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Who will be Africa’s Brazil?

Travel around Africa these days and you’ll feel a sense of expectation, a sense that prosperity is just around the corner. High prices for — and new discoveries of — oil, gas and minerals are turning much of the continent into one giant boom town. Investors are snapping up assets …

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Momentum for collective action to protect oceanic ecosystems in West Africa

A little over a year ago, on February 22, 2011, representatives of donor agencies met at the local office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Dakar, Senegal to discuss progress on common efforts to curb illegal fishing along the West African coast and maximize revenues for the national …

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Taking another look at mobile SIM registration in Ghana

SIM registration is not a time-bound exercise as we sometimes make it look like; it is an ongoing unending process.  Everyone who buys a SIM card is still required by law to register using any of the five legally mandated ID cards – passport, driver license, voter ID, National Health …

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To invest in Africa’s future, finish the fight against AIDS – UNAIDS Boss

Africa is breaking records. Its economy is growing at around 6% annually, comparable with many of the new emerging economies. Lack of roads is no longer a barrier to information — mobile phones are the new drumbeat. Democracy is becoming firmly entrenched. More children are in school, especially girls, than …

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Krobo beads – attracting tourists to Ghana

Just like diamonds in Western culture, beads are a Krobo girl’s best friend. Throughout her life, custom requires that a Krobo woman’s waist be adorned with the pretty little gems. But more than that, beads from the area have appealed to people of different backgrounds. Today, the loveliness of the …

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Biometric registration – Nigeria’s experience, Ghana’s attempt

Ghana joins fellow African countries – Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Nigeria in the use of a Biometric Voters’ Register for its general elections, when from Saturday, March 24, 2012 to May 5, 2012 the country conducts registration of an envisaged 12 million eligible voters. And it is not …

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Is mobile technology over-hyped?

At an event at the New America Foundation in DC  and in a recent article in Slate, Sascha Meinrath and Jamie Zimmerman argue that mobile technology in general and mobile money in particular have been overhyped as game-changing tools for the poor. They claim that mobile technology “creates a greater …

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Women’s Day: A time for concern, not complacency

As we mark International Women’s Day this week, let’s not be complacent. Over the past century, we have come a long way in increasing women’s voice, participation, and agency in societies around the world. Unfortunately, as the effects of the financial crisis continue to be felt and other political developments …

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Is the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission dream on course?

“In this age of science and technology, and in this age of atomic revolution, neither Ghana nor Africa can afford to lag behind nations or ignore scientific developments of our time. Indeed, we start with certain definite advantages over many nations, which have preceded us in the scientific revolution. “We …

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Dirty money: Let’s talk about risks and results

The Financial Action Task Force on money laundering (FATF), approved a revision to its 40+9 Recommendations on the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) with the release of a new set of 40 Recommendations. These revised recommendations introduce some very fundamental changes, some of them critical …

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