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Mobile money vendors: Who is protecting them?

Unemployment has been with us for years and when in 2009 telecommunications giant, MTN introduced Mobile Money services it was welcomed and hailed by many and the reason was obvious; it was an opportunity to take advantage of the rising unemployment situation, growing number of the unbanked population and massive …

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My Child should die first – Special Mum

The voice on the other side of the phone sounded frantic, she said “Madam I saw your website…I have a child with cerebral palsy so I am calling for help.” I smiled to myself and went ahead to tell her what the Special Mothers Project does, so I explained that …

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The need to protect Women’s Rights Online in Ghana

The United Nations recently made gender-equitable access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set the global development agenda until 2030.  In adopting the SDGs, all countries have pledged to prioritise universal Internet access, and to use ICTs to empower women.  However, much …

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The 100 days of free maternal mortality campaign

Three years ago, Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service in collaboration with development partners put together an initiative called the Millennium Development Goals Acceleration Framework (MAF). It was to re-double efforts to overcome bottlenecks in implementing interventions that had proven to work in reducing the maternal mortality ratio in …

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Suffering punishment for no wrongdoing

I had not the slightest inkling about the danger that awaited me, as I left my Atonsu Kuwait residence to Amakom. The Grace Baptist Church at Amakom, Kumasi, where I worship, was organizing a clean-up exercise and I was eager to be part of that.      The day was Saturday, …

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Ghana’s Commodity Exchange – How far?

In June 2015, the former President, John Mahama launched the Ghana Commodities Exchange (GCX) project with the aim of transforming the country’s agriculture. The project was expected to become operational by 2016 with the establishment of the state-of-the-art, transparent and professional market institutions with the view of moving agriculture from …

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Clean Cooking system can work in Ghana

The thick black walls, the hailing smoke that meander into the skies through the kitchen roof, emanating from traditional tripod, announcing the day’s preparation of meals is no longer winning hearts. This is due to growing concerns of exploitation of fuel wood for cooking and the attendant effects on the environment. …

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Investing in Africa’s next stage of growth

There are many ways to measure development in a region, a country or even a continent. Freedom, prosperity, health and stability are all pillars of progress, and opportunity is the foundation. But this week as I return to Africa for the first time in ten years, I am reminded that …

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Death in the frying pan

In the 21st century one would have expected more improvement in the appreciation of health our needs. Unfortunately a wide gulf of ignorance still surrounds humanity leading to untimely deaths. And when this is placed besides the poverty situation of African countries and other developing countries the world over, the …

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Harnessing demographic dividend of Ghana requires collective efforts

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Ghana launched the African Union’s Demographic Dividend Roadmap and Strategic Plan to harness the youthful human resource of the country to engender socio-economic development and ensure prosperity for all. This followed an earlier programme launch on January 30, 2017, at the African Union’s 28th Ordinary …

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