ACET Highlighted stories

18th August 2017

Why Africa’s development model puzzles economists

The structural transformation of its economies is not following precedents IT IS easy to buy a rolex in Uganda—albeit not one that will tell the time. Sold at ubiquitous roadside stalls, the Ugandan rolex is […]
17th August 2017

Technical and vocational education would spur economic growth and transformation

By Percis Ofori Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24. This figure is likely to double by 2050 according to the 2012 World Economic Outlook. […]
11th August 2017

All that glitters: Ghana battles illegal mining

August 11, 2017 By Agence France Presse Ghana has long been known for its bountiful gold reserves and was called “the Gold Coast” during its colonial era. But illegal mining in Africa’s second largest producer […]
11th August 2017

“Making farming cool” means creating opportunities for young people

By Dede Amanor-Wilks How to make farming attractive to young people is fast becoming a major talking point in development circles. In a context where farming populations are ageing and young people, especially young graduates, […]
8th August 2017

Agricultural Transformation in Africa: The Myths, Key Issues, and the New Pathway

August 8, 2017 By George Boateng Agriculture is the heartbeat of Africa. The continent’s major agricultural advantages include an abundance of natural resources, a young and growing labor force, and a rising middle class, in addition […]
7th August 2017

Institutionalising luck: Why it makes sense to invest in Africa’s youth

In the past two editions of the renamed Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) bootcamps, 2000 young entrepreneurs expressed some unquantifiable joy of being empowered to reach for their dreams. “This is an opportunity for me […]
27th July 2017

The Blacksmiths and their Neighbours

July 27, 2017 By Hardi Yakubu In the Mole-Dagbani ethnic groups of Northern Ghana, families are organized by specific vocations or trades. There are blacksmiths who buy meat from butchers; meat cut into pieces with knives and machetes […]
25th July 2017

Farmers are the secret ingredient for Ghana’s most innovative startups

July 24, 2017 In 2012, Kwami Williams was studying at MIT to become a rocket scientist when he took a trip to his home country of Ghana with some of his classmates. There, he was […]
20th July 2017

Feminist Assistance Policy Pivot: Will it be enough?

July 20, 2017 By Rob Floyd and K.Y. Amoako The development assistance landscape is always changing.  And sometimes it changes for the better. Last month Canada released its first new international development strategy in years […]