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COVID-19 could see over 200 million more pushed into extreme poverty, new UN development report finds

An additional 207 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030, due to the severe longterm impact of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total number to more than a billion, a new study from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has found.  According to the study, released on Thursday, such a “high damage” scenario would mean a protracted recovery from COVID-19, anticipating that 80 ...

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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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LEG organises forum on sustainable management of Ghana’s forest resources

Livelihood and Environment Ghana (LEG) an environmental, social and human rights not-for-profit and non-governmental organization in collaboration with the Forestry Services Division Nkawie District and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) organized awareness raising forum on sustainable management of Ghana’s forest resources. The forum was held at Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. ...

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African Dev’t Bank, partners, agree to strengthen commitment to gender equality

Under the theme “Development Banks as Actors for Change towards Gender Equality,” the African Development Bank’s Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society, Vanessa Moungar, joined high-level representatives from global financial institutions, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and UN Women in signing a joint declaration on gender equality to strengthen their commitment at all levels. The declaration was one highlight of ...

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Central Regional Education office holds workshop for Assistant Headmasters

In a bid to ensure improvement in school management at the pre-tertiary education level, the Central Regional Office of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has organized a 2-day capacity building workshop for assistant heads in Senior High Schools (SHS) and Senior High Technical Schools (SHTS) in the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana. The workshop was attended by assistant ...

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Atewa Forest Bauxite Mining In Limbo, IUCN Passes Resolution to Halt Destruction

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that, its members have voted overwhelmingly to adopt Motion 103 calling for ‘Urgent measures to safeguard the globally important Atewa Forest, Ghana’. The Ghana government through the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC) is determine to mine a bauxite in the Atewa Forest as part of a massive $2 billion infrastructure ...

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Women leaders ‘essential to peace and progress for all’

Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even “worse for women in conflict areas”. “In war zones and everywhere in the world”, individuals are “calling for inclusion and representation, which is one of the ...

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Mental Health for All through Increased Investment and Access

Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Mental Health as “A state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution(s) to his or her community”.  Mental health can also be said to be the level of psychological well-being ...

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A call for the passage of an Affirmative Action Law in Ghana

Madam Cynthia Maamle Morrison

The Affirmative Action Bill is among the outstanding listed Bills by Parliament for consideration and we expect that this exercise would be undertaken before the dissolution of the 7th Parliament. To this end, ABANTU for Development and PLAN International need to reiterate the urgent need for the Bill to be passed into Law. An Affirmative Action Law presents itself as ...

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CHRI pushes for women’s rights and economic empowerment

A section of women in Business and Head porters in Accra have benefited from a capacity building training meant to improve their administrative management skills and opportunities available toimprove their economic status. The workshop brought together participants from the Nima Market, Mallam Atta market, Agbobloshie market,Newtown market, fish mongers, the Greater Accra Market Associations among other interest groups. It was ...

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