June 2023

Military operation on Galamsey very ineffective – CSIR 

Dr. Mensah added that their activities had evolved over the years and had come with different names, some of which include Operation Fight Galamsey in 2006, Operation Flash Out Artisanal Small Mining (ASM) in 2013, Operation Vanguard in 2017, and Operation Halt in 2021. All these were aimed at cracking down on the cartels involved …

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Military operation on Galamsey very ineffective

Dr. Albert Kobbina Mensah, Soil Research Officer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has stated that the military’s approach to dealing with the galamsey menace has been ineffective since the 1980s when their operations were first introduced. Dr. Mensah added that their activities had evolved over the years and had come with …

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CSIR report exposes ineffectiveness of military operations against galamsey

Dr Albert Kobbina Mensah, a Soil Research Officer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has expressed concerns about the military’s approach to tackling the galamsey menace, stating that it has been ineffective since its introduction in the 1980s. Speaking at a virtual policy dialogue organized by the YAFO Institute, Dr. Mensah highlighted the various operations conducted …

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Ghana’s informal mining harms health and the land – but reforms must work with people, not against them

Artisanal small-scale mining has been practised in Ghana for over a century. In 2018, small-scale miners generated 2.1 million ounces of gold, accounting for 43.1% of total gold production in the country. The sector employs 60% of Ghana’s mining workforce. But this production has come at a cost: water pollution, land degradation, the destruction of agricultural fields, and the discharge …

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Ghana’s Debt Crisis: The Consequences of Six Years of Reckless Borrowing and Mismanagement.

Last year December (28/12/2021), I wrote an article titled “Trouble in Paradise: Ghana, the Land of Gold & Wahala”. In this article, I detailed the dangerous economic mess Ghana finds itself in and the consequences for the nation. In the year 2022, Ghana experienced most of what was predicted in the article. Ghana is currently …

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Policy Dialogue: Fintech & Blockchain Innovations for Free Trade

This round table event aims to explore the potential of fintech and blockchain innovations in promoting free trade in Africa. The event will bring together policymakers, fintech experts, blockchain innovators, and industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of using digital technologies to enhance trade and economic growth in Africa.  Africa’s economic landscape is …

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The Erosion of Journalism Ethics: Unveiling the Dark Side of Media Consultancy.

The practice of gathering, verifying, and publishing news and information to the public serves an important role in society as a watchdog, a forum for educated debate, and a means of holding those in power accountable. Journalism’s key purposes include informing the public, promoting transparency, and encouraging an engaged and well-informed populace. The public trust …

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Breaking the Cycle: Military Approach against Galamsey has been ineffective Since 1980

Dr. AK Mensah who has done rigorous study in the area of Artisanal Small-Scale mining added that, the military approach has been ineffective since 1980 when it was first introduced. Afterwards, despite its ineffectiveness, the military approach against galamsey has resurfaced under different names thus Police Taskforce in 1990, Operation fight illegal mining in 2006, …

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Advancing Free-Market Based Solutions for Sustainable Mining in Ghana: Insights from YAFO Policy Dialogue

The mining sector in Ghana plays a significant role in the country’s economy, particularly in the production of gold. To address the challenges and promote sustainability in the mining industry, the YAFO Institute organized a policy dialogue focused on free market-based solutions for sustainable mining in Ghana. One of the notable presentations during the event …

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