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“THE FUTURE OF AFRICA WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD:” AFRICA LIBERTY FORUM 2020 DAY 2 RECAP

June 18, 2020

Creating the conditions for liberty to thrive—and then marketing their ideas to growing audiences—is fundamental to the success of the African liberty movement. During the second and final day of the 2020 Africa Liberty Forum, panelists and commenters alike agreed that think tank leaders and aspiring liberty activists must work together to protect the freedom to trade, to express ideas freely, and to live without barriers to prosperity. The full slate of speakers were guardedly optimistic, expressing confidence in the rich resources of dynamic human capital across the continent while still acknowledging that much work to educate and inspire Africans remains to be done.

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CHEETAHS ON THE MOVE! DAY ONE OF AFRICA LIBERTY FORUM 2020

June 17, 2020

Day One of Atlas Network’s 2020 African Liberty Forum was filled with history, new success stories, and great ideas about the ways in which economic liberty can transform the lives of billions of people. More than 210 participants joined via Zoom to discuss how they are responding to the challenges created by COVID-19 with thoughtful programs that engage local stakeholders in both the public and private sectors and inspire peers all over the continent.

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LIBERTY CAMP 2020 BRINGS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OF FREEDOM TO UGANDA

June 15, 2020

The Ugandan organization Action for Liberty and Economic Development (ALED) recently hosted an intense four-day event that examined freedom in Africa. The event—called Liberty Camp 2020—brought together 78 participants from nine universities in East Africa to share their perspectives on freedom and prosperity while debating topics, presenting new ideas, and conversing in fireside talks.

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FINALISTS FOR 2020 AFRICA LIBERTY AWARD ANNOUNCED

June 11, 2020

Atlas Network’s Africa Liberty Award celebrates think tanks throughout the region whose work most successfully encourages prosperity and human flourishing. The finalists for the 2020 Africa Liberty Award are: South African Institute of Race Relations in South Africa, Students’ Organization for Liberty and Entrepreneurship in South Sudan, and Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes in Burundi.

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AUDACE INSTITUT AFRIQUE MAKES STRIDES IN LAND OWNERSHIP PROGRAM

May 1, 2020

Back in 2019, Atlas Network partner Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast​), won the 2019 Africa Liberty Award for their work to strengthen property rights in their country through the project “Liberating Rural Land’s Potential In Côte d’Ivoire,” which created village maps using advanced GPS to establish village land registers and a smartphone application to download certificates and lease agreements. The simple idea turned out to be revolutionary, solving decade long conflict that stemmed from poorly defined property rights. Now, the program has been adopted at a national level with village land registers in each village and a new government program, which will be funded by the World Bank and employ young professionals to keep track of the archives.

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CDE GREAT LAKES' PROLIBERTYWRITERS PROJECT EMPOWERS ENTREPRENEURS

March 31, 2020

As a result of an ongoing investment in improving conditions for entrepreneurs in Burundi by the Centre for Development and Enterprises-Great Lakes (CDE), the country’s central bank has cut refinancing and interest rates to 5 percent on loans for sectors that are enjoying economic growth.

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SHARING THE BENEFITS OF MARKET COMPETITION IN CAMEROON

March 16, 2020

The spirit of discourse is alive in Cameroon as experts hold a public debate on answering the central question: “Is Market Competition Good for Cameroon’s Industrialization?” Atlas Network partner Nkafu Policy Institute recently argued that market competition that enables small businesses is the path to African growth and prosperity.

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