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On growth in 2012
Growth in 2012 (The Economist 04.01.2012)
The Economist Intelligence Unit are forecasting that Libya’s economy will grow the fastest in 2012 as a result of national reconstructing following the fall Qaddafi’s regime. By contrast, Sudan’s economy will shrink the most in 2012 after losing three quarters of its oil reserves to South Sudan.
UK Economy: bleak forecast but are we really unhappy? (Huffington Post 02.01.2012)
In the UK, 2.6 million people are unemployed, 1 million of them between the ages of 16 and 25; with the threat of the Eurozone collapsing the Huffington Post explores whether or not this dim economic outlook to the year ahead will effect people’s happiness.
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On the crisis in Europe
GDP Needs Help: Let's Build a Second Measure of Economic Strength (The Atlantic 03.01.2012)
If the greatest economic achievement of the 20th century was constructing a national income statement then this Atlantic article calls for the 21-century’s greatest achievement to be the creation of national balance sheets.
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Rethinking the Growth Imperative (Project Syndicate 02.01.2012)
Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University, goes beyond the beyond GDP argument for more comprehensive indicators of human development and questions the modern growth theory’s emphasis on humans as fundamentally social creatures.
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On gender equality
Women set to make their mark in politics (IPS Gender Wire 04.01.2012)
The 2012 Kenyan presidential elections will open doors to political participation from women for the first time ever. A new constitution that took effect in August last year contains a provision that not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender."
See more and contribute to the Wikigender article on gender equality in Kenya
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