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October 18, 2016  Ghana: New Debt Trap
    "Ghana is in a debt crisis. Despite having had significant amounts of debt canceled a decade ago, the country is losing around 30% of government revenue in external debt payments each year. Such huge payments are only possible because Ghana has been able to take on more loans from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which are used to pay the interest on debts to previous lenders, whilst the overall size of the debt increases. "

September 14, 2015  West Africa: Tax Giveaway Follies
    "Our research shows that three countries alone – Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal – are losing up to $5.8 billion a year. If the rest of ECOWAS lost revenues at similar percentages of their GDP, total revenue losses among the 15 ECOWAS states would amount to $9.6 billion a year [due to tax incentives offered to foreign companies]." - Action Aid and Tax Justice Network Africa

Jul 10, 2009  USA/Africa: Obama in Ghana, What Kind of Change?
    President Barack Obama's trip to Ghana, beginning today, will be rich in symbolism. But those hoping for a new direction in U.S. Africa policy are tempering their hopes with skepticism. The issue posed, parallel to that in other policy spheres, is to what extent change will remain symbolic or reflect substantive shifts, even if small, away from U.S. policies based on unilateral geostrategic goals or unexamined economic policy assumptions.

Jan   13 2009  Ghana: Economic Challenges
Jan   13 2009  Ghana: Political Kudos
Feb   5, 2008  Africa: Dramatic Anti-Malaria Results
Jul   5, 2005  Ghana: Playing Chicken
Mar 29, 2005  Ghana: Medical Skills Drain
Dec 19, 2004  Ghana: Election Commentary

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

April 17, 2017  Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses
April 10, 2017  Africa: African Feminism Past and Present
March 21, 2017  Africa/Global: Scaling Up Solar
March 14, 2017  Africa/Global: Invisible Crises, Failing Safety Nets
February 28, 2017  Africa/Global: Open Data for Tax Justice
February 20, 2017  Africa/Global: Agribusiness Giants on Merger Path

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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2003-05-28 Ghana: Protect Forests from Mining
2001-06-04 Ghana: Water Privatization
2000-10-19 Ghana: Poverty, Democracy and the World Bank

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News (allafrica) Apr 23, 2017
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