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Aid And The Arab Spring: Why The World Bank And NGOs Just Don't Get It

Op-Ed: In Egypt, development policy has long been driven by the dynamics of those who work in the field of international aid rather by than the needs and political will of the Egyptian people. The Jan. 25 revolution will change that, in spite of the devel

Egypt, destination unknown (Tom Chandler)
Egypt, destination unknown (Tom Chandler)
Amr Adly

CAIRO - A few days ago, I was invited to a meeting for the World Bank's office in Cairo to discuss a document outlining its transitional strategy for development in Egypt. This document supposedly reflects the World Bank's priorities in financing the different developmental projects in Egypt. It is usually prepared following consultations with government and non-government entities. Lately, political powers have also been asked to contribute to it.

I attended a session in which representatives from NGOs and civil society organizations working in diverse fields, such as education, technical training, health and women and children's affairs were present. These organizations focus on providing education, health services and other forms of assistance to marginalized groups and impoverished regions, such Upper Egypt and squatter settlements.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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