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REMAKING AFRICAN INSTITUTIONS TO FOSTER ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCUSSED AT #AFRICALF21

June 29, 2021

The reality of continued international travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The action-packed week kicked off with a deep examination of entrepreneurship in Africa at Africa Liberty Forum 2021 (#AfricaLF21). With over 232 think tank and civil society professionals representing 29 countries in attendance, a rich dialogue was facilitated, despite the circumstance of convening virtually. Attendees were as much a part of the excitement as winners when the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank champions were announced.

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ANNOUNCING THE “AFRICA REIMAGINED” WEBINAR SERIES

April 28, 2021

Since Africa’s population is projected to reach 26 percent of the world’s total population by 2050 (currently 17 percent), the continent will see an unprecedented need for jobs and access to both soft and hard infrastructures. This means that the next three decades will determine the continent’s trajectory toward prosperity. The course of action African countries pursue as we approach 2030 will ultimately either set them on the path of socio-economic prosperity or cement for them another century of development agony. This unavoidable dilemma is why African civil society, especially think tanks, must do whatever it takes to keep governments headed in the right direction.

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A NEW PATHWAY TO PRESERVING PROPERTY RIGHTS IN SÉNÉGAL

February 3, 2021

Sénégal is one of the most endowed countries in West Africa in terms of natural resources. However, according to the World Food Programme, 39 percent of its 15.4 million population lives below the poverty line, and “75 percent of families suffer from chronic poverty.” This unconvincing economic reality is compounded by an abysmal property rights record, which ranked Sénégal 81 out of 131 countries on the Property Rights Alliance’s 2020 International Property Rights Index. But these economic challenges are tied to the array of policies that keeps many Sénégalese out of key economic circles like the prolific fishing industry.

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CDE’S KANGUKA CAMPAIGN RISES TO SAVE BURUNDI’S ECONOMY AMID LOCKDOWN

November 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging lower-income countries in Africa including Burundi. Atlas Network partner, the Centre for Development and Enterprise Great Lakes (CDE) is engaging in discussions with authorities on how to limit the negative impact of public health safety measures on the economy. The CDE is working with healthcare professionals, the private sector, and members of the Burundian Parliament in pursuit of policies that could keep the country safe and prosperous.

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CDE’S ‘FUNGUA NJIA’ PROJECT IS CHANGING CROSS-BORDER TRADE IN THE GREAT LAKES

September 18, 2020

In the last five years, Burundi has ranked among the least free economies in Africa based on the Fraser Institute’s studies in the Economic Freedom of the World report. Burundi’s hostile economic corridor is mainly due to its repressive border protection policies. These policies make cross border trade between Burundians and their counterparts in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo a nightmare.

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IMANI LEADS CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AHEAD OF GHANA’S DECEMBER ELECTIONS

August 28, 2020

IMANI Center for Policy and Education is at the forefront of civil organizations engaging political parties and electorates ahead of Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2020. It recently conducted a study assessing the commitments of the country’s two main political parties towards child responsive inclusive growth and other key policy issues leading up to the polls.

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CELEBRATING THE TRANSLATION OF “POVERTY & FREEDOM” INTO FIVE LANGUAGES

July 31, 2020

"Poverty & Freedom," edited by Atlas Network President Matt Warner, has been translated into French, Greek, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian—an exciting step in empowering local leaders to employ local solutions to solve problems in their communities. The book offers first-hand examples of the positive impact pro-market think tanks have had in reducing poverty and improving the lives of people all over the world, and its translation ensures that its message will reach communities worldwide.

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OMINIRATV LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR LIBERAL REFORMS IN NIGERIA AND GHANA

July 14, 2020

The Ominira Initiative for Economic Advancement has successfully launched its OminiraTV project with the goal of educating and empowering people to share solutions to economic problems across Nigeria and Ghana. This project focuses on providing the African people with a platform to learn about new ideas through research and advocacy by creating 48 short videos and one documentary.

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