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Joseph Dana

Joseph Dana is editor-in-chief of emerge85, a lab that explores change in emerging markets and its global impact. He was previously Monocle's Istanbul bureau chief, among other writing positions he has held in the Middle East. Dana's work has appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation and GQ. His reporting and analysis focus on the collision of culture, urbanism, economics and politics. Dana has an MA in European history and philosophy from the Central European University in Budapest.

Articles By Joseph Dana

Is Financial Technology the Solution to Africa’s Economic Challenges?  By Joseph Dana - Oct 12, 2019

There is no mistaking the buzz surrounding cashless transactions facilitated by smartphones. In the West and other developed economies, they mean convenience. In emerging markets, however, marrying the phone to financial services is about more than not having to deal with cash. It speaks of a narrative of financial inclusion and the eradication of poverty. … Continue reading “Is Financial Technology the Solution to Africa’s Economic Challenges? “

The Drumbeat of ‘Annexation’ Gets Louder in Israel. Then What? By Joseph Dana - Sep 11, 2019

If you haven’t been paying attention, it’d be easy to overlook just how critical the upcoming Israeli general election is for the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For it could decide whether Israel maintains the status quo of its occupation of the West Bank or takes bold, if deeply unwise, steps to annex the entirety … Continue reading “The Drumbeat of ‘Annexation’ Gets Louder in Israel. Then What?”

The Palestinian Authority Has Lost the Plot By Joseph Dana - Sep 8, 2019

The world is awaiting the unveiling of the Trump administration’s much touted Israel-Palestine peace plan. But even before then, the Palestinian Authority is attempting to end the Oslo Accords that underwrite the status quo. True, Israel has used the Accords, which created the Palestinian Authority in 1994 as an interim form of Palestinian self-government, to … Continue reading “The Palestinian Authority Has Lost the Plot”

Smart City and Artificial Intelligence: How the UAE and Africa Can Benefit Each Other By Joseph Dana - Sep 5, 2019

What, precisely, is a “smart city”? The term is overused and much abused. Yet, the concept is something actually quite useful. Smart cities use technology to improve the urban environment. A smart city, essentially, is one that involves smart governance – another increasingly popular yet misunderstood term. In a nutshell, since technology can ease the … Continue reading “Smart City and Artificial Intelligence: How the UAE and Africa Can Benefit Each Other”