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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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Africa: In search of Brazilian economic miracle

During the second half of 2011, relations between Africa and Brazil continued to flourish as part of the historic trade, cultural and economic rapprochement of the two economic juggernauts. Specifically, African governments asked for more financing from the South American country to implement development projects, according to Brazil’s National Bank …

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Are emerging markets leading the way in job creation?

With a few exceptions, industrialized nations are still struggling with unemployment, unable to recover completely from the 2008 economic crisis. In the U.S. things seem to be improving as the unemployment rate fell in January to 8.3 percent, its lowest level since early 2009, according to the U.S. Department of …

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Ghana’s bellyful of scandal

Usually in Ghana when there is an Africa Cup of Nations football competition going on, everybody concentrates their attention on the national team, the Black Stars. This time around you would not have thought there were things going on in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon that required our concerted attention. We …

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MCC Ghana compact: Racing to the finish line

As the Ghana Compact closeout date rushes toward us—less than a week remains to finish the ambitious set of projects we put in motion five years ago—I was honored that seven members of Congress visited West Africa to inspect the progress and impact of the compact, as well as the …

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Light at the end of the tunnel: Eliminating the menace of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Though much of the world has never heard of diseases like lymphatic filariasis or schistosomiasis, these and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a daily reality for many living in Africa and across the world. These terrible diseases affect more than one billion people worldwide, disabling, disfiguring and blinding their …

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The politics of credit ratings

One of the best put-down lines I have heard in a long time came from a young man during a discussion about Nigeria’s fuel subsidy and the demonstrations that followed its withdrawal. A panel of four was debating the subject on one of the Nigerian television stations. Tempers were raised …

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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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