CEDEP News

After Accra: Delivering on

In September 2008, the Third High Level Forum (HLF) on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, Ghana, drew together some 1,700 people: developing country ministers of finance and planning, heads of multilateral and bilateral development agencies, parliamentarians, representatives of global funds and the private sector, representatives of a broad cross-section of civil society organizations, operations-level staff, journalists. These were people with vastly different backgrounds and points of view, representing institutions with distinct mandates, histories, and agendas.

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Adis: Modern medicine

Defying popular belief in Ghana that AIDS is caused by witchcraft, large-scale intervention programs for improving health standards have convinced people to trust medical explanations of the disease.ver thirty per cent of Ghana's inhabitants believe supernatural forces could be responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS.

"The spread of AIDS is usually larger in less well-off areas. With lower income, little education and a higher share of illiteracy, Ghana's Northern regions are traditionally poorer that the Southern ones. Still, people in the Upper East Region seem to have a better grasp of the actual infection mechanism behind this terrible epidemic," said professor and sociologist Knud Knudsen at the University of Stavanger.

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Gender Balance Needed in WAEC

The 58th annual conference of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) got underway yesterday with Liberia’s former Education Minister Dr. Evelyn S. Kandakai calling for ‘gender equity’ in the structure of the Council.

The ceremony was held at Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Speaking on the theme, The West African Examinations Council: Pan Africanism, Gender and Development, Dr. Kandakai called on authorities of WAEC not to keep women in obscurity, but to rather encourage them seek the path to classrooms.

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