The most talked about global issue in Ghana is unemployment, mentioned three times more frequently by Ghanaians than the global average (49% vs 16%). Corruption is the second most discussed issue (42%, twice as many as the global average) and is also the most serious global problem, rated as veryserious by 77 per cent of respondents. Extreme poverty (65%) and the spread of human diseases (58%) are ranked second and third respectively, and are rated comparably with the global averages (69% and 55%, respectively).

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With almost 90 percent of polling places reporting, Congolese President Joseph Kabila appears to have won another five years in office with nearly half the vote. But the country will not know officially until Thursday due to a 48 hour delay in the release of final results.

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Unemployment is the world's fastest-rising worry, a BBC World Service survey covering 11,000 people in 23 countries suggests. The annual poll, called The World Speaks, gave people a list of concerns and asked which they had discussed with friends or family in the past month.

Corruption and poverty still ranked the highest, but unemployment was mentioned by 18% - six times the rate citing it in the first survey in 2009.

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General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu died last weekend. His death brings to a certain climax the drama of a true, modern Nigerian epic. Olusegun Obasanjo was right this time in describing Ojukwu’s death as “the end of an era.”

At the passing of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu described Zik as “the Alpha and the Omega of modern Nigeria,” just as he characterised Obafemi Awolowo as “the best President Nigeria never had,” thus melding paradox with hyperbole in an equal alchemy of mystery.

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DI press statement on tackling the $1bn illegal money transfers to Ghana
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are grateful to you for honouring our invitation to attend this press conference. The purpose of today’s gathering is to brief you and the general public on findings of research undertaken on the growing industry of illegal money transfers to Ghana from the Diaspora, its effects on the Ghanaian economy, organised crime and the Ghanaians involved one way or the other in it. A transfer of funds is any transfer that the payer (sender) makes through a Payment Service Provider (PSP) to make funds available for collection at another PSP if at any stage in the process the money is moved electronically, for example, by email or fax. more>>>
Extreme weather, extreme prices – what will more erratic weather do to food prices?
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DI Reveals Why Police Erred on Joy Fm Source Case
The Danquah Institute considers as disappointing, dangerous and back-stepping the action that has been taken by the Police, in particular, in responding to Government’s directive to investigate the news item in which Joy FM quoted a source as alleging that council members of the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association were threatened to withdraw their petition against the $10 billion STX agreement for the construction of 200,000 housing units in Ghana. We believe there were enough clues for the Police not to have reduced the case to one of an ethical dilemma for the journalist(s) involved. Joy FM was not the first media house to report of alleged threats against the GREDA leadership. A newspaper had reported similar allegations, mentioning the name of a specific GREDA member that paper said was alleging he had been threatened.
Court Observer: Tsatsu's Problem as I See it‏
Tsatsu Tsikata's cross-examination of Dr. Bawumia was much anticipated and billed as the "thrilla in Accra." Unfortunately, it has turned out to be the "trivia in Accra," with Tsatsu posing non-probative repetitive questions, which the crafty Dr. Bawumia has handled with ease and sometimes even with humor. Here are the 8 top reasons why Tsatsu has failed to make an impact thus far.
Accra, September 21, 2009 – Today, the World Bank Ghana Office joins the Government and people of Ghana in commemorating the 100th birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.The vision for a better future developed so eloquently by this great son of Africa still drives this nation’s work, and ours, today. His words of wisdom remain alive with meaning and urgency:
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A statement on myjoyonline.com that also briefly appeared on Monday January 29, 2007 on Ghanaweb, reported a Press Conference the [then] NDC Presidential Candidate, Prof. Evans Atta-Mills gave at which the esteemed Professor is reported to have said: "It is ironic that the NPP, being an offshoot of the Busia-Danquah tradition that opposed the "Motion of Destiny" proposed by Dr. Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1956 and which paved the way for independence, are today the political leaders of Ghana "
The Wilson Center Honors Howard Wolpe: Life Celebrated for Work in Congress and as Special Envoy
WASHINGTON—Friends, former colleagues, and family members gathered on Thursday to remember Howard Wolpe, who as a diplomat, lawmaker, and director of The Wilson Center's Africa Program worked tirelessly for peace in Africa, from helping to bring democratic majority rule to South Africa to conflict-prone regions like the Great Lakes. “Howard was a champion of all the right causes,” said Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in a ceremony that included addresses from the Hon. Donald Payne (D-NJ), as well as former Representatives the Hon. David Bonior (D-MI) and the Hon. William H. Gray III (D-PA). Also participating in the service at the Ronald Reagan Building was Ambassador Faida Mitifu, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Dean of the African diplomatic corps, Jim Margolis and Steve Weissman, former staffers of Wolpe, and Jane Harman, President of the Wilson Center. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) paid tribute via video, as did Rep. John Dingell (D-MI). Wolpe died in October 2011. Present at the celebration of Wolpe’s life were a large number of Senators and Representatives, active and former, and several other African ambassadors and embassy representatives.
Africa Human Development Report 2012 - Towards a Food Secure Future
Africa has seen an extraordinary rebound in economic growth over the past decade. Some of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa, and they have expanded even during the ongoing uncertainty in the global economy. This has brought a much-needed reduction in poverty in the region and a renewed sense of optimism about its future. There is no doubt that economic growth is critical for human development, and it is imperative that growth be sustained. Click here for full report