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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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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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