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Social Networks: Facebook Dominates 130 out of 137 Countries

Social Networks: Facebook Dominates 130 out of 137 Countries | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Every June and December, social media strategist Vincenzo Cosenza updates his “world map of social networks” to show what the most popular service is in every country. The latest update,... Keep reading →

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 3:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 28, 12:57 AM

How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 9:49 AM

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The First Day of School Around the World

The First Day of School Around the World | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Take a look at the first day of school celebrations around the world!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 28, 10:29 AM

Access to education is one of the great indicators of development and political stability--educators wish nothing but the best education possible for the next generation, but the experience is quite variable across the globe.  As many places have recently started school again, this article is a reminder that this practice is experienced differently around the world. 


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Malawi agricultural market information system | IFPRI Publication


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IFPRIKM's curator insight, March 5, 10:13 AM

This report is an analysis of the current mandate and operation of the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS). AMIS consists of five surveys covering prices of crops, livestock, horticulture, inputs, and farmgate crop prices. The report is a direct contribution to the development of the Strategic Master Plan (SMP). The objective of the study was “to adapt the current AMIS to the current needs of key stakeholders in order to provide relevant information for [Agricultural Sector-Wide Approach] ASWAp steering.” The three components were: (1) to review and revise the AMIS mandate and purpose, (2) to assess proposed technology options based on the review and revision results, and (3) to outline institutional adaptations and longer-term investments to implement and maintain the “new” AMIS, for input to the SMP.