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Genetically modified seeds and Ghana – The debate

Ghana is at the cross roads, debating the introduction of genetically modified crops (commonly referred to as GM crops) into the country. Public debates are generally good if conducted in an atmosphere of civility and with the intention of arriving at evidence-based decisions. The ongoing debate on genetically modified crops …

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Op-ed: Africa’s once in a generation opportunity

Africa’s leaders have in their hands a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the international development agenda, not just for their continent but for the whole globe. The continent’s leaders are in the midst of negotiating the Africa Common Position (ACP) on what the UN framework for development will look like after …

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Africans must walk to freedom in Mandela’s memory – Kofi Annan

Nelson Mandela led a singular life of sacrifice, dignity and political genius that brought about the peaceful end of one of the great evils of modern times. The most important lesson he leaves us with, however, is not about the promise of visionary leadership. Rather, I believe, it is about …

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Global tax justice in Africa: It’s time to turn words into action

Now is a good time to be optimistic about Africa. The continent’s global influence is growing after a decade of strong growth, the roots of macro-economic stability and democracy are sinking deeper across the continent, dynamic civil societies are keeping governments on their toes, and government policy is improving. Africa …

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Climate change and Africa’s development: A challenge of all times

Climate Change has been variously described by scientists, development experts and practitioners as not only the greatest development challenge of the 21st century, but also a civilization-challenging ethical problem. Some manifestations of climate change include warming and rising sea levels, coastal erosion, excessive floods, drought and erratic rainfall patterns. These …

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Looming EU ban on fish exports: Would Ghana lose its fish export market share?

The latest formal warning from the European Union regarding illegal fishing and the impending ban   on fish exports from Ghana to the EU market gives great concern regarding government’s action towards forestalling the decline or near collapse of another important employment generating, foreign exchange earning, non-traditional export (NTE) sector. Would …

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Beyond remittances: The untapped resource of Ghanaian Diaspora

Mobility is an accepted feature of contemporary society and there is a certain level appreciation of the fact that migration brings added benefits (IOM, 2011) as partner countries and donors see transnational engagement as a potential for economic development as well as challenges to both sending and receiving economies. Three …

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Tackling inequality to combat poverty in Africa

Already enjoying increased macroeconomic stability and more democratic politics, Africa has also been touched by the so-called global commodities super-cycle. Strong demand for the continent’s oil, gas, and minerals have combined with high prices to fuel economic growth in many of its resource-rich countries, including Equatorial Guinea and Angola. Across …

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An eulogy for the Late Harry Sawyer

With great sadness I bid farewell to an esteemed Chartered Surveyor. The number one on the list of Ghanaian Surveying Members in Good Standing. As a first year Land Economy student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology our year group was introduced to the first President of …

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