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African leaders must wake up and DO AGRIC

African leaders must wake up and DO AGRIC

Today we’re in Addis Ababa for the launch of ONE’s exciting and ambitious pan-African campaign: DO AGRIC. This is the issue of our time. 2014 has been declared the ‘Year of Agriculture & Food Security’ by the African Union.  As delegates gather for the 22nd AU Summit in Ethiopia’s capital, ONE is also here to make sure they deliver for the 70% of…

D’banj: “Today the Koko Master has become the Koko Farmer”

D’banj: “Today the Koko Master has become the Koko Farmer”

Today the Koko Master has become the Koko Farmer. I’ve just returned from Ghana where I was lucky to meet an amazing cocoa farmer called Adam Yakubu. Spending time with him I learnt that farming is not only the foundation of our economy, but it’s also cool. This is where our food comes from. This…

Progress as more African nations move towards joining the Open Government Partnership

More than 1500 reformers from government and civil society descended on London recently for the annual summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Established in 2011, OGP has more than 60 member countries where government and civil society develop commitments to make governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Ahead of the summit, ONE partnered with…

The result of Ghana’s elections? ‘Ghana has won!’

The streets of Accra were deserted on August 29. Across the city, people gathered around TVs and radios waiting for news of the Supreme Court of Ghana’s decision on the contested 2012 election. It was a big day for the country, and also a big day for ONE, as we headed to the Ashaiman Assembly…

Meet Ghana’s vaccine king

This is a guest post from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, originally published on their Impatient Optimists blog. Dr. K.O. Antwi-Agyei manages the Expanded Programme on Immunisation in Ghana, where he oversees the day-to-day work to ensure vaccines reach children across the country. Ghana’s health care system has put a lot of its resources…

Sisterly advice on oil – start with transparency

Lauren Pfeifer, ONE’s Transparency and Accountability Research Assistant, shares Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s call for transparency and accountability mechanisms in the oil industry of Ghana. Renowned Nigerian economist and member of ONE’s Board of Directors Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala advised Ghana on the importance of building transparency and accountability mechanisms into the DNA of its fledgling oil industry. Speaking…

African Voices: Abdulai Shefu

Hello, my name is Abdulai Shefu and I am the head teacher at Duu Primary and Junior High School located in the West Mamprusi District in northern Ghana. I can say that here at school we have two major challenges: There are not enough teachers and not enough students. Ten teachers including myself are in…

African Voices: Memuna Sandow

Before I became a district assemblywoman in 2009, I had already been working with my community for years, especially the women. But I came to realize that despite my hard work, without an official position, my ability to effect change would always be limited. If you are not an assemblywoman, if you go to any…

Long live Ghana: Reflecting on President John Atta Mills’ legacy

ONE Africa Director Sipho Moyo reflects on the life and accomplishments of Ghana President John Atta Mills, who died last week. When an African leader passes on, their death is never a simple, clear-cut affair. It is nearly always shrouded in secrecy or followed by a constitutional crisis in which the citizens never know exactly…

Interview: GAVI’s Mercy Ahun talks Ghana’s upcoming vaccine milestone

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Mercy Ahun from the GAVI Alliance Secretariat. When I first met her two years ago, she was GAVI’s Director of Program Delivery, but recently she was named GAVI’s Special Representative to GAVI-Eligible Countries. In this role, she serves as a bridge between GAVI, countries receiving…

Peering into Ghana’s mobile future with Mac-Jordan Degadjor

Mac-Jordan Degadjor is a Ghanaian social media entrepreneur and rising star among global tech bloggers. The 26-year-old recently spoke about the positive effects of social media at the TEDxYouthInspire conference in Ghana’s capital city of Accra and was spotlighted in the Christian Science Monitor’s “Thirty Ideas from People Under 30.” We asked Mac-Jordan to explain…