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China, U.S. urged to jointly safeguard cyber security

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A senior Chinese Internet affairs official has called for greater trust between China and the United States in jointly safeguarding cyber security.

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Seeding Entrepreneurship: How A Sierra Leone Community is Learning To Feed Itself

Seeding Entrepreneurship: How A Sierra Leone Community is Learning To Feed Itself | Sierra Leone Watch | Scoop.it
When we launched the Innovate Salone platform in March 2012, our goal was to expand a culture of innovation and self-efficacy in Sierra Leone. An important aspect of our strategy is to ensure local

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INSPIRATIONAL YOUTH: Self-taught teen Changemaker from Sierra Leone wows M.I.T.

Kelvin Does says his aim is " to promote innovation in Sierra Leone among young people." Check out this video and learn more about the inspiring journey of a young changemaker. Then read more about Kelvin's history of invention here.


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Natural resources and economic development

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When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?

 

Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores.  For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity.  This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors.  This is good a way to demonstrate that context.       


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:01 PM

Even though thousands are fleeing the country in search of something better big buisness see the country as a land of opportunity, but to those that live there Sierra Leone’s natural resources have been a curse. A decade ago diamonds put the country into an 11 year civil war and it is about to happen again over a unique wood found deep in the forests. We tend to forget that the wars that tear countires apart arent always started by political issues but also by natural rescources.  

Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:52 PM

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.

Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, January 12, 2015 10:18 AM

This article it gives good insight on how much natural resources come into play when deciding a countries Human Development Index (HDI). Sierra Leone has a surplus amount of natural resources yet they still have one of the lowest HDI scores. The economy in Sierra Leone is definitely in bad shape. Because of the treacherous economy, the amount of natural resources is not very beneficial to their HDI.  

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