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

HIV and Antiretroviral Therapy Coverage

HIV is a major health issue that is effecting the lives of many people around the world. However, recently HIV has become a manageable condition due to the increase in access to effective treatment and therapy. Antiretroviral therapy can save lives, protect health and...

Birth Registration: A Choice or a Birth Right?

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry” is a very wise quote which indicates that people take for granted what they have. Birth registration is, for example, something you and I, and so many other people take for granted. However, not every child is...

Literacy, Poverty, Early Marriage, & Domestic Violence

  Educate a girl, change the world - Malala Yousafzai Being a young lady and living in Lebanon, we always heard stories of women being beaten up, tortured, or killed by their husbands from our family members or friends. According to the World Health Organization...

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...

Declining Fertility Rates as a Function of Increasing Women’s Empowerment

According to BBC News, the world is witnessing a ‘jaw-dropping’ global crash in children being born. The news article, by James Gallagher, reports that falling fertility rates have “nothing to do” with usual phenomena that come to mind when discussing fertility such...

Education, Literacy and Adolescents out of school

Most of us have grown up being taught the importance of education. But why is education important? Through your frustrating school years, you may have thought that it was a waste of time, or was just something that you needed to do in order to get a job. Truth be...

From the Streets of Tripoli to Classrooms: Getting kids back to learning

NO to child labor, YES to safe and quality education Growing up in Lebanon has been a challenge for all of us. We went through wars, political instability, economic crisis, and many more shocking events. Nevertheless, we are considered lucky enough to have a safe...

Fertility Rate: The Decline

Throughout history, women's primary role was to be homemakers that would only perform domestic chores, raise children, and continue the bloodline. A childless woman was branded as barren, and she was frowned upon. In the Middle Ages, people called infertile women...

Start-Up Bureaucracy in the MENA Region

Are bureaucratic laws interfering with Lebanon’s regional competitive ability? Why not harness the power of data to see where things really lie?

The Roads of Death

According to the Economist newspaper, in many countries where the overall mortality rate is falling, road deaths have gone in the opposite direction. Road traffic deaths disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries that suffer from weakness in their...
Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

Contributors: Karim Ahmad, Razane Hani, Sara Kaddoura, Mohanad Rifai, Wassim Radwan, Ghida Raydan   Social media is defined by its interactivity, connectedness, and user-generated content. In today’s society, the use of social media has become a necessary daily...

Food Insecurity in Lebanon

Food Insecurity in Lebanon

Contributors: Sara Ramadan, Jana El Oud, Wael El Aridi, Mohammad Mohsen, Mahdi Mohammad, Amir Bazzi   Food insecurity, described as a situation in which a household suffers from disruption of food intake or of eating patterns given limited funds and other...

Lebanon: The Crisis & The Opportunities

Lebanon: The Crisis & The Opportunities

Rafic Srouji, Lara Zbibo, Anas Sidani, Dima Daouk, Ziad Moghabghab, Celine Kabbara   As MSBA students, we are used to working with data daily, we are accustomed to hearing about its importance and how it holds the answers to any question we might have. We didn’t...

Climate Change: The Crisis of our time

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...

Murder in the Cradle

Murder in the Cradle

How would you feel? If I told you that somewhere around the world infants are getting injected with a vile poison. A venom that doesn't kill immediately rather it slowly cripples the child, taking away his/her quality of life and decreases his/her life expectancy by...

Is further education improving employment rates?

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. –  Benjamin Franklin Education is the pillar of society. Education is the only way to a good life. Education is the future. But do it smartly.  With every generation coming on, every aspect of life is changing whether...

Supporting Agricultural Sector in Lebanon

Supporting Agricultural Sector in Lebanon

Lebanon is suffering from an economical and financial crisis since 2019. The world bank has classified this crisis as one of the worst 3 crises since mid-nineteenth century. One main reason behind this crisis is the high external debt and its services which have led...

Where are all the Children?

Where are all the Children?

"When children must split their time between fetching water and protecting their families’ greatest wealth, the livestock, their education suffers" Marco Prates Meet Marta Ndimaoshitya: Marta is a 12-year-old educated girl. “Educated?”, You might say. “Then what’s the...

Child Labour in Africa

Child Labour in Africa

This is Hamisi, an 11 year who has a career as a miner. Hamisi dropped out of his third year of primary school and left his home village after his father was unable to pay for his uniform and school fees. Although Hamisi's parents have their own half-acre coffee farm,...

Women Business and The Law Index

Women Business and The Law Index

What is The Women Business and The Law Index? Women's underestimation and underrepresentation is a wide-spread phenomenon over the globe. With time, some countries worked on diminishing any type of discrimination between genders, while others fell-behind on this...

Brazil Record Unemployment Rate Rises By 30.5%

Brazil Record Unemployment Rate Rises By 30.5%

Brazil has been struggling with the challenges of unemployment, job inequality, and insufficient income from labor. The Unemployment Rate in Brazil was recorded at 6.34 percent in 1985 and started increasing to reach a historic high of 30.5 percent in 2020. According...

Patronage Systems in Rentier States

Patronage Systems in Rentier States

“It is the devil’s excrement. We are drowning in the devil’s excrement. —Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonso, former Venezuelan oil minister” The narrative fifty years ago A country discovers vast amounts of oil reserves. Leaders across the world are green with envy. The...