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How committed are African countries to stemming illicit financial flows?

While some African institutions like the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are making clear their stand on illicit financial flows (IFFs) from Africa, individual countries on the continent don’t seem to be showing enough commitment. As part of the continent’s …

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The liberating experience of Brexit

The referendum of June 23, 2016 regarding Britain’s remain at or exit from the European Union, through its subversive BREXIT result – the first major, painful defeat for the under German control European Union of the banks and multinationals,- undoubtedly shook the dominant British and European political and economical system. …

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Migration debates becoming illogical

So far this year, the Italian coast guard has rescued more than 30,000 people from the Mediterranean Sea, acting with courage, compassion and efficiency. They deserve recognition from Africa because many of those souls are from the continent. Last year, more than 1 million people crossed the Mediterranean to reach …

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UN Secretary-General’s message on World Population Day

The international community has committed to a new sustainable development agenda built on the principles of equity and human rights. A central objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind. Despite significant gains made in reducing poverty and improving opportunity and well-being for many people around …

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A better way to protect the world from the next pandemic

The growing concern over the Zika virus highlights a frightening reality. The world remains ill-prepared for a fast-moving virus. Over the past decade, Ebola, avian flu, swine flu and other pandemics have shown how vulnerable the world can be when major outbreaks start in a developing country with a weak …

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Carlos Lopes writes on Africa’s blue economy

Africa’s “Blue word” is made of vast lakes and rivers and an extensive ocean resource base. Thirty-eight of the fifty-four African States are coastal States. More than 90 percent of Africa’s imports and exports are conducted by sea and some of the most strategic gateways for international trade are in …

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More than 65 million people uprooted from their homes – Ban Ki-moon

Forced displacement has reached unprecedented levels, with more than 65 million people uprooted from their homes globally. New and recurring conflicts, and ever-more disturbing forms of violence and persecution, are driving people to flee in search of safety within their own countries, or to cross international borders as asylum seekers …

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Open letter to the President

Death is one of the most painful occasions mankind is made to endure. The dead person is but gone and we would not pretend to know what goes on hereafter. But the living has no choice than to grieve and mourn the passing of a dear one. The situation is …

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We cannot afford to fail on the Continental Free Trade Area

The launch of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations by the AU leaders in June 2015 in Johannesburg was a milestone. Once in place, the free trade area will cover more than a billion people with a continental GDP of over $3 trillion. Successful implementation of the CFTA will …

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CSOs write open letter to President Mahama on beneficial ownership

Dear Mr. President, We, the under-signed civil society organizations in Ghana understand your attendance to the upcoming Anti-Corruption Summit in the UK this week will mark yet another important opportunity to demonstrate your government’s commitment to the fight against corruption in Ghana. We write to respectfully request you to make …

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