From the monthly archives:

March 2016

If the World Were 100 People

March 29, 2016

The population of the world as I write this, at CET 8 PM on Tuesday March 29th, 2016,  is estimated to be 7,411,904,385 people. At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million, with […]

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Telling Stories by the Sea

March 25, 2016

The Hague knows the value of telling a good story So much so in fact, that the city’s marketing team has created the ‘Bloggershuis’, a dedicated space where visiting bloggers can stay while they discover all that the Hague has to offer. As an added bonus, the Bloggershuis is situated right on the beach! Samantha […]

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The Chalk and Cheese of Reputation

March 15, 2016

Sometimes, the best way to improve your reputation is to contrast yourself with someone nearby who has a really bad one… That’s what’s happening at the moment for Justin Trudeau’s Canada. While his southern neighbour shudders under the force of hatefulness that is Donald Trump, Trudeau was personally welcoming newly arrived Syrian refugees at the […]

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An Uber Innovation Experience in Egypt

March 6, 2016

Taxi in Egypt This week I have been working in Egypt. Taxi drivers here are notoriously know for ripping off customers, which I thoroughly experienced during my first  days of my stay, when I took three taxi rides in Cairo. On the first ride, the taxi driver said he knew the destination. Then he set […]

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Economic Assessment of Al Alamein New City in Egypt

March 3, 2016

Earlier today, on the grounds of employing the principles, strategies, tools developed in UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan 2014 -2019, the Achieving Sustainable Urban Development project (ASUD) – one of UN-HABITAT Egypt’s projects- run a joint meeting between UN-Habitat staff supported by UN-Habitat Urban Economy and Finance Branch, the Egyptian national counterpart General Organization for Physical Planning […]

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