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AFRICA LIBERTY FORUM FORGES CONNECTIONS, STRENGTHENS COLLABORATIONS AMONG PARTNERS

August 24, 2019

More than 150 freedom champions from 29 countries met in Nairobi, Kenya for Atlas Network’s 2019 Africa Liberty Forum. The two-day conference, which was co-hosted by local partners African Students for Liberty (ASFL), is an annual event to bring together leaders from think tanks and civil society organizations from all over Africa, creating opportunities for dialogue that focuses on challenges facing the continent as well as launching collaborations that will most effectively advance the cause of liberty.

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AUDACE INSTITUT AFRIQUE WINS 2019 AFRICA LIBERTY AWARD FOR RURAL LANDS PROJECT

August 23, 2019

Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast​), has 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.” The $7,000 prize is generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust and is part of Atlas Network's suite of Regional Liberty Awards. The two other finalists—IMANI Center for Policy and Education (Ghana) and African Students for Liberty International (Kenya)—were each awarded $1,500. The award was announced at Africa Liberty Forum 2019.

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KUTIYOTE WINS THE 2019 THINK TANK SHARK TANK PRIZE

August 22, 2019

John Mustapha Kutiyote of Students’ Organization for Liberty and Entrepreneurship (SOLE) is the winner of the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank for his pitch to end cultural discrimination that takes private property rights away from women in South Sudan. The $5,000 prize will be spent on an awareness campaign that includes special workshops, community meetings, and radio outreach to help women understand their rights.

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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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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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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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