Data Visualization

Blog of the Data Visualization & Communication Course at OSB-AUB

This is my favorite part about analytics: Taking boring flat data and bringing it to life through visualization” John Tukey

Women’s Rights and Safety

In many countries, women are yet to earn their rights and safety. As parliamentary seats are directly related to a society's acceptance of equal gender rights, would more women in power help establish such equality?

Access to electricity/clean fuel and cooking tools, in relation with infant mortality in Africa

Problem: Unavailability of electricity and cooking tools is prominent, especially in African countries. On the community level, this can be responsible for inadequate equipment in health care facilities. On the individual level, this causes hunger and reliance on...

Expenditure on Education: How it affects people’s lives generally & women specifically

If countries really manage to raise their education expenditures, how other indicators related to people’s lives generally and women specifically would be affected?

Tuberculosis – A pandemic for the underprivilege?

A pandemic that is targeting the under-privilege, as if the right of living and being protected from such a disease is dependent on one's status and unfortunate living conditions. Tuberculosis continues to be a huge peril disease against the human population and...

Primary Healthcare Centers in Lebanon

Since I started working in the healthcare sector I've always been interested in knowing more about this industry. As such, while exploring the WDI Data I studied several healthcare indicators and it turns out - Lebanon is doing better than we thought! I was intrigued...

Lebanese Banking Sector’s Economic Crisis

Lebanon Banking Sector Crisis Lebanon's financial collapse since 2019 is a story of how a vision for rebuilding a nation once known as the Switzerland of the Middle East was derailed by corruption and mismanagement as a sectarian elite borrowed with few restraints....

Underrepresentation of Females in the Workplace in Lebanon

Meet Zeina, a fresh software engineer graduate from the American University of Beirut. Thrilled and excited to embark onto a new chapter in her life, Zeina started her job-hunting journey. However !!! “Your profile and skills match perfectly well the requirements of...

The variation of imports and exports in Lebanon over the last 30 years

The devaluation in the Lebanese currency has risen as Lebanon is suffering from the most severe economic problem since the civil war. As we know, Lebanon has huge depts. which forms over 150% of the national GDP, the third highest in the world. Adding to it, the gap...

Climate Change: The Crisis of our time

"People hate to think about bad things happening, so they underestimate their likelihood." what would you do if you know life might go extinct before 2070? you would probably not believe, yet it is actually very very true. According to many experts, if no serious...

Electricity Access In the Arab World countries and Potential improvements

In a world where access to electricity is no longer considered a privilege but a basic human right, many Arab counties are still struggling in providing electricity access to their people. Even though the Arab world is often associated with energy wealth in terms of...

The covid-19 pandemic has wiped out decades worth of global health progress. This has affected different countries disproportionately, as weaker healthcare systems were more prone to the pandemic. While service coverage has improved in the last 20 years, the...

Poor Access to Electricity in West and Central Africa

Poor Access to Electricity in West and Central Africa

Despite rising commodity prices and concerns from international leaders about energy scarcities and gas costs at the pump, millions of people in Africa still do not have access to electricity. Only three nations in West and Central Africa are on track to provide power...

Road Safety in Lebanon

Road Safety in Lebanon

ALERT TODAY, ALIVE TOMORROW Contributors: Bashar Salha, Mohamad Kheir El Daouk, Rani Abu Dehn, Raoul El Khazen, Rima Wehbe. Road Safety: Background Information The World Health Organization estimates that around 1.3 million people die and that 30 to 50 million are...

Lebanon – Negative Wheat Supply Shock

Lebanon – Negative Wheat Supply Shock

Contributors: Amin Ghobar, Basilio Diaz, Daniel Raidan, Sally Harb, Stephany Said, and Wissam Malaeb. Wheat Supply and Food Insecurity in Lebanon A principal element to boost food security in developing countries is matching the demand for wheat as it is one of the...

Wave after wave: the Lebanese Brain Drain

Wave after wave: the Lebanese Brain Drain

Yara Haddad, Diana Matar, Nouha Abardazzou, Malek Ben Abdallah, Bashir Choucair Abu Mazen, a 60 year old Lebanese man spends his days searching for a job opportunity in order to be able to provide to his disabled wife, and to make use of his capabilities. Em Mazen...

Equality For Tomorrow

Equality For Tomorrow

Team: Jana Chazbeck, Olguinia El Ferzli, Josephine Kaadou, Haydar Hamdan and Rawane Ibrahim. Note that you can watch the videos here if you faced any technical or connections issues while visiting the website: Reinvented toilets video: Volunteers video: Thank You for...

Education and Early Marriage

Education and Early Marriage

Fatou is a 27-year-old housewife. At 15 years old, she decided to quit her education to get married to the love of her life, a man 8 years older than her, who had promised her a wealthy life in which she wouldn’t worry about a thing. A few years into her marriage, her...

Re-balancing the scales in the Pharma Sector

Re-balancing the scales in the Pharma Sector

“I had to work twelve-hour shifts, for seven days weekly in order to keep up with my son’s medication prices, which keep increasing every week. Only to later find out that, when I had the money, I could not find the drug. ” This was the story of Wafic, one more...

Child Mortality: The Underlying Tragedy

Child Mortality: The Underlying Tragedy

Our world today is much safer than it was 40 years ago. One powerful indicator to reflect societal living conditions is child mortality rates, given the many sensitive factors required for a newborn or a child to grow in health. Generalizing the matter to include the...

Education Can Solve Unemployment

Education Can Solve Unemployment

Amal wishes to find a job Amal, an Egyptian 30-year-old girl, has been unemployed for the past three years. Her organization laid her off after being with them for 10 years because of the pandemic. Amal couldn’t continue her education because she had to help her...

Earth: A story of a Sick Mother with Smart Children

Earth: A story of a Sick Mother with Smart Children

    As we grow up, we become more aware of the sacrifices our parents and family make for us to live a decent life. As early as our teenage years, we dream of the day we'll be able to reward them for what they've done. How many times have we heard someone...

Mortality caused by unintentional poisoning in Africa

Mortality caused by unintentional poisoning in Africa

The mortality rate in Africa countries is very high compared to other countries worldwide. One cause of the mortality rate is the unintentional poisoning especially children. Because of the high poverty rate, low access to water, and high literacy rate, people are not...

Gender Parity: A hidden opportunity for sustainable economic growth

Gender Parity: A hidden opportunity for sustainable economic growth

"Hiring and promoting talented women is the right thing to do for society, and its economic imperatives."                                                                                                                                                     Carlos Ghosn...

Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

Women all over the world are abused on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, or at least for one. Men abuse women every day for inconvenient reasons. Following a survey of a few women from various backgrounds, the average number of violated women for the following...