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Why are coups making a comeback in Africa?

In just over a year, Africa has experienced three successful coups (two in Mali and one more recently in Guinea), one unsuccessful coup attempt in Niger, and an arbitrary military transfer of power in Chad following the assassination of its president. These power grabs threaten a reversal of the democratization process Africa has undergone in the past two decades and ...

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How Africa can seize the moment and start resetting its relationship with the IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will inject US$650 billion in Special Drawing Rights into the global economy. It will allocate them among its member states, which can then decide for themselves how they want to use their Special Drawing Rights. This injection, which will take place on 23 August 2021, is more than double the total number of Special Drawing Rights the IMF has ...

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2021 WASSCE: ADVICE TO WAEC AND CANDIDATES

Once again, another examination is here with us and all candidates offering Visual Arts begun their West African Senior School Certificate Examination last Monday, August 16, 2020; by sitting for the practical paper in Ceramics and Basketry. The die is cast, and the candidates are expected to give good account of their 3-year stay in the classroom. In the 2020 ...

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Drawing Further Apart: Widening Gaps in the Global Recovery

The global economic recovery continues, but with a widening gap between advanced economies and many emerging markets and developing economies. Our latest global growth forecast of 6 percent for 2021 is unchanged from the previous outlook, but the composition has changed. The recovery is not assured until the pandemic is beaten back globally. Growth prospects for advanced economies this year have improved ...

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Could climate finance power Africa’s energy needs?

Think of how food ends up on your table. Your local farmer uses various tools including a tiny mobile phone to make that happen. But if there’s not sustainable energy, humanity might be doomed right? It’s a clear example of what could happen without the needed investment in Africa’s energy needs. Climate financing is on the rise to tackle these ...

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Time to Increase tax and oil revenue allocations to health sector to improve Primary Health Care

It is sometimes the case that individuals who are being assisted to carry a load, forget themselves and in the process leave the burden to the helper. Anyone who has taken time to analyse the health sector’s portion of the national budget at least for the past five years will find this unfortunate situation with the Government of Ghana (GoG). ...

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Climate Change and Effects on Financial Stability: The role of Ghana’s financial industry

In November 2019, the Bank of Ghana launched The Ghana Sustainable Banking Principles and the Sector Guidance Notes. The regulator launched these principles in line with best practices from the globally recognised Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) frameworks, such as the IFC Performance Standards, the United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) and the Equator Principles ...

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Ghana operating quantity education over quality education

Free things they say are very costly. With whatever lens you might be waring now, you cannot miss noticing we are slowly paying dearly for the option of free Education. Hey, do not get me wrong! Free Education is one of the best offers any government can offer her citizenry; however, in our case, we probably rushed into enforcing it; ...

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Rules, Rights and Rastafarians

Over the last week or so, many opinions have been expressed about Achimota School’s decision to prevent two Rastafarian high school students from attending classes due to their dreadlocks. Though this is not the first time in Ghana that children with dreadlocks have been told to cut them off to be permitted to attend school, it is the first such ...

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Ten years on, Libyan revolutionaries live with wounds and unfulfilled dreams

As revolution swept their region in 2011, three young Libyans joined mass protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule. They now live divided by Libya’s frontlines, their futures irrevocably shaped by the uprising. The first demonstrations against Gaddafi’s rule began in the eastern city of Benghazi on Feb. 17, 2011. A decade on, Libya is still split between rival factions, and ...

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