In Praise of Data

In Praise of Data

I am writing this blog while the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s flagship Ibrahim Governance Weekend is taking place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

This annual event convenes prominent African political and business leaders plus representatives from civil society and institutions, as well as Africa’s major international partners, to debate issues of critical importance to the continent. The focus for 2019 is youth, mobility and African migration…

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On Lebanon's education gender gap: Data analysis highlights the gap that crawls into the dynamics...

On Lebanon's education gender gap: Data analysis highlights the gap that crawls into the dynamics...

Lebanon, like many countries in the Med, have in-built resilience in their cultural DNA. Lebanon is also an entrepreneurial nation with a large active and enlightened diaspora. With the war in Syria, Lebanon has been incurring significant inflows of refugees hosted over the last 8 years in its cities and rural communities. Recent data analysis show Lebanon’s almost flat economic growth rate and a creeping unemployment rate. Women and girls are a most important socio-economic component to ensure growth, stability and peace.

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Participation of women and girls in the workforce and in education is a key pillar...

Participation of women and girls in the workforce and in education is a key pillar...

It has been more than 5 years since I founded the Mediterranean Growth Initiative, boldly advocating the merits of the Mediterranena as an economic space in global trade and delivering real-time date analysis to support policy thinking and doing in the region. At the start ofthis year, we are launching new work, focusing on a series of infographics and data driven analysis on education and gender across the Mediterranean region - starting with Morocco.

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We ended 2018 – our third year running – with a bang: The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) has signed a collaboration agreement...

We ended 2018 – our third year running – with a bang: The Mediterranean Growth Initiative (MGI) has signed a collaboration agreement...

Our collaboration agreement with the CMI is testament to shared vision, validated methodology and sense of purpose. It speaks to the need for informed policy making, but equally important the need for governments and multilateral institutions to benchmark impact of policy on citizenry, having the tools to improve and align policy with real time information. Read more in my 2019 MGI.online founder's message above.

Wishing you all a very happy new year,

Cleopatra

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Anticipate and manage for geopolitical, trade, corporate governance codes and regulators changes

 Anticipate and manage for geopolitical, trade, corporate governance codes and regulators changes

This blogpost is shared as part of a series of insights from INSEAD Directors Network, based on roundtable discussions held during INSEAD Directors Forum October 2018. The Directors Forum Round Table Discussions were held with IDN members led by IDN board members or IDN Ambassadors.

The roundtable discussion was led by Cleopatra Kitti, IDN Ambassador Cyprus.

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In the last 10 years, UK trade with non-EU Med countries has grown by 65% whilst...

In the last 10 years, UK trade with non-EU Med countries has grown by 65% whilst...

The Mediterranean represents 10% of global GDP and is home to 500 million people. As a proud Mediterranean, my page will be bringing facts, information and views from the region, so that we are better understood for our potential by international investors, policy makers, analysts. This page will be hosting a series of infographics, by MGI.online, the only real time data analysis, benchmarking and forecasting platform on the Mediterranean region. The first series focuses on the Med and Brexit.

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PRIVATE CAPITAL IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: ITALY

PRIVATE CAPITAL IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: ITALY

Italy has endured a torrid decade, suffering three recessions since 2008, with high levels of public debt, unemployment at above 10 per cent and a banking system lumbered with bad loans. Its political leadership has also drifted towards populism, with talk of a referendum to withdraw from the Euro currency, and a toughening anti-immigration stance.

Hard economic times tend to lead to a hardening of borders, with a zero-sum ‘us-and-them’ mentality. To counter the trend and support greater mobility of capital and people in the Mediterranean, a vibrant private sector is crucial for Italy’s future.

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PRIVATE CAPITAL IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: FRANCE

PRIVATE CAPITAL IN SOUTHERN EUROPE: FRANCE

Following the election of Emmanuel Macron last year, France has emerged as one of Europe’s more vibrant economies. In particular, it is building its tech sector in advanced areas such as artificial intelligence and attracting increasing investment from tech leaders, including IBM and Microsoft. Macron has been a welcome voice of internationalism, attempting to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, for instance, and imploring European countries not to turn their backs on migrants. His recent promise to grant citizenship to a Malian illegal immigrant who saved a child dangling precariously from a balcony – taking the time to meet the man in person – was a welcome gesture at a time when other Western nations are moving in the ideologically opposite direction. Given that France faces its own emerging nationalist and far-right political movement, these achievements should not be taken lightly. 

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