Sierra Leone mudslide was a preventable man-made tragedy

Joseph Macarthy, Njala University Sierra Leone is still reeling from the effects of a mudslide that killed nearly 1 000 people, left hundreds missing and rendered thousands homeless. After about five hours of heavy rainfall, the mudslide came down Mount Sugar-Loaf and almost wiped out Mortome. This is a relatively new settlement which emerged as …

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Entrepreneurship and Libertarianism Created in Sierra Leone

The Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-GHANA) has helped to create free-market and entrepreneurial-minded youths and students in Sierra Leone. Participants have been inspired to take up entrepreneurship to create business opportunities for themselves. The theme for the maiden cross-border conference is “Economic Freedom, Individual Responsibility, and Grassroots Initiative.” A country that fought a …

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Ebola, Zika epidemics are driven by pathologies of society, not just a virus

David Sanders, University of the Western Cape This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting society. The global health threats posed by recent viral epidemics, such as avian flu, H1N1, Ebola and Zika, have been happening too frequently to be dismissed as …

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Africa News Headlines – Special ‘Panama Papers’ Edition – 4 April 2016

A selection of Africa news headlines from the past 24 hours about the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal Who is who on the list? Notable Africans in the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ Source: The News Hub The Panama corruption papers and the Sierra Leone connection Source: Sierra Leone Telegraph Ex-miners swindled E1.2 billion in offshore scandal Source: Times …

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How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

Gearoid Millar, University of Aberdeen Reports about land-grabs in Africa often attack the corporations that stand to profit from such projects. But little is said of the international development banks that fund the projects. Development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund, because human rights protection is central …

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