February 2017

February 2017 Newsletter



Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week Welcomes UNU-EHS Students in Geneva

Author: Joseph Cook


The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) was a five-day conference held at the International Conference Centre of Geneva, hosted by the Swiss Government and co-chaired by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in early February 2017. The conference brought together professionals working within the humanitarian sector, private sector, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and international organizations to share ideas, experiences, and recommendations on how best to address some of the challenges of the humanitarian sector today. Read More



Is democracy in Africa a ‘dictatorship of the majority’?

Author: Mebeelo Kafungwa

What is a democracy? Africa’s democracy in practice is not as theory tells it. An African democracy is said to by the people, for the people, democratically elected and with liberal ideals espoused by western democratic nations. Perhaps it is just the political systems within the countries. This article exposes on a new language in governance being referred to us a “dictatorship of the majority?” It has existed in Africa since post-colonial times. This is a democracy with only a small group of people rotating the leadership circle to govern a nation, and yet they still earn their power through the “democratic process”. Read More



Asia’s Economic Rise — Prospects and Pitfalls

Author: Jheel Bastia

As a part of the public session, ‘The Conversation Series’, the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo invited Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Shamshad Akhtar to give a talk on the economy and growth trends in in Asia and the Pacific countries. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific under the framework of United Nations has been working closely to give technical assistance and build capacity for its member states (Asian and the Pacific nations) in the fields of macroeconomic policy, poverty reduction and financing for development, trades, technology, information, and communications technology (ICT), social development, etc. Read More