future events and academic initiatives were announced and people from both continents met and clicked. We truly felt like pioneers. Continue reading

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3rd Arab-Latino Summit in Lima – Out of the comfort zone

Since then, things have changed

In 2005, Brazilian President Lula initiated the first Summit of South America and Arab countries (ASPA) in Brasilia in an attempt to create a strategic South-South alliance for international development, justice and peace. This was followed by the Doha ASPA Summit in 2009. We are today on the eve of the 3rd session in Lima, Peru on October 1-2. 21 members from the Arab League and 11 from the Union of South American Nations, the Unasur (Syria and Paraguay are suspended from their organizations) will attend. Continue reading

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