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    Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Kenya and other countries are grappling with stagnant wages amidst rapid economic expansion, writes Julians Amboko.

On 1 May this year, while observing Labour Day celebrations, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced an 18 per cent hike in the minimum wage, the country’s most ambitious raise in just about a decade and one that scaled up the minimum wage to Kes […]

August 23rd, 2017|Business, Featured|0 Comments|

Ghana Must Go: Containing The Mayhem of #Migration

Diana Olaleye tells the story behind the famous ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

It is chequered. It is sturdy. It is used worldwide. There is some contention as to whether it can be deemed highly fashionable, but it gains some cool points for being waterproof and available in more than one set of colours. For many, it merely serves the primary function […]

  • Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo shakes hands with Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga during his inauguration
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    How to stop electoral corruption-What Kenya’s NASA can learn from Ghana’s NPP

How to stop electoral corruption-What Kenya’s NASA can learn from Ghana’s NPP

Ahead of the Kenya’s elections in August 2017, Lolan Sagoe-Moses looks at what the country’s opposition can learn from Ghana’s New Patriotic Party.
Some analysts have recently drawn parallels between Kenya’s upcoming elections and Ghana’s 2016 contest. Both Raila Odinga and Nana Akufo-Addo are scions of political dynasties, veteran civil rights campaigners and — until the latter’s recent election — opposition leaders. Moreover, the […]

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    To Return or Not to Return, That is the Question: highly skilled return migrants to Ghana

To Return or Not to Return, That is the Question: highly skilled return migrants to Ghana

Madeleine Wong examines how skilled professional Ghanaian return migrants articulate and navigate the challenges of readjustment.

It was 2011 when I was myself confronted with this very question. It was a pivotal year for me personally and professionally: I was on leave in Ghana for six months, recovering from serious health issues, and also contemplating my future at my current […]

The Pastor as Sexual Object

As Pentecostal pastors in a number of African countries increasingly occupy the spotlight as authorities on economic, political, and cultural matters,  Ebenezer Obadare explores how these individuals are also becoming the center of an erotic economy.

At the core of my ongoing study of Pentecostal pastors and changing forms of authority in Africa are two related premises.

First, due to a […]

March 27th, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

Lessons for Ghana in the Malaysian Economic Miracle

Nikita Singla discusses the divergent paths of economic development taken by Ghana and Malaysia, two countries that used to share numerous structural similarities.

Malaysia and Ghana could have very well been referred to as identical twins just about five decades ago. Today however, even a call for comparison between the two raises eyebrows. Both Malaysia and Ghana gained independence from […]

January 11th, 2017|Economics, Featured|1 Comment|
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    The Limits of Overly Simplistic Theory in Textbook Economics: the Case of Child Labour

The Limits of Overly Simplistic Theory in Textbook Economics: the Case of Child Labour

Alexander Krauss outlines why analysing complex phenomena like child labour needs to be done using cross-disciplinary approaches and mixed methods.

Economists commonly assume that monetary poverty is the most important explanation for child labour – and for some, the only serious explanation. Yet to really understand child labour we need to get beyond the popular but reductionist, theoretical idea in […]

January 4th, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

Reading List: @AfricaAtLSE Blog Posts of the Year – Editor’s Cut

You may have already have seen our Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year, so you may be wondering what this is about. Well, this is to capture notable articles which did not make it into the Top 10, but stood out in other ways. This could be the way they resonated with their readers or how aptly they […]

  • Permalink The trotro, or minivan pictured is what used by many Ghanaians to travel around the country and is the way people from the North travel to the South of the country for better opportunities

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    Responding to Violence Against Female Migrants in Accra: a need for change

Responding to Violence Against Female Migrants in Accra: a need for change

LSE’s Samantha Lattof addresses the lack of an appropriate response to violence against female kayayei migrants in Accra.

“Why was she beaten?  Did she steal something?” asked the triage nurse as we arrived in the Accident Centre.  I was well aware of the stigma and insults that female kayayei (singular kayayoo) migrants experience in Accra; it was a common theme […]

Ghana Continues to be a Beacon for Democracy in Africa

Joseph Atsu Ayee provides a comprehensive overview of the 2016 elections in Ghana.

This article is part of our African Elections series.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old flagbearer of the opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was declared the winner of Ghana’s 2016 presidential elections by the Electoral Commission (EC) more than 48 hours after the elections took place. […]

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