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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: THE CHEETAH GENERATION OF AFRICA

December 15, 2017 | by Linda Kavuka Kiguhi

Poverty, literacy rates, and youth unemployment are part of a long list of Africa’s biggest challenges. But at the top of this list is corruption. It sweeps indiscriminately across the continent. Africa has countries that have been ruled by dictators for over 30 years, and in others power shifts from father to son. This is only possible because of corruption. In Africa, the phrase “everyone has a price” is put to real practice. Institutions are not independent, as claimed on paper. And judiciaries in many countries are threatened by the executive and rules as per the will of the government.

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AUDACE INSTITUT AFRIQUE CREATES NEW MODEL FOR LAND OWNERSHIP IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

December 15, 2017

To protect private property effectively, rights must be clearly defined. In Côte d’Ivoire, only four percent of all rural land is legally registered, which leaves virtually all of the non-urban population vulnerable to disputes. Part of the challenge lies in the prohibitive costs associated with engaging the formal system. For example, even small farming parcels (around two hectares) require about one year’s worth of income in fees for the average Ivorian to register their land, an investment made all the more unattractive when you consider the mismatch between informal agreements and the formal system. As a result, most landowners operate only under a weak informal system using handwritten claims or oral agreements. Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), an Atlas Network partner organization based in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital of Abidjan, has taken on the important task of transitioning those informal systems to formal registration and adjudication with its “Rural Land Project” (Acteur Communau’Terre).

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REPLACING PATENTS WITH GOVERNMENT PRIZES NOT THE WAY TO INNOVATION, SAYS GENEVA NETWORK

December 14, 2017

There have increasingly been calls for the market-based system of patent-driven drug research and development to be replaced with centrally planned systems driven by tax-funded innovation prizes and research contracts. Geneva Network, an Atlas Network partner in Salisbury, United Kingdom, explores this issue thoroughly in its recent policy brief Delinked from Reality, arguing that replacing research and development with bureaucracy will likely do more harm than good.

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RESEARCH FINDS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL CHOICE, FLEXIBILITY ON THE RISE

December 13, 2017

In education, as in the current political climate, those with the loudest voices get the most attention for their cause. Special interest groups consisting of parents, teachers, administrators, boards, and government struggle to align their goals while maintaining a positive learning environment. In an effort to cut through this noise, EdChoice interviews 1,000 Americans every year (in collaboration with Braun Research, Inc.) for its Schooling in America series. Now in its fifth installment, this annual survey gives a picture of what the average citizen thinks of the current state of K-12 education.

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LIBERTYFEST ATTENDEES CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA'S EXISTING FREEDOMS, BRAINSTORM TO RESTORE LOST LIBERTIES

December 6, 2017

LibertyWorks Inc., an Atlas Network partner based in Brisbane, Australia, recently hosted its annual LibertyFest Conference. This conference was held to celebrate existing liberties and discuss how liberties that have been lost can be restored. The event consisted of a day filled with speakers and entertainers whose mission was to advocate for liberty and stimulate thinking.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM SUMMIT IN SRI LANKA OFFERS ROADMAP FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

December 6, 2017

Each year, the Fraser Institute releases its Economic Freedom of the World Index, which ranks every country based upon the degree to which each country’s policies and institutions support economic freedom. Advocata Institute, an Atlas Network partner organization in Sri Lanka (most recently ranked 94th in the index), recently hosted an Economic Freedom Summit with the Fraser Institute to examine the country’s performance in the index and discuss how the country can improve its rankings through reforms. The summit was an opportunity for Advocata Institute to provide a comprehensive description of the current economic policies in Sri Lanka and to offer a prescription for reform to boost the economy. It also held an essay contest at the event, which brought in one hundred and twenty different essays in three different languages discussing economic reform in Sri Lanka.

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