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Female footballers to the rescue
I wasn’t in the mood to worry about what was a normal Ghanaian situation of going from construction to rehabilitation, with no maintenance in between.
sports  football  maintenance  Development  Ghana  Africa  culture  mum 
8 weeks ago by amaah
Spreading it thin
I discovered in 2003 that if the entire budget of the republic were allocated to only the Ministry of Education, we would still not have enough money to build and equip schools from kindergarten to universities, train and pay our teachers adequately and modernise education to make us competitive in the world.
Economics  Development  poverty  ghana  Africa  mum  policy  Politics 
8 weeks ago by amaah
We can’t disgrace yams
Why are we all not eating every day, fried yams, roasted yams, baked yams, yam mpotompoto, yam ampesi, yam fufu and all the other yam recipes my grandmother had?
farming  agriculture  Development  ghana  Africa  culture  Economics  mum  observation 
8 weeks ago by amaah
The man to clean up our banks
The first time I heard the word “failed” used in relation to an inanimate thing, I was puzzled and got increasingly fascinated by the concept.

I heard it from an engineer friend who, in referring to a newly constructed road, said parts of the road had failed.
Humour  banking  Ghana  Africa  mum  culture  observation  failure  development 
8 weeks ago by amaah
The earth belongs to them also
What is really on my mind today is something that strikes me forcibly every time I go on that road and which seems to exacerbate every day. On this 150-kilometre stretch of road now, it is not possible to find a five-kilometre stretch without human activity of some kind.
Development  urban  city  Ghana  Africa  culture  mum  environment 
8 weeks ago by amaah
Reduced to a wreck on the street
I have it on good authority that the biggest number of people arriving at Accident and Emergency departments in all hospitals and clinics in the country are motorbike riders and those they have been in contact with.
roads  safety  transportation  Development  Ghana  Africa  culture  mum 
8 weeks ago by amaah
Justice in ramshackle courts
it is impossible to conduct any honourable business in the ramshackle structures that pass for courthouses in parts of the country. And I will have great difficulty submitting to the pretension that these were official buildings where the people worked, deserved any respect.
law  Infrastructure  Ghana  Development  poverty  politics  culture  observation  mum  Africa 
8 weeks ago by amaah
America’s Signature Mode of Transportation Is High-Cost Rail – Hmm Daily
American infrastructure is this costly because of immense, endemic, universal public-private corruption—systems of both direct and financialized graft at every stage of infrastructure development, from the planning to the ribbon-cutting to the use of deferred maintenance to ransack public transportation budgets for cash, year after year, after which the responsible authorities
infrastructure  corruption  France  USA  transportation  ShellGame  Economics  Development 
february 2019 by amaah
SQL Is No Excuse to Avoid DevOps
The Five Phases of a Live Schema Change

The running code reads and writes the old schema, selecting just the fields that it needs from the table or view. This is the original state.
Expand: The schema is modified by adding any new fields but not removing any old ones. No code changes are made. If a rollback is needed, it's painless because the new fields are not being used.
Code is modified to use the new schema fields and pushed into production. If a rollback is needed, it just reverts to phase 2. At this time any data conversion can be done while the system is live.
Contract: Code that references the old, now unused, fields is removed and pushed into production. If a rollback is needed, it just reverts to phase 3.
Old, now unused, fields are removed from the schema. In the unlikely event that a rollback is needed at this point, the database would simply revert to phase 4.
data  Technology  database  BestPractices  Development  Software  evolution  Design  Architecture 
january 2019 by amaah
Letter from Africa: How to get Ghanaians to pay their taxes
A modest proposal:
"So, instead of saying you can't have a drivers' licence, passport, free secondary school education for your children, or even go on dates unless you have a TIN number, the new rule should be, you can't get an undertaker, buy a coffin, dig a grave, keep a body in the morgue, have chief mourners and hold a funeral of any kind unless and until you can produce a TIN."
taxes  Ghana  Africa  Development  Regulation  culture  humour  observation  perception  Economics  informal  policy  strategy  satire  funerals  mum 
december 2018 by amaah
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
1.7 million Ghanaians (or 6% of Ghana’s population) applied for the U.S. diversity lottery in 2015
migration  immigration  Africa  Europe  usa  poverty  Development  statistics  research 
march 2018 by amaah
The Race to Solar-Power Africa
electricity and its killer apps - cell phone charging
Energy  Development  Africa  Ghana  Tanzania  Economics  Strategy  finance  LowEndTheory 
january 2018 by amaah
Why do Ghanaians leave home?
Frostbite and lost fingers for some, Mediterranean drowning for others, and still Ghanaians want to leave home
ghana  africa  immigration  waste  culture  despair  poverty  development  observation  history  mum 
february 2017 by amaah
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