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Week 18: Interrogating the manifestos: focus on financial sector and the economy

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BackgroundPolitical election manifestos are public declarations of policies and aims of political parties wanting to rule a nation. Given that a manifesto is a social contract that plays a key role in modern democracy and development, we put available manifestos in their place going into election 2020 of Ghana. It is important to note that …

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Week 16: Interrogating the manifestos: focus on the health sector

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BackgroundPolitical election manifestos are public declarations of policies and aims of political parties wanting to rule a nation. Given that a manifesto is a social contract that plays a key role in modern democracy and development, we put available manifestos in their place going into election 2020 of Ghana. It is important to note that …

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Week 15: Interrogating the manifestos: focus on education

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BackgroundPolitical election manifestos are public declarations of policies and aims of political parties wanting to rule a nation. Given that a manifesto is a social contract that plays a key role in modern democracy and development, we put available manifestos in their place going into election 2020 of Ghana. It is important to note that …

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The agony of Nigeria: food crisis in a deadly pandemic? Haruna Gado

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Nigeria, the most populous Nation in Africa, and coincidentally, the largest economy on the continent. With an estimated population of 207,110,363 as of Saturday, September 12, 2020, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data, the country has the largest market and labour supplies in Africa. With a great potential in agriculture and …

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Week 14: Could artisanal and small-scale mining be the future of Ghana’s mining sector?

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Artisanal small scale mining (ASM) remains a valuable source of global mineral supply. In Ghana, most of the people engaged in ASM do so for livelihood and the sector could be a poverty alleviation tool in many mining communities in the country. ASM in Ghana remains largely unregulated and many past governments had instituted military …

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Week 13: Is mineral mining in Africa a blessing or curse?

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BackgroundThe African region is home to plenty of natural resources such as metals (incl. gold, bauxite, copper, zinc, etc.), mineral fuels (inc. coal and uranium), industrial minerals (incl. diamond and phosphate rock) and oil. In most African countries, the extractive or mining industry is a major contributor to the nations GDP and a key driver …

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Civil Society Organizations and Government Relationship in Ghana: What Is the Way Forward?

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The tenet of good governance anywhere in the world is to ensure good quality livelihood for the citizenry. It is for this reason that constitutions revolve on the power of ‘WE THE PEOPLE’. The people give power to organized few, herein, political leadership to execute the developmental strategies on behalf of the people. This is …

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Agyapa: Is there an Alternative? Dr. Kenneth Bansah

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For some days now, both traditional and social media have been inundated with comments for and against a deal purported to handle or manage mineral royalties that will be accrued from the extraction of Ghana’s God-given natural resources which over centuries have not significantly benefited the people of the country and lifted mining communities out …

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Week 12: Agricultural innovation in Africa: a vital tool to transforming the agricultural sector

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BackgroundAccording to the FAO (see http://www.fao.org/innovation/en/), “agricultural innovation is the process whereby individuals or organizations bring new or existing products, processes or ways of organization into use for the first time in a specific context, to increase effectiveness, competitiveness and resilience with the goal of solving a problem”. Generally speaking, agricultural innovation is broader than …

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