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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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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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Week 11: Transforming the agricultural sector in Africa

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BackgroundAccording to the World Bank, 59% of Africa’s 1.216 billion people live in rural areas and more than 80% earn their living in Agriculture. Therefore, to develop and transform the rural area, agriculture remains the starting point and the driving force. However, the agricultural sector in Africa is confronted with numerous challenges such as inadequate …

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Week 10: Corruption in Africa: the missing paradigms

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BackgroundOne of the major challenges to achieving a better society in Africa is corruption. Corruption can be referred to as practices such as bribery, facilitation payment, nepotism and favoritism. In Africa, corruption can have different causes and consequences. The key aim of this episode is to facilitate the interactions and reflections upon three issues: (1) …

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Week 9: Breaking the political party duopoly in Ghana

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BackgroundDespite the active participation of a number of political parties and independent candidates in both the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana since 1992, two main political parties, the NDC and the NPP have dominated the fourth republic. Over the last two decades, there is an increasing decline of a third force in Ghana’s political …

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Week 8: Youth unemployment in Africa, consequences and solutions

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BackgroundAccording to the United Nations population division, Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s youngest population with more than 60% under the age of 25 with high number of the youth unemployed or underemployed. Moreover, the International Labour Organisation suggests that the youth population in Africa will continue to grow, with an estimated increase of 45% of …

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Week 7: Religion and development in Africa

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BackgroundIn Africa, most people engage in somewhat a religious activity from time to time. Despite its neglect in the development discourse, religion plays a key role in economic and social development processes. In most African societies, religious beliefs significantly influence institutions that govern relationships between individuals or groups, and hence either hinder or promote sustainable …

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Week 5: How do we promote credible manifestos for nation development?

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BackgroundThe use of party manifestos for governing a nation has become a world culture and a global institutionalization. Though manifestos may not necessarily be binding, they are official documents and sometimes oral policies that must be fulfilled by a ruling party to avoid being punished by voters in the next election. Hence, it is important …

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