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Enhancing women’s effective inclusion in elections 2020

On Monday, December 7, 2020, Ghana will hold the eighth presidential and parliamentary elections since the advent of democratic rule in 1992. Elections are among the most political institutions and voting gives majority of citizens the opportunity of voice. However, as central element of democracy, elections must be inclusive where all those eligible have the opportunity to vote as well ...

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Tackling Climate Change to consolidate gains in Ghana’s Cocoa Sector

In Ghana, Cocoa has historically been a key cash crop and a major source of export and financial earnings. The cocoa industry has played a crucial role in the economic development of the country by contributing significantly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Cocoa sector is one of the critical sectors of the Ghanaian economy and source of livelihood ...

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Illicit financial flows cost Africa billions of dollars – Global Tax Justice Network

A new study conducted by a network of NGOs, including the Global Tax Justice Alliance, revealed that Tax evasion costs Africa more than $25 billion a year. As African countries are grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, tax evasion is considered “unacceptable”, as it reduces revenues that could be spent on citizens’ health. Twenty-three billion dollars is the estimated amount that ...

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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out. The first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week, Health Secretary ...

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Commonwealth sends team to observe Ghana elections

The Commonwealth has deployed a team of election observers to Ghana to keep watch during the country’s General Election slated for Monday next week. The Commonwealth Observer Group is made up of politicians, diplomats and experts in law, human rights, gender and election administration from across member countries. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said the group was constituted following an invitation ...

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Government should depoliticise scholarships – Education Watch

The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare has asked the government to depoliticize the scholarship scheme. He claimed that most deserving students are unable to access the scheme due to politicisation of the programme. In a statement, Mr Asante explained that the minimum cost of scholarship for a needy but brilliant tertiary students is GH¢4,000/year: 2,500 for academic ...

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The three Black women to serve on Biden’s all-women communications team

Joe Biden’s campaign promise was to assemble a diverse cabinet that “looked like America“. On Sunday, the president-elect announced an all-female communications staff including three Black women who will be the voice of his administration. This will be the first time in history that a president’s communications team will be made up of only women, according to the Washington Post. ...

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Natural Gas to Transform Africa

Africa has already made an indelible mark in the oil industry. It is home to four of the world’s top 20 crude oil producers — Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, and Libya — and these same four countries also have some of the largest oil reserves in the world. So far, it hasn’t made quite as much of a splash in the ...

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Cocoa Barometer 2020 demands system change to end cocoa poverty

After two decades of failed interventions across the cocoa sector, cocoa farming communities are still battling the effects of poverty, child labour and deforestation. The 2020 Cocoa Barometer report published this week is a rallying call to action: it outlines the necessary steps governments and industry should take, together with farmers and civic society organisations, to end deforestation and human ...

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Election 2020: New survey projects runoff

A new survey has projected that next week’s presidential and Parliamentary polls will go into a second round. According to the research by Governance Research Bureau, non of the two leading parties can secure enough votes to win at ago. “Based on its analysis of EC certified results since 1992 and the 2020 voters register, the Bureau estimates that the ...

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