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Street funerals and road safety in Ghana

The celebration of newly commissioned roads in the country has gradually become a norm, particularly in the small towns and rural communities. Its main competitor, perhaps, is the celebration of newly appointed ministers and district chief executives. No road is commissioned without a celebration of a sort. For some, the …

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Fostering financial inclusion with mobile banking in Africa

The annual growth rates of mobile phone penetration in the developing world have ranged between 30% and 50% or higher, and penetration has been rapidly increasing. In Africa, mobile phone penetration has exploded during the last ten years. Between 1998 and 2009, Africa witnessed an increase from 0.53 per 100 …

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Women empowerment in ICT: A step towards development

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provides enormous opportunities and avenues for national development. Women in particular are not supposed to use ICT for marketing and advertising alone, but to use the technology for information gathering and sharing of knowledge. There is, therefore, the need for the country to adequately train …

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Six months maternity leave is a must

Many educated women today will scowl at the idea that “a woman’s place or office is the kitchen”. In fact there has been vigorous campaigns that aims at erasing that notion to replace it with “what a man can do a woman can do even better”. The world’s attention is …

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As Ghana considers coal-fired energy plant – Some issues

Ghana has an energy crisis. Electricity is being rationed, homes and businesses can’t have sufficient electricity and some are racking up extra costs in finding alternative energy sources by themselves. The government has been talking about increasing the country’s current power sources from the current 2,125MW to 5000MW by 2016. …

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Acting to end violence against women

Last year, as rebels captured the main towns in Northern Mali, UN Women registered a sudden and dramatic increase of rapes in the first week of the takeover of Gao and Kidal, in places where most women never report this violence to anyone, not even health practitioners. We heard stories …

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Ghana’s oil exploration: The love and hate relationship

Light crude oil popularly known as “black gold” is a precious commodity that brings a lot of hope and high expectation of economic prosperity for most countries that discover it. Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities Offshore West Tano block and West of Cape Three Points in the Western Region, …

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Microfinance companies and poverty reduction: The Koforidua experience

Poverty has always been a part of the world; even in the developed world where it is assumed that everyone is well-to-do, some of the people find themselves living on the streets due to poverty. The under-developed countries, which find themselves in all kinds of economic crisis, have nothing to …

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UK politicians united on visa bond, disagree on final amount

The importance and economic value of immigrants to most developing countries cannot be overemphasized. So also is their positive impact on developed countries. Remittances from immigrants make up a large part of the economy of most developing countries, in some cases outstripping development assistance. According to the UK Border Agency …

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The tale of two Republics – Ghana and USA

Ghana and the United States of America in recent times have some common interesting characteristics on their governance calendar.  Both countries have Republican system of government and go to the polls every four years, close to the end of the same year, to elect a President. They both inaugurate their …

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