Ghana's national development planning commission has begun preparations for developing a 40-year plan that seeks to outdo political, ethnic and geographical aspirations of the country, and to bind successive political leaders to following its implementation.

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Nigeria's gross government revenues rose for the second consecutive month in June to 485.95 billion naira ($2.44 billion), up 33 percent from May, the finance ministry said.

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US President Barack Obama is prepared to broker peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan.

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With both the West and East now courting Nairobi, President Kenyatta must decide how to do business with allies both old and new.

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If I were one of the big corporate donors who bankrolled the Republican tide that carried into office more than 50 new Republicans in the House, I would be wary of what you just bought. For no matter your view of President Obama, he effectively saved capitalism. And for that, he paid a terrible political price. Suppose you had $100,000 to invest on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. Why bet on a liberal Democrat? Here’s why: the presidency ofGeorge W. Bush produced the worst stock market decline of any president in history. The net worth of American households collapsed as Bush slipped away. And if you needed a loan to buy a house or stay in business, private sector borrowing was dead when he handed over power.
Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations
2011 saw dramatic changes in Africa’s governance landscape. Unprecedented popular demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya led to the overturning of a century of autocratic rule in North Africa.These protests, demanding greater political freedom, economic opportunity, and an end to systemic corruption, have resonated deeply across Africa, sparking calls for change throughout the continent. Already home to more of the world’s democratizing states than any other region, even modest reverberations from the Arab Spring on Africa’s democratic trajectory will have implications for global governance norms, stability, and development. Click here for report
I was glad to read the announcement made by World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim, at the start of this year’s UN General Assembly meetings, about the Bank’s projected financing support through the end of 2015 to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and children’s health. As we move toward the culmination of the MDGs in 2015 and beyond, preventing maternal and child deaths should be seen by all government delegations and their partners in the international development community as a clear yardstick to measure their commitment for creating more just and inclusive societies. But as evidence has shown across the globe, to effectively address the insidiousness of this challenge, a broad multi-sectoral paradigm for action is needed. In some countries, particularly in resource-poor settings and among certain population groups, there are social and cultural norms that need to be better understood to deal with myths and misconceptions surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and proper care of the newborn. There are also geographical barriers, as in rural communities high in the Andean mountains of my native Ecuador, or in the Caucasus mountain range in Georgia and Azerbaijan, where the poor state of roads in a challenging terrain, or the unavailability of transport to a health facility, contribute to preventable maternal deaths.
So where  are the NPP Brains?
On the last day of August, the Danquah institute, of which I am a proud executive member, created an important platform for the leader of Ghana's main opposition party to lay out his vision for the Ghanaian people. He did and about five major radio stations and (Metro TV) carried it live to the hearing of millions of Ghanaians, both at home and abroad. Newspapers and news websites have carried the speech in full (including audio) for those who missed it and others to chew on the details.
Results from the AFROBAROMETER Round 5 Survey in Ghana
The Afrobarometer (AB) is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues. The AB is an independent, non-partisan, African-based network of researchers. The first round of surveys took place in 1999-2001 in 12 countries. The Network is now conducting “Round 5” surveys in up to 35 countries during 2011-2012. Click here for full report
$1.5BN STX DEAL: WHO IS THE LENDER?.....Joe Ghartey asks, 'Is it a Khebab Seller?
After five postponements since it was first introduced to Parliament on May 4, 2010, the controversial $1.5 billion loan agreement was finally debated in Parliament on Wednesday, July 14. The Minority punched a lot of holes in the agreement which showed that Government and STX had been most incompetent in presenting the deal for approval.
DI'S Comments on the Decision of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Finance to Recommend the $1.5Bn STX Agreement for Parliamentary Resolution
Attached is the Report of the Finance Committee of Jul 5, 2010 on the $1.5 billion supplier credit facility between STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited and the Government of Ghana for the construction of 30,000 housing units of houses under the Security Services Housing Project. Below are the Danquah Institute's initial comments on the report submitted to the House. Issues identified: (i) DOUBTS ON SOURCE OF FUNDING Although the terms and conditions of the agreement are laid out in certainty. Sources of funding, according to the report, are far from certain. So, who is providing the $1.5 billion supplier's credit facility? In spite of the agreement describing STX Ghana as lender, STX Ghana is, in fact, merely an on-lender to the borrower - the Government of Ghana.
Supreme Court Battle between Nana & Mahama begins today
Having considered and ruled on more than 20 interlocutory applications filed by the various parties in the election petition brought before it by the 2012 New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his vice, Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the nine-member Supreme Court panel, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, will today begin hearing of the substantive case. During its last adjourned hearing on April 2, the court directed the respondents in the petition to file their written affidavits within five days from service of petitioners’ affidavits on them.
Supreme Court Will Not Tolerate Cross-Examination Method Of Tony Lithur
The President of the presidential election petition panel, William Atuguba JSC, has directed that the court will no longer accept the cross examination method of Tony Lithur, lawyer for John Mahama, stating emphatically that Mr Lithur should list all the pinksheets he has issues with and say their effect on the numbers and this must be done "forthwith" before Monday. A letter dated 19th April 2013, titled “The mode of continuation of cross-examination of 2nd Petitioner on pink sheets” and signed by Justice William Atuguba, himself, was sent to all parties by in the Supreme Court case, where the petitioners are challenging the outcome of the 2012 elections.
Transcript  of Yaw Boateng Gyan’s Tape
“When I return, I hope the work that I expect you to do, is done. I intend to get a pick up vehicle. Kwasi says he has to travel to Sunyani for his brother’s engagement and a funeral and so he’s gone. I’ll get a white land cruiser and a pick-up. If you work together, it’s fine. If you work individually, it’s fine. Then, you go and gather information, as many information as possible and when you go, coach the regional organizers.