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Statistics, development and the future of Africa

Statistics does not seem to feature very much in Africa’s socio-economic development agenda, despite its importance and the fact that the use of good quality data has the ability to impact on development outcomes. Public sector institutions in most African countries do not keep good records and often statistical institutions …

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The Science of optimisation and sustainability of elections – credibility of biometric technology

Some African countries are adopting biometric voter identification techniques to combat fraud, protect data, manage complex political processes, boost security, boost voter confidence as well as to curb overspending. South Africa-based African Biometric Society has forecast that the use of the technology would grow at a compound annual growth rate …

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Boosting intra-African trade: What role for external trade regime?

African Head of States and Governments will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia later this month to launch a continent-wide free trade agreement (CFTA). The summit will focus on solutions to the numerous impediments that hinder intra-African trade: inefficient transit regimes and border crossings procedures for goods, services and people; poor …

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After holidays, a time to reflect on the state of food in Africa

As we gather in kitchens and dining rooms during this season of eating and charity, let us pause for a moment to review the state of food trade in Africa: how does cross-border commerce in key crops fare on a continent with pockets of harsh weather and unpredictable politics? How …

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Ajara deserves top SWAG award not Ayew or Afful

If my memory serves me right, Ajara Mohammed would be the first physically challenged person nominated for the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) 2011 Personality of the Year in recent years unless otherwise. SWAG today January 3, 2012 announced that its prestigious or top award will be competed for …

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Year ends, CAN 2012 draws near

In a few days time the new year 2012 will be here and the much-awaited 28th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations will take center stage during the month of January leading up to the 12th of February when new African champions will be crowned.  The tournament has …

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Is education really the answer to child labour?

As you walk from the Kpong lorry park to the Volta lakeside, you are greeted by the bad nature of the road network that leads to the arena where fisher folks dock to sell fish, mainly Tilapia. But nothing compares to walking along the lake at about 3:00 pm and …

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Forum discusses road map for repositioning family planning in Ghana

The Lack of political will,   the desire of communities to increase their population to meet requirements for the creation of districts and  lack of donor interest in funding family planning have militated against family planning education campaign in Ghana. These were identified by stakeholders at a meeting on Thursday to …

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