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FINALISTS FOR AFRICA LIBERTY AWARD 2019 ANNOUNCED FROM COTE D'IVOIRE, GHANA, KENYA

August 16, 2019

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Africa Liberty Award, which will be awarded at Africa Liberty Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on August 22. The three finalists are Audace Institut Afrique in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), IMANI Center for Policy and Education in Ghana, and African Students for Liberty International in Kenya. The winner of the award, which is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, will receive $7,000, and two finalists will each receive $1,500.

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AFRICA THINK TANK SHARK TANK CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED

August 16, 2019

Atlas Network announces the finalists in the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank-Africa competition, which will be held during Africa Liberty Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. Three think tank professionals will pitch their projects to a panel of judges, showcasing some of the region’s most exciting new liberty-advancing projects. The competition is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation, and the winner will receive $10,000 in seed funding for the project.

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NEW ECON TEXTBOOK BRINGS THE FREE MARKET TO UKRAINIAN CLASSROOMS

August 16, 2019

For decades, Ukrainian students have learned about economics from outdated Soviet textbooks that celebrated the worst of collectivism and centralized planning. Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and new textbooks are out of reach for most schools. But Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), an Kyiv-based Atlas Network partner, wanted to ensure that students had access to information that made the case for capitalism and economic liberty. The result is Economics, a textbook specifically designed for middle schoolers to learn the impact that free markets have on prosperity.

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THE OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS TO FREE TRADE IN EUROPE

August 15, 2019 | by Glen Hodgson

As the new European Parliament has been elected—and the new European Commission are set to take their seats in November—it is an ideal time to look at where the free trade opportunities exist in Europe and where more needs to be done. The European Union (EU) represents the largest economy in the world at USD 20 trillion, and its rules and regulations set precedents internationally. In this vein, the European Single Market has been one of the EU’s greatest achievements. Over the past two and a half decades, tariffs and quotas have been reduced between the EU Member States while trade and economic growth have flourished. Since the economic crisis - and in response to an increase in populist forces - however, we have seen a rise in non-tariff barriers, and a reluctance to truly complete the European Single Market through widening and deepening.

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ECONINTECH WORKS IN VENEZUELA FOR A FREE-MARKET GENERATION

August 14, 2019

Venezuela’s current economic and humanitarian crisis is internationally recognized, but it is just the latest symptom of a much larger problem: a citizenry that doesn’t understand what true free markets actually look like. Econintech, an Atlas Network partner based in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, is educating the public about the need for true free markets with its Fellows Program.

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HOW CAN A THINK TANK HELP THE COUNTRY'S DEVELOPMENT?

August 7, 2019

For a country to become a considerable economic power and to influence the political agenda worldwide, it is necessary to invest in the educational standard and the living standard of its citizens. The most important thing, however, is to use the brightest minds to its advantage, so that it can make the right decisions at the right time.

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LIBERTY SPARKS HOSTS LEARNING WEEK IN TANZANIA

August 5, 2019

During the week of June 25-29, a group of young African scholars gathered in Tanzania to gain a deeper understanding of liberty with Tanzania-based Atlas Network partner Liberty Sparks. Learning Week featured five events which focused on rule of law, individual rights, limited government, and the free market.

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CEDICE FUTURO CHAMPIONS A FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

July 29, 2019

One of the ways that Venezuela’s government has responded to the country’s economic crisis has been to prevent imports, but Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento Económico para la Libertad (CEDICE), a Venezuela-based Atlas Network partner, has introduced a new program called CEDICE Futuro that advocates innovative technologies.

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