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Pursuing more growth, less poverty and hunger in an uncertain world

The drive to overcome extreme poverty and hunger, the objective of MDG 1, has been at the heart of global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals since their adoption a decade ago.  Up until the food, fuel, and financial crises in the last two years, developing countries were making …

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Poor remuneration for Ghana’s journalists- A bane to press freedom and ethical standards

To many in the ink fraternity, 21st August 2010, would go into the history books as one memorable night, especially for the 30 institution and individual Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) award winners. It was a night of music and dancing that lured the Vice President John Dramani Mahama, the Special …

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World Food Day should locate the rural poor farmer

Asi Nye, an Ada tomato farmer, stands dog-tired in the hot afternoon sun on her farm with her coveted hoe and cutlass. At 16, her educational career came to an end and so she begun tilling her own farm to supplement the food needs of her family. Ada is a …

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Easing traffic congestion on the Accra – Kasoa Road

The traffic congestion on the Accra-Kasoa road is so stressful that the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) must do something about it immediately to prevent the premature death of the users of that road. This Writer had heard about the nerve-wracking experience that commuters between Accra and Kasoa went through daily …

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Dying of thirst – Challenges of accessing clean water

Badukrom is a small village in the tropical rain-forest of the Western Region of Ghana, close to the popular mining town of Tarkwa. One of its major challenges is that it has only one borehole serving the entire community numbering a few hundreds and when it breaks down those fortunate …

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Why toilets?

Like the name of the dead or a very powerful and dreaded deity, it is not mentioned often, and even when it is, certainly not in public. Just the mention of toilets brings a grimace to the face of many and a disapproving look of disgust. It is also considered …

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Is Ghana becoming a lawless state?

I first wrote this article in 2007 and published it elsewhere. As it appears the circumstances that made me write on the matter are not getting better, I have decided to republish here. The American Jurist, Roscoe Pound, defines law as “social control through the systematic application of the force …

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Highlife music then and now

When it first hit the shores of West Africa in the early part of last century, principally in the then Gold Coast, and to some degree Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the only name they could come up with for it was a descriptive one: HIGHLIFE. A fusion of indigenous dance …

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Five things that make you happy

The pursuit of happiness is sometimes easier said than done. Some scientists have argued that happiness is largely determined by genetics, health and other factors mostly outside of our control. But recent research suggests people actually can take charge of their own happiness and boost it through certain practices. “The …

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