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Universal ratification of ILO Convention on worst forms of child labour is positive for Africa’s children

The ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour has become the first international labour standard ever to achieve universal ratification. This historical achievement reflects a global consensus that the worst forms of child labour are unacceptable, and an affront to our common values. That when children …

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Fact or fiction: How one’s perspective of data influences decision-making

I had the privilege of attending the Seventh Meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa held online from October 13-15, 2020 that was sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  The meeting assembled Heads of African National Statistical Offices from member states; and statistics and policy experts …

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What a Biden win would mean to the world

Donald Trump

On the US election day in 2016 I was in Johannesburg, South Africa, attending the African Investigative Journalism Conference hosted by WITS University. As can be remembered, it was a momentous election with high stakes. A politically inexperienced businessman with lots of questions about his capabilities, Donald Trump, and a …

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Trump’s attempted coup

We all knew it was coming, and now it is here. An attempted coup. There is no other way to describe what President Donald Trump did in the wee hours of the morning. Standing in the East Room of the White House, the room where Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John …

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America’s moment of decision and likely unanswered questions

After nearly two years, countless ads, the expenditure of billions of dollars and dozens of candidates, the moment of decision has arrived. It is a tired and timeworn cliche that each presidential campaign is the most important of our lives. But this year it really seems to be true. Democratic nominee and …

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The massacre at Lekki must not go unpunished

Democracy isn’t only about the right to form political parties, contest, win elections and run a country the way one wants. Neither is it about fighting an election, winning and gathering a country’s resources at one’s feet, like the spoils of war. Democracy also includes the rights of citizens to …

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Open letter to the President: Nine years of oil production and Ghana Beyond Aid

…Would the exploitation of the black gold do the trick? “May our oil be the pure “black gold” which brings the Black Star of Africa more blessing than gold brought the Gold Coast,” Kofi Bentil, IMANI, Ghana. First, for the purpose of this discourse, we shall use the flagship Jubilee …

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Narrative disruption: Teo Lee and race relations in America

People across the United States have been trying to figure out how to make a positive contribution during the upheaval about systemic racism that has erupted since George Floyd’s murder in late May. For childhood friend Teo Lee, the answer has been clear: he’s kept doing the musical and activism …

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Agyapa Royalties deal: What have Panama Papers and other Leaks taught Ghana?

On the last days before Ghana’s Parliament went on recess the government laid before it for approval some agreements under the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF). Parliament hastily went through those bills, ‘debated’ and approved them on Friday August 14, 2020. Of significance is this agreement by which the government …

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To Ghana government: Delay Agyapa minerals royalty agreement to allow broader consultation

Introduction Ghana’s public space over the past fortnight has been pre-occupied with the debate on the mineral royalties investment agreement – herein called the ‘Agyapa Deal’.  There have been several calls by civil organisations, respected statesmen and ordinary citizens for government to hasten slowly on the ‘Agyapa Deal’. Reasons cited …

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