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Debt relief in Ghana & Zambia – did it help?

Debt relief in Ghana & Zambia – did it help?

A recent article claims the current governments of Zambia and Ghana are struggling to balance the books and are borrowing money at reckless levels. While citizens there are rightly worried about public spending, the assertion that debt cancellation of the early 2000s was ‘no cure’ is not supported by evidence.
ONE’s Belgian Youth Ambassadors meet Ghanaian President & MEPs

ONE’s Belgian Youth Ambassadors meet Ghanaian President & MEPs

It was inspiring and way much more than expected: His Excellency the President of Ghana himself! His speech just boosted every ambassador’s motivation and gave us all the same feeling: virtually ending extreme poverty IS in our hands, WE can make a difference and last but not least: TOP leaders are backing us.
In the future, I want to be…

In the future, I want to be…

KickStart Ghana is a UK-registered charity that aims to ensure that the people of the Volta Region, Ghana, can fulfill their potential and have every opportunity to succeed. Volunteer coordinator David Coles shares a project he recently did with the children.  One of the lessons at the KickStart Ghana summer school focused ......

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

The streets of Accra were deserted on 29 August. 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…...

Back to school: 5 books about Africa you should be reading

For many people around the world, the summer break is coming to an end and children are heading back to school.  I can still remember that sinking feeling during the final few days of freedom, the thought of being back in a classroom all day only slightly offset by a cool new pencil case and…...

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 t......

African Voices: Elizabeth Kabach

Elizabeth Kabach, 37 Community Health Volunteer, Farmer and Mother, Batuisa, Builsa District, Ghana I am a community health volunteer from Batuisa. If any accidents happen, they usually call me to see if I can help. But the road to my place is very bad. Here, we don’t have cars, we only use bicycles. If anybody…...

What Africa can learn from Ghana’s peaceful election

Ghana is a country I’ve come to admire profoundly for its democratic credentials over the last five elections since 1992. And now, I have seen that country successfully transfer power for the sixth time in a row without an implosion. Ghana has done it again… it’s pulled off yet another peaceful election last week on......

8 Children, 8 disposable cameras: A snapshot of rural Ghana

KickStart Ghana is a UK-registered charity that aims to ensure that the people of the Volta Region, Ghana, can fulfill their potential and have every opportunity to succeed. We focus on the promotion of education and physical activity to do this. We use a mixture of grants and volunteers to achieve these aims. At KickStart&he......

African voices: community health in northern Ghana

Fatahiya Yakuba, Community Health Nurse Kpasenkpe Health Center West Mamprusi District, Northern Ghana My name is Fatahiya Yakuba, and I am a community health nurse at the Kpasenkpe Health Center in West Mamprusi District in Northern Ghana. I have worked here for two years, longer than any of my colleagues, and there have bee......

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…...