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Education is a useful tool against child labour

In spite of its definition, a lot of people, particularly from this part of the world still believe that what is termed ‘Child Labour’ is too ambiguous and cannot be used. Child Labour is defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as work that is detrimental to the education, health, …

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Pattern of drug utilization for treatment of uncomplicated malaria in Ghana

Change of first-line treatment of uncomplicated malaria to artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) is widespread in Africa. To expand knowledge of safety profilesof ACT, pharmacovigilance activities are included in the implementation process of therapy changes. Ghana implemented first-line therapy of artesunate-amodiaquine in 2005. Drug utilization data is an important component of determining …

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The FT: Election boosts Ghana’s success story

Ghana, where the opposition won a razor-thin presidential election victory at the weekend, has delivered the kind of democratic success story that many nations have found hard to achieve, whether in Africa or beyond. At a time when scenes of violence and intimidation have played prominently in the imagery surrounding …

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Food security for future thought

At the Tallberg Forum, Sweden, I heard two women farmers from Ghana lament, “The food we produce we do not eat, the food we eat we do not produce.” Would India’s farmers sing a different sorrow? According to the latest FAO report, the number of hungry people worldwide increased from …

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African unity is necessary for continent’s economic growth – Wolfensohn

The former President of the World Bank, Sir. James Wolfensohn has asked African countries to unite, because it is the only way the continent can achieve economic growth. He said the diversity of the continent of 53 countries puts Africa at a disadvantaged position when the continent has to negotiate …

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Ghana and the global financial challenges of 2009

The year 2009 is going to be a very challenging one for most developing countries including Ghana. Ghana like most of the developing world, is linked to the fortunes of the developed economy and any economic crisis that the developed world will go through is likely to affect both the …

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Virginity pledges not kept – study shows

As many as one in eight teens in the United States may take a virginity pledge at some point, vowing to wait until they’re married before having sex. But do such pledges work? Are pledge takers more likely than other teens to delay sexual activity? A new study looked at …

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Risk management in financial markets

There is a common adage in finance that “risk and return are proportionate”. Well-diversified portfolio protects investments from the downside risk and this follows the principle that diversification reduces risk which is true at least for the lovers of Means-Variance Analysis (MVA). Hedge funds, nonetheless, often make this risk-return efficiency …

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Africa’s women: Farming to feed the continent

Like many African women, Mazoe Gondwe is her family’s main food provider. Lately, she has struggled to farm her plot in Malawi due to unpredictable rains that are making her hard life even tougher. “Now we can’t just depend on rain-fed agriculture, so we plant two crops – one watered …

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Ghana: A country overview

Ghana will hold a run-off vote on Sunday December 28, 2008 to decide who will be president of Africa’s newest emerging oil producer, already a magnet of investor interest. The deciding ballot pits Nana Akufo-Addo, of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), against the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s John …

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