Fintech: The Future of Finance

The term financial technology, which evolved by the end of the first decade of the 21st century, refers to any technological innovation in the financial sector. This includes automation softwares in the financial industry such as trading, investing, and retail banking, and mobile technologies that facilitate people’s everyday lives. New financial technologies have just started…

Effective Cyclical Sanitation for Girls Need Loud Voices, Not Silenced Periods

Sanitation and development are intersectional topics that are widely recognized and discussed– except for a particular topic which halts girls and women’s daily routine. Every month, a girl somewhere around the world will miss school, be psychologically distressed, socially excluded all because of a natural body function: the menstruation cycle.   According to UNICEF, one…

The Bad Behind AirBnb

Anyone who has travelled anywhere has likely heard someone recommend AirBnb. The site has taken the tourism and hospitality industry by storm with 150 million users as of March 2017.   AirBnb has grown fast, it’s an incredible company that is a must for any traveller. It’s innovative, different, and expanding so fast, but there…

Africa’s Billionaire Club.

As a child, I always associated riches as a close relative to power. The kind of power that brings about respect through fear– you know, like most of the African leaders in this century. I would be lying if I said a part of me felt that those who gained wealth and were not directly…

Why should we care about China’s interest in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Chinese presence in Latin America and the Caribbean can be traced back to nineteenth and twentieth century migrants who established diasporic groups across the region. Chinese Latin Americans are found across the entire continent, intermingling with local cultures and social norms. Economically, however, the People’s Republic of China began to show more interest in Latin…

Opinion: Aftermath of the Venezuela Vote

Openly condemned by the world, Maduro’s win is already proving troublesome for the South American nation, from sanctions to missing politicians and police brutality. On August 30, the polls were opened in Venezuela. Maduro’s Socialist Party hailed victorious. Officials said 8.1 million citizens cast their vote. Yet the opposition estimates the true number was anywhere…

The Softwood Lumber Dispute: A Beginner’s Guide

     Forestry is one of the major cornerstones of the Canadian economy. Canada is home to 10% of the world’s forested land and is the second-largest exporter of forestry goods, which has contributed to the nation having the highest forest trade balance in the world. In short, forestry is an integral part of Canada’s…

A Short Guide to Glocalization

The term glocalization, coined by sociologist Roland Robertson, emerged in the 1990s. It is a way of explaining how global businesses adapt to local cultures. One of the best examples of this business practice is McDonald’s, the fast-food chain restaurant that is present in almost every corner of the world and attempts to cater to…