Fact TankJanuary 11, 2017

About one-fifth of adults globally have no formal schooling

Lack of formal education is widespread in many countries in south Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Fact TankDecember 14, 2016

Q&A: The Muslim-Christian education gap in sub-Saharan Africa

Melina Platas, an assistant professor of political science at New York University Abu Dhabi, explains the Muslim-Christian education gap in sub-Saharan Africa.

Fact TankDecember 14, 2016

Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa are twice as likely as Christians to have no formal education

In sub-Saharan Africa, Muslim adults are more than twice as likely as Christians to have no formal schooling.

ReligionDecember 13, 2016

Religion and Education Around the World

Jews are more highly education than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend have the fewest years of formal schooling. But all religious groups are making gains, particularly among women.

Fact TankNovember 17, 2016

Pope Francis shaping a College of Cardinals that is less European

Only three of the 13 voting members of the newest cardinal-designates (those younger than 80) are from Europe.

GlobalNovember 14, 2016

In Key African Nations, Widespread Discontent With Economy, Corruption

Many people in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya are concerned about their countries’ political and economic systems. Yet, there is considerable optimism about the future.

Fact TankSeptember 6, 2016

Fewer refugees entering Europe than in 2015, but asylum backlog still growing

The number of refugees who have entered Europe this summer has declined compared with last year, but the backlog of asylum applications continues to grow.

Fact TankJune 1, 2016

5 facts about the global Somali diaspora

Somalia has faced lawlessness and strife during its decades-long civil war. As the country of 10.8 million continues to experience political and economic instability, its people are increasingly living outside of Somalia. New migrants are making their way to places like Europe, but they face a long and dangerous journey over land and sea. Hundreds […]

Fact TankNovember 24, 2015

In Africa, Pope Francis will find religious vibrancy and violence

The three countries on the pope’s itinerary — Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic — all have sizable Catholic populations. But they also have seen violent clashes in recent years.

Fact TankNovember 2, 2015

African immigrant population in U.S. steadily climbs

African immigrants make up a small share of the U.S. immigrant population, but their numbers are growing – roughly doubling every decade since 1970.