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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
    Incoming Ghanaian President John Atta Mills faces high expectations on coming into office this month. Visitors to the candidate's official website ( made their priorities clear: 63% said he should focus on economic issues, 18% on national unity, 13% on education, and 6% on health care. But he also faces demands from international financial institutions; the World Bank country director warned in a January report that despite recent growth, both the fiscal and balance of payments deficits of the country were "unsustainable."

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

November 19, 2015  Africa: Boosting ICTs
November 11, 2015  Africa/Global: Follow the Money
October 20, 2015  Africa: Tax Tricks, Mobile Phones, and Beer
October 13, 2015  Africa/Global: Health Challenges & Threats
September 30, 2015  Africa/Global: Climate Action Beyond Paris
September 21, 2015  Africa: Internet Usage Rising Rapidly

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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) Nov 29, 2015
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