Kenyan voters need to resist the allure of voting for the usual suspects

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 April 2017 In a few months Kenyan voters will have the chance to make choices that could change the political landscape. Historically voters have tended to sacrifice this right at the altar of tribe, money or personality. But, writes Yvonne Rowa Woods, Kenyans can turn their [Read More]

In Focus

Sierra Leone fifty-six years of independence and ten years of APC misrule – nothing to celebrate

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 April 2017  The people of Sierra Leone are today marking 56 years of independence from Britain. But with economic hardship and massive unemployment – estimated at over 70% of the economically active population, this year’s celebration is a quiet affair and its filled with despondency. After [Read More]

Economy & Business

Time to lift the ideological haze in debates about Africa’s middle class

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 April 2017 The term “middle class” is bandied about to back up the claim that Africans are increasingly moving out of poverty and getting wealthier. But, writes Henning Melber, these claims are meaningless given that very little analytical rigour is applied to the definition of what constitutes [Read More]

Education and Health

Ebola virus response – experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 April 2017 The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa two years ago had a devastating effect on many countries. In Sierra Leone it led to the collapse of its entire health system. Eric Osoro, writing for theconversation.com explains how, with health facilities closed, communities were pushed [Read More]

In Focus

Greenpeace helping Sierra Leone tackle illegal fishing as the government fails to curb corruption

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 April 2017 A nation that cannot manage its resources effectively is doomed to poverty and under-development.  Sierra Leone is abundantly rich in natural resources, yet classed as one of the poorest nations in the world. Successive governments of Sierra Leone have failed to fulfill their contract [Read More]