Botswana Tourism Sector Emerges Hard Hit by the Coronavirus Global Pandemic

June 3, 2020
The Botswana tourism sector faces many threats ranging from climate change, humanitarian crisis and health issues, the current Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being a case in point. It does not come as a surprise that the sector has not escaped the brunt of the global pandemic considering that it involves interactions among people. The United […]

The Urban-Rural Disconnect and Impacts of COVID-19 on the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

June 1, 2020
Societal sustainability rests on the three interconnected pillars of water, energy and food, the WEF Nexus. Supply and demand of each must be in balance with the other two or the three-legged stool either wobbles or falls over leading to social and political instability. The ultimate driver of the Nexus is economics, and WEF interactions […]

Burundi’s Ruling Party Wins Election

May 29, 2020
The election commission of Burundi announced Monday that the ruling party candidate, Evariste Ndayishimiye, won the 2020 presidential election (Al Jazeera). With an 87.7 percent voter turnout, Ndayishimiye of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) won 68.72 percent of the vote (Al Jazeera). Ndayishimiye ran […]


Gulf Arab States Review Tax Regimes Amid Economic Crisis

May 20, 2020
The emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic and a collapse in oil prices have inflicted acute socioeconomic shocks across Gulf Arab states, which now confront the unenviable prospect of managing prolonged economic downturns. Policymakers must consider controversial measures to cut government expenditures and generate needed revenues. Raising taxes – such as the value-added tax (VAT) and […]

Ecuador and COVID-19: Loss, Struggle, and Reinvention

May 20, 2020
Note: Journalist Veronica Camacho wrote this opinion piece just one day before she learned she lost her job as TV Host at Ecuavisa after working there 15 years. GPII’s Katie Coronado subsequently interviewed her about how it happened and what she will do now that she has been impacted directly by this pandemic. Her responses […]

COVID-19: Isle of Man Response and Issues for the Future for Small States

May 18, 2020
“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” How have the Isle of Man and other small states responded to those recent COVID-19 related weeks? The Isle of Man is an island of around 85,000 people and 227 square miles, located in the Irish Sea roughly midway between England, Scotland and Ireland. It is […]


Suspending Immigration Will Hurt America’s Recovery

May 15, 2020
Immigrants have been vital to this nation’s success pre-COVID, and they will be key participants in ensuring the U.S. economy grows when the pandemic is over. Foreign born workers were instrumental in powering the consistent economic growth the U.S. saw from 2010 to early 2020. To see that growth again, it will take native-born Americans […]

An Illuminating Farmer-to-Farmer Story in Morocco

May 4, 2020
William ‘Bill’ Nichols served as a volunteer consultant through the United States Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer Program (USAID F2F) for two weeks in January 2020. From New Mexico, his collaboration as an F2F volunteer improved the tree nursery production of four cooperatives in southern Morocco. One immediate benefit of his visits with Moroccan farmers […]

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