Education and Health

Ebola virus response: experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

Eric Osoro: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: It’s 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead. While the outbreak might be over, its effects will persist for many years. In the small nation with a population of just 7 million many lost relatives [Read More]

Economy & Business

Why economic questions are key to Africa’s media freedom debate

Herman Wasserman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: Press freedom is often thought of in relation to political pressure. There is more than enough evidence that threats, intimidation and imprisonment of journalists remain a serious cause for concern in Africa. But two recent gatherings on the continent encourage the thinking around press [Read More]

Education and Health

Africa’s business schools need to be locally relevant and globally wise

Kutlwano Ramaboa: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: If 99.6% of businesses in a country like Nigeria employ fewer than 10 workers, does it make sense to teach Nigerian business students how to manage Fortune 500 companies in the US using Harvard Business School case studies? This question, raised by the African Management [Read More]

Economy & Business

Collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in Africa

Authors: Daniel Rodriguez, John Dixon and Mulugetta Mekuria: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: It’s been four years since African leaders met in Equatorial Guinea to commit themselves to boosting agricultural growth across the continent. This is an important way to create real change in Africa. During the gathering, all [Read More]

Economy & Business

Owning land isn’t enough to empower Africa’s women farmers

Author: Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership [Read More]

Politics

Chronicles of the defeat of APC at the 2018 elections – way forward now

Author: Adams Bangura (UK): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 May 2018: The deafening voices of ignored and disrespected comrades are calling for an overhaul of their party.  No more room for sycophantic manoeuvrings. The beginning of our collective defeat was occasioned in 2015, when internal party sycophancy and mediocrity reached a [Read More]

Politics

Human rights groups condemn attacks on Freetown Mayor

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 May 2018: Following yesterday’s violent attack on the Mayor of Freetown – Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, allegedly by supporters of the ruling SLPP outside their party headquarters in the capital Freetown, condemnation of the attack has been swift. The 50/50 Group Secretariat issued this statement today: “The 50/50 [Read More]

Politics

Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr attacked by thugs

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 May 2018: The elected Mayor of Freetown who was recently sworn into office was physically attacked yesterday by a crowd of people believed to be supporters of the SLPP, who were gathered outside their party headquarters, just yards away from the Mayor’s City Council office. The [Read More]

Politics

President Bio conducts spot checks at ministerial offices

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 May 2018: President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has today moved one step forward to achieving a key promise made during his first week of being elected head of state, which is to instil discipline and strong work ethics across the public sector. ‘There will [Read More]