The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Reflecting on the first ten years

12 January 2012

The New Partnership for Africa’s development (NEPAD) is an African Union (AU) initiative established at a conference in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001, where African leaders affirmed a common vision and shared conviction, “to eradicate poverty and to place their countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development and, at the same time, to participate actively in the world economy and body politic”.

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Sierra Leoneans go to the polls in November 2012: Will youth unemployment matter?


10 January 2012

Growing youth unemployment in Sierra Leone will have a negative impact on voter turnout for the ruling All People’s Congress in November. Although the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party has yet to convince voters that it has a better agenda for the country’s youths, President Ernest Koroma’s marginalization of youths will come to haunt his party in this year’s elections.

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The peculiar mess of the watchdog

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon

9 January 2012

The line in the sand has been drawn clearly and irrevocably. Right now a battle is taking shape in our dear country; a veritable contest between those who are profiting from our under-development and tragic state and those whose nostalgia is giving them discomfort and who insist that the time has come for the much-abused citizens of this once glorious nation to leave the doldrums created by the yoke of our servants-turned-masters; if there is indeed going to be a rebirth.

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Higher government spending left Sierra Leone’s economy weaker in 2011

Abdul R Thomas – Editor, The Sierra Leone Telegraph

Bank of Sierra Leone


On Tuesday, 11 January 2011, Parliament granted the request of the Minister of Finance to withdraw over Le547 Billion from the country’s Consolidated Fund.

According to the Minister, this withdrawal was needed, “for the purpose of meeting expenditure, necessary to carry on the services of the government, for the period expiring four months from the beginning of the Financial Year, 1st January, 2011, or the coming into operation of the Appropriation Act of 2011, whichever is earlier.”

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Will Sierra Leone’s economy grow by 50% in 2012?

Abdul R Thomas
Editor – The Sierra Leone Telegraph

Dr Samura Kamara, Sierra Leone's Finance Minister

The furore and strong condemnation of the government’s role in the Timbergate corruption scandal, involving the country’s vice president – Sam Sumana, exposed by the Aljazeera TV documentary, was almost drowned out by an equally controversial statement, made to parliament by the minister of finance about the health of the nation’s finances and forecasts for the future.

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Sierra Leone’s Information Ministry’s impressive performance

John Baimba Sesay – Beijing, China

7 January 2012

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989). He has always been remembered as the great communicator, as a result of his simple ability to speak to the hearts of Americans and connect with the people. The oratory qualities of President Barrack Obama are of outstanding qualities.

Leadership, it is often said, is about inspiring others through communicating a positive message, which others listen to willingly and then embrace. Good communicators are people who make serious impact by convincing people on issues.

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The poverty of democracy in Sierra Leone

Alpha Kawusu

6 January 2012

Many political pundits believe that a swift consolidation of democratic institutions naturally follows the establishment of a democratic regime. While this may be the case in many political formations, the Sierra Leonean experience has been different as an antiquated administrative and bureaucratic culture has failed to adapt to democratic change.

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