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African Renaissance: A long dream turning into reality?

The concept of African Renaissance has been on the lips of progressive Africans for decades as a renewal of the way of doing things to overcome Africa’s challenges and  advance the well-being of the African people. In 1946, Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop, wrote extensively on African renaissance in his books; …

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Listen to Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1967 assertion that the moral arc of the universe is long, but bends toward justice may be his most well-known quote about the nature of time. Drawing on the words of nineteenth-century Massachusetts abolitionist Theodore Parker, King’s phrase moved President Barack Obama so much that …

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Five things that will set back Ghana’s progress in 2018 if not addressed

After 25 years of practicing democracy following ups and downs of military regimes that mostly set the country back, Ghana’s democratic process, widely respected around the world is becoming insipid. A growing sense of entitlement among the political class, the entrenchment of and normalization of corruption, graft and lack of …

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The ripples of HIV criminalization laws

There is no clearer manifestation of the stigma associated with HIV than the multitude of bad laws and policies that punish people living with HIV for acts that would not be a crime if they didn’t know they had the virus. Usually, these laws are used to prosecute individuals who …

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Changing Africa’s narrative, one PR campaign at a time

Famine, war, and drought are how many countries perceive Africa, and we need to change this, but how? The answer…..Social Media. Social Media is an excellent tool for spreading the word. We have seen how multi-billion dollar companies have used it. Driving even more business their way. So why shouldn’t …

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Five important issues that weren’t captured in the 2018 Budget

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta recently presented the 2018 budget on the floor of Parliament and that made the news for a while in the country. The budget was themed “putting Ghana to work.” In the budget, the government measured economic boost between 2018 and 2019.   Among other …

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Land governance is key to Africa’s transformation

The Africa Land Policy Centre (formerly the Land Policy Initiative) in collaboration with partner organizations will hold an International Conference on November 14-17, 2017 in Addis Ababa. In line with the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa, this multi-stakeholder dialogue platform will contribute to knowledge generation and sharing, as well as advocacy on land policy development, …

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The obscure imprints of the German elections 

The German elections of September 24, 2017, due to the country’s specific political, financial and historical strength, have undoubtedly been at the center of international and European interest. Their results were marked by the winning of the Christian Union CDU / CSU led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, even with a …

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Not a fair price for coffee farmers in Ethiopia

How much do small coffee farmers in Ethiopia benefit from Fair Trade and Organic certification? Not as much as you may think. Global trade in Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) such as Fair Trade and Organic certified coffee has seen remarkable growth in nearly two decades, but in Ethiopia the benefits …

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Africa must intensify the fight against illicit financial flows

We know the story: Africa is poor, and it needs the help from rich countries. And if Western powers have exploited the black continent through slavery, colonialism and resource extraction, that’s all in the past. Nowadays, they are all generous, determined to help eradicate poverty and facilitate sustainable development. The …

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