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Towards COP17: Support safeguard information systems for REDDplus

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Durban, South Africa from November 28, 2011 to December 9, 2011 to hold yet another round of negotiations on addressing the climate change crisis. This will be the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17), a critical meeting …

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The future of aid: new ways, new means

Introduction Clearly the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provided a unified and rallying reason for development actors to focus their efforts. Before then, there were too many activities termed as “development” but with no specific ‘universal’ objectives. The MDGs became the gold standard for both poor …

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On UK’s aid threats to Ghana: do beggars have a choice?

Aid contributes to the fight against poverty and hunger in developing countries. It is also increasingly argued that aid is hurting developing countries especially those in Africa. In recent decades, Africa has witnessed more aid than any other continent. According to the 2011 ONE Data Report, total development assistance for …

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US biofuel production increase – Fact or wishful thinking?

A recent study, released on 11 October, “Biofuel Markets and Technologies” released by Pike Research states that the global biofuel market will double within the next decade to $183.3 billion from its current level of $82.7 billion, with ethanol production accounting for $78 billion of future worldwide biofuel production, while …

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GNPC must block Shell’s interest in Jubilee field!

The Reuters news agency report in September 2011 indicates that Shell officials have approached Ghana oil officials to express interest in exploring for oil in the country. Mr. Thomas Manu, Director of Operations at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), was quoted by ghanabusinessnews.com on October 14, 2011 to have …

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Food Security Reporting Tour Programme ends, time to say good bye

The reporting tour programme ended Monday October 17, 2011 and it was time to say good bye. All 27 participants met for dinner at Carmine’s in Washington DC with the officials of the US Department of State Foreign Press Centre responsible for the programme. The atmosphere was both delightful and …

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Democracy or prosperity, which comes first for African countries?

As Africa’s democracy gradually evolves, the arguments are whether Africa should concentrate on creating prosperity first and then grow its democracy later or build up its democracy first and then use it to develop its prosperity. This thinking has come about because of the on-going democratic revolutions occurring in Africa, …

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Beyond Aid – Speech by World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick

I Introduction: A Critical Inflection Point In a village in the mountains of Guizhou Province, China – a village like others in Africa, Central America, or India – people assemble to discuss the future. They don’t want handouts, they don’t want policy prescriptions, they certainly don’t want lectures from visiting …

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The President, God, and progress

Let’s go into the mind of President John Atta Mills, a PHD in law, and envision with him his infatuation with God. In this imaginary Ghana, there are no ethnic problems, no sanitation plight and no vehicular accidents. Poverty is wiped out. God would be in such control that nobody …

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