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Africa’s efficiency in Agric now worse than colonial era – Historian

Professor of history at Havard University, Emmanuel Akyeampong

A Professor of history at the Harvard University, Emmanuel Akyeampong, has warned that Africa’s quest for development will fail unless the continent learns to adequately feed itself first. Speaking to the press after his Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial lecture at the University of Ghana, Prof. Akyeampong bemoaned Africa’s dependence on food aid from the West and China when it has vast arable ...

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‘Twice as many die’ in Africa after surgery

Patients undergoing surgery in Africa are more than twice as likely to die following an operation than the global average, researchers say. But they say the most worrying revelation was just how few Africans have access to elective surgery – surgery that is scheduled in advance. The number of these operations is 20 times lower than the demand, the study ...

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A Ghana beyond aid will restore our dignity – Ofori Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, has said it is imperative that Ghana attains financial independence from foreign donors for the sake of its dignity. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country on the continent to gain independence in 1957, and has often served as a leading voice on matters affecting other nations. According to Ken Ofori-Atta, given the country’s place in the ...

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Develop youth to ensure success of SDGs – Chambas

The special representative of the UN Secretary General in West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has said the overall success of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) depends on youth motivation and engagement. Dr. Ibin Chambas said this when he spoke on Wednesday at the inaugural UPSA Annual Leadership Lecture in Accra, organized by the University. He said ...

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Manage Africa’s population to stop economic meltdown – Chambas

The representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has urged African leaders to place a lot more focus on the management of the rate of increase in the population of their countries as it could negatively affect their economic growth. According to Dr. Ibn Chambas, despite the potential of a large ...

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Ibn Chambas’ speech on Africa’s challenges at UPSA Leadership Lecture[Full Text]

The representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, on Wednesday, November 15, delivered a thought-provoking address at the inaugural UPSA Annual Leadership Lecture in Accra. The  lecture by the University of Professional Studies, was on the theme “Equipping the youth to renegotiate Africa’s position in the era of Africa Rising.” Among other ...

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Era of coups fading out in Africa – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has observed that the era of coup d’états is gradually fading away in Africa. This according to him can largely be attributed to the acceptance of democracy in most of the countries within the continent. “In Africa, the era of military coups seems to be fading into distant memory with the upsurge of democratically-elected leaders,” he ...

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Tackling energy poverty in sub-saharan Africa: Introduction

An attempt is being made here to draw the attention of policy makers, energy-stakeholders, academia, news-media and the general public primarily in Ghana, and by extension to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), about abject energy poverty, and how this condition could be alleviated. Let’s make it clear from the onset that in our discussions pertaining to energy poverty in SSA, South Africa ...

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Andela raises $40m to connect Africa’s engineering talent

African tech platform Andela, has announced that it has secured $40 million in Series C funding. This investment is led by CRE Venture Capital with participation from DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce and TLcom Capital, with some investors like Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, and Spark Capital. Andela was launched in 2014 to build a network of technology leaders on the African ...

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How World Bank’s activities are helping shape the African narrative

The African region has recorded a positive growth over the past decade. Growth rates in developing economies are many times higher than in developed economies. Currently, Ethiopia has the fastest growing economy in the world. Report from the McKinsey 7 Company says the continent’s gross domestic product will hit $2.6 trillion by 2020. Regardless of this impressive height, Africa is ...

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