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ATLAS NETWORK PROUD TO ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF CENTER FOR AFRICAN PROSPERITY

May 1, 2019

[ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 1, 2019] Atlas Network is delighted to announce the Center for African Prosperity, a new opportunity to focus on the role that free markets, property rights, and the rule of law have in creating the conditions for people to thrive in the region. Under the direction of internationally-recognized business entrepreneur and speaker Magatte Wade, the Center for African Prosperity will support Atlas Network’s regional partner organizations in their efforts to promote economic freedom and strong institutions, and to build the capacity for reforms that lead to broad-based prosperity across Africa.

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IMANI FIGHTS FOR PROPER CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT IN GHANA

April 18, 2019

The logistical difficulties of running a business vary from country to country, but in Ghana, the judicial system has become a significant hindrance to business development. But IMANI Center for Policy and Education (IMANI), an Accra-based Atlas Network partner, has launched a successful effort to change the way the courts respond to businesses in a way that helps to secure property rights, facilitate entrepreneurship, and improve contract enforcement.

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IN AFRICA, EFFECTIVE AID IS LOCAL AID

April 5, 2019 | by Casey Pifer

Bring up the topic of Africa to most Americans and their minds will race through images of slums, hungry children, undrinkable water, and war. For some, it’s comforting to know that the United States government invests huge sums of cash and capital in the continent, even if the goals aren’t always clear. Many Americans even contribute to those efforts privately via charity or participation in “one-for-one” purchases which, like TOMS shoes, provide a matching donation of your product to someone in need.

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REGISTRATION PROJECT BECOMES TEMPLATE FOR NEW LAWS ENSHRINING PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

March 8, 2019

Thanks to the work of Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), land ownership is no longer a hazy concept in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2016 AIA launched “Land Governance in Ivorian Villages”, a project dedicated to consolidating and publishing records of property ownership in villages throughout Côte d’Ivoire. Because of this work, new legislation requires the creation of similar publications of records in every village throughout the country.

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AUDITING ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE

February 8, 2019

The Fraser Institute releases its Economic Freedom of the World Index annually, which ranks every country based on the degree to which each country’s policies and institutions support economic freedom. Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), an Atlas Network partner located in Côte d'Ivoire, recently ranked 132nd in the index. While their economic freedom scores rank average at best, AIA is digging in its heels and pressing for reform, striving to protect private property, rule of law, and individual freedom for the millions of citizens affected by deficient policies. AIA hosted an Economic Freedom Forum with the Fraser Institute to engage in panel discussions with decision makers, opinion leaders, economists, and think tanks to identify areas to reform in Côte d'Ivoire’s economy.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: LINDA KAVUKA

January 31, 2019

A recent alumna of the Smith Fellowship, Linda Kavuka, is African programs manager at Students For Liberty (Africa), a partner organization with coordinators located throughout Africa. She is based in Kenya and was one of the Cornerstone Talk presenters at Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2017, and she completed Atlas Network’s Smith Fellowship in October 2018.

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EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CLASSICAL LIBERAL MINDS IN AFRICA'S GREAT LAKES REGION

January 22, 2019

The Center for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes (CDE-Great Lakes) operates in Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its goal is to reduce barriers to prosperity and opportunity by promoting classical liberal ideals. One way it does that is through its Great Lakes Academy, which seeks to educate people on classical liberal ideas. These topics include free trade, individual rights, private property, rule of law, and democracy. Last December, CDE-Great Lakes added another component to the Academy called “Free Campus, Free Mind.”

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PROPERTY RIGHTS VS. EXPROPRIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

December 20, 2018

All property is under threat in South Africa, as “EWC,” Expropriation without Compensation, is under consideration. The Free Market Foundation, an Atlas Network partner, convened a high profile conference in Johannesburg Nov. 20 to explain the dangers to the public and to form strategies to combat it.

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ESSAY CONTEST SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBERTY FOR EVERYONE

December 10, 2018

Frédéric Bastiat was a French economist and author during the 1800s. Bastiat spent his life promoting the ideas of individual rights, and limited government. His work continues to impact the liberty movement around the world, most recently through the Bastiat Essay Contest — sponsored by Libre Afrique. Libre Afrique works in the French-speaking Senegal and Benin to promote the ideas of liberty — especially to younger generations.

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TOP TEN MOMENTS FROM #LFFD18

November 13, 2018

This year’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, #LFFD18, brought together over 700 people from 56 countries to celebrate the victories toward freedom made in the past year, to discuss shared challenges, and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms. This important gathering was made possible by the generosity of many donors, with a special thanks to the Smith Family Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust for funding key Atlas Network programs highlighted during Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. We also welcomed a number of freedom champions whose attendance had been underwritten by Alan Gibbs, Freda Utley Foundation, and The Lilly Endowment.

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FERNANDO HENRIQUE DE SOUSA MIRANDA WINS 2018 JOHN BLUNDELL ELEVATOR PITCH COMPETITION

November 7, 2018

Each year at Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner the graduates of that year’s Think Tank MBA class compete in the John Blundell Elevator Pitch competition, which gives participants a chance to refine their message in a competition for $1,000. Participants must deliver their message in 60 seconds or less to an eager crowd of hundreds of influencers at Liberty Forum.

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THINK TANK ESSENTIALS TRAINS THE LATEST CHEETAH GENERATION IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

August 22, 2018

Clearly defining and articulating an organization’s vision for the future is a common challenge among many organizations in Africa. In order to tackle this hurdle, 23 think tank professionals from across the continent gathered for a specialized Think Tank Essentials Training prior to the start of this year’s Africa Liberty Forum in Lagos, Nigeria. This training was hosted by Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy and facilitated by Atlas Network staff members, Dr. Lyall Swim and Tarun Vats, joined by independent facilitator Manali Shah. The training included sessions on charting an organization’s course, project management, marketing, communications, and public policy.

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