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Week 20: Interrogating the manifestos: focus on power and the energy 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 19: Interrogating the manifestos: trade and industrialization

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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 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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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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