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Week 4: Politics and Elections in Africa: Democracy or ‘Monecracy’?

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BackgroundIn the global democratic system, the financing of politics or political campaigns has received huge attention. This is because, political financing is critical for a proper functioning of democracy. In Africa for example, the monetization of electoral politics and increasing vote buying poses serious threat to our democracy.In this episode, our discussion focuses on how …

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Week 3: Coping with COVID-19 and a future pandemic

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In the last two decades, the world has battled a number of global pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, H5N1, MERS, Ebola, Zika and the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As we speak, the COVID-19 continues to disrupt every aspect of our socio-economic living and raises questions about how prepared governments and society are to address a prolonged …

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Week 2: Health care system response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana

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COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has tested the strenght of the health systems of even the most developed economies. Most nations including Ghana are struggling to contain the spread of the virus. As of 15 June, Ghana had recorded 11, 964 comfirmed cases of Covid-19, 54 deaths and 4,258 recovered out of …

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Week 1: Is tribalism the cause of our political problems in Ghana?

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The recent protests in U.S. and around the world as a result of the sad murder of George Floyd has sparked a global discussion on different forms of discrimination regarding race, tribe, religion, age, sex and education. All forms of discrimination are a global problem, in particular, ‘political tribalism’ that remains alive and well in …

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Parliamentary elections in Ghana: power of the money by the money and for the money? Haruna Gado

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Parliament as a functional arm of government has four (4) main functions: legislation (making laws), representation (acting on behalf of voters and citizens), scrutiny (examining the government), and formation of government (in parliamentary democracies). These functions are so important that parliamentarians are usually sworn into office before the president or prime minister. This is to …

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When is Ghana attaining economic ‘uhuru’? Haruna Gado

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After six decades of political ‘Uhuru’, Ghana is still operating the unproductive economic structure, which has been accepted by experts in developmental economics as the Guggisberg Economy. This form of economic structure is mainly driven by raw materials exportation, and largely flooded with imported goods, which with seriousness and will power could be produced local. …

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Health care system response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana

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Since the declaration of the pandemic, the novel coronavirus, Covid-19 by the World Health Organization last March, the government of Ghana has taken several legislative, executive and policy measures to combat the disease (Ministry of Health, 2020; Ghanaweb 2020). Measures have included regular updates by the Ministry of information, presidential addresses in televised broadcasts, border …

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Political tribalism and the way forward in Africa

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There is not a standard working definition of ‘political tribalism’ as it is an emerging term; however, we can disintegrate the two terms involved to understand the phenomenon. As Aristotle puts it, all humans are political animals because either we govern or we are part of a system governed, and we all belong (ed) to …

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Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, He Was a Messiah| AK Mensah

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“…The Oracles said Kwame Nkrumah was a devil…” Suleimana Yeremiah, former detainee under Nkrumah’s regime. So I had been observing the media space recently and one debate had now been whether Dr. Kwame Nkrumah founded Ghana or he did not. To others, Kwame Nkrumah was dictator, a devil, a one-party state declarer, he broke away …

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A better society for all is non-negotiable| Haruna Gado

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The existence of human in this world can only be considered fulfilled when there is fairness or equity within the social setting or ecosystem. Anything, deliberately or otherwise which can disrupt equitable sharing of resources, may lead to oppression, segregation and unhealthy creation of social classes. Yes, it is understandable that, by nature, social classes …

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