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By Kevin Watkins - Jul 29,2020
LONDON — “The beautiful thing about learning,” the great blues guitarist B.B. King once wrote, “is that no one can take it away from you”. Born and raised in poverty, King understood the value of education as a force for change.
By Kevin Watkins - Jan 18,2020
LAGOS — As global business and political leaders gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, they should ask themselves one big question: Will the world achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030?
By Kevin Watkins - Jun 03,2018
LONDON — “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. A fervent advocate for public education, and a founder of libraries, schools and the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin viewed education as the foundation of human progress.
By Kevin Watkins - Apr 21,2018
LONDON — The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has become synonymous with state failure. No country has endured more brutal conflicts, hosted more kleptocratic and corrupt governments, or squandered more resource wealth.
By Kevin Watkins - Apr 08,2017
Two-year-old Bintu Mustapha is the human face behind the hidden humanitarian catastrophe now unfolding in northeast Nigeria.
By Kevin Watkins - Apr 13,2016
Buried among the 169 targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — adopted by the United Nations last September amid a blaze of glitzy events, celebrity endorsements and back-slapping by world leaders, aid donors and non-governmental organisations — was the vita
By Kevin Watkins - Aug 13,2015
Imagine you woke up tomorrow without access to modern energy.You have no fridge, cooking stove, or air conditioning. Your kids cannot do homework after sundown.
By Kevin Watkins - Jul 10,2015
Some 236 years ago, a young governor from the American state of Virginia broke the mould on education reform.In his “Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge”, Thomas Jefferson called for “a system of general instruction” that would reach all citizens, “from the richest t
By Kevin Watkins - Feb 10,2015
There is something rotten about the European Union’s debate on migration. The continent’s political leaders, paralysed by the rise of anti-immigrant populism, are turning their backs on desperately vulnerable people fleeing war, human rights abuses and economic colla

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