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Some other perspectives on the cost of living crisis

It appears that a consensus is being reached that although external developments and governmental policies may be chiefly to blame, a lot of the hardship in Ghana is also due to the greed of some traders and businesses – which has ripple effects. Yet Ghana is always described as a deeply religious country.Who would have thought that so many of ...

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Social impact assessment of sand mining

The growth of indiscriminate sand mining has led to the destruction of the natural environment, especially farmlands and water bodies. The population in Ghana has continued to grow almost fivefold since the first post-independence census in 1960 (2021 Population and Housing Census|). It has led to an increase in the demand for housing, hence construction materials like sand. The effect ...

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The politics of galamsey from a political marketing perspective

Illegal mining (Galamsey) is not only one of the greatest existential threats to our country but also the presence of foreigners in that enterprise gravely insults our dignity and conscience as citizens in a sovereign nation. The questions that most Ghanaians keep asking are: Is the political class complicit and does the class hold the solution to this problem? In ...

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Increasing Women’s Participation: Elections Vrs. Legislation

Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to legislate an Affirmative Action Act in the early 60s which facilitated the entry of women members to the 114-member legislature to represent the regions of the country. Since then, the nation has made various commitments by signing global declarations and protocols that call for increased women’s participation and representation in ...

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Will Controversial e-levy Slow Down Online Betting Rates in Ghana?

The Electronic Transfer Levy, or e-levy as it is more popularly known, maybe a few months old, but the controversies surrounding the law do not look like going away anytime soon. This law was always going to be very contentious. Even before it was passed, it was a source of constant debate amongst members of the Ghanaian parliament, with one ...

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COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health and Ghana’s Emergency Response

The corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental health and well-being throughout the world, raising public concerns about increasing suicide rates. World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the COVID’s impact on the world’s mental health as “just the tip of the iceberg,” and said this was a wake-up call ...

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When political power means moral weakness

This weekend an Algerian was sent back from Guantanamo to Algeria. For 20 years he was imprisoned without a court order or judgement in any court of this world. He was one of around 800 prisoners in Guantanamo on the island of Cuba. A few years back two of the Guantanamo prisoners were forced onto Ghana and former President John ...

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Escaping forced marriage, Burkina Faso girls find refuge in education

The thought of spending her life with a man she had never met was too much for Marie. She was not even present when her family arranged for her to marry a stranger from a nearby village in northern Burkina Faso, and was never consulted about the union. Desperate, the 20-year-old slipped out of her family home one-night last month ...

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Ghana’s Affirmative Action Bill needs to be passed before the year 2023

Government Elections to elect members to serve in the District Assemblies, next year, 2023. Without an Affirmative Action Law in place, this Election will yet again, reinforce the existing low representation of women in Ghana’s Local Governance system. Women’s representation in all policy-making spaces in Ghana stands below the United Nations (UN) threshold of 30%. Currently, women’s representation in the ...

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Arrest of journalists: Is Criminal Libel Law alive? – Law experts share their thoughts

In the past few weeks, there have been some arrests of persons including journalists for the publication of false news. Within a period of two months, the Ghana Police Service has arrested and charged four Ghanaians for publication of false news and offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace under Sections 207 and 208 of the Criminal Offences Act, ...

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