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August 15, 2018  West Africa/Europe: From Cocoa to Chocolate
    "Cocoa growing communities, particularly in West Africa, are facing poverty, child labour and deforestation that have been made worse by a rapid fall in prices for cocoa. Widely touted efforts in the cocoa industry to improve the lives of farmers, communities and the environment made in the past decade are having little impact. In fact, the modest scope of the proposed solutions does not even come close to addressing the scale of the problem." - Cocoa Barometer, April 2018

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?
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

October 16, 2018  Africa/Global: Drug Company Profits vs. Public Health
October 1, 2018  Africa/Global: Professionals Enabling Corruption
August 27, 2018  Africa: Migration Reports Show Complex Realities
April 9, 2018  Africa: Storybooks in African Languages
March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1

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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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