Tag: ellen johnson sirleaf

Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

Voters pick two for run-off in historic Liberian elections

| October 18, 2017

(GIN)—Voters in Liberia were lining up at dawn last week to choose new leadership for a nation whipsawed by health and other challenges under the 12 year administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. As of Monday, out of a field of 20, the top vote getters were George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change leading with […]

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Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

| October 10, 2017

(GIN)—Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf winds up her presidential career this month with a major record of achievements as Africa’s first female head of state. The economy is four times its size when she took office in 2005. The national debt has been wiped out, schools are being built and enrollment is up. The country […]

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Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

Liberian warlord recalled as evangelical ex-wife throws hat in ring

| January 25, 2017

(GIN)—As Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s six year term in office draws to a close, political hopefuls are jockeying for position to fill the top seat. Among them is the ex-wife of convicted warlord Charles Taylor. The selection of Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor has resurrected, for some, the Taylor nightmare of a brutal war and the senator’s […]

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Liberia announces moves against guns, light weapons

Liberia announces moves against guns, light weapons

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—U.S. cities fighting to get guns off their streets are not alone in the struggle. Liberia is there too. This week, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf declared by proclamation that all persons who surrender small arms and light weapons under a regional weapons collection program would be granted amnesty. President Sirleaf’s concern went beyond guns linked to […]

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Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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Africa leaders don Indian kurtas in sign of warming ties

Africa leaders don Indian kurtas in sign of warming ties

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A four-day super summit of Indian and African business leaders, ministers, and, of course, media, gave a boost to Indian influence on the continent and a tweak to China, the other Asian giant in the region. With more than 40 African heads of state in attendance at the gathering in New Delhi, it was one […]

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Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

Tax-dodging multinationals feel heat at Addis Ababa confab

| July 14, 2015

(GIN)–Closing the income gap between rich and poor countries of the world will be on the table at a U.N.-sponsored policy conference this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite months of planning and debate, few expect the needle to move on this important issue. A relatively obscure gathering, the Finance for Development (FfD) confab is […]

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Summit leaders honor ‘accomplished African women’ at awards banquet

Summit leaders honor ‘accomplished African women’ at awards banquet

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)–This year’s focus on accomplished women was not totally overlooked at the African Union Summit despite its preoccupation with the President of Sudan, migration, xenophobia and other pressing issues. An awards banquet was hosted by the African Union/Diaspora African Forum at the five-star Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton City, Johannesburg on Friday. The presentation categories were […]

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‘Invest In Our Girls,’ says Liberia’s ‘Ma Ellen,” if Africa is to rise

‘Invest In Our Girls,’ says Liberia’s ‘Ma Ellen,” if Africa is to rise

| June 27, 2014

(GIN)—In an open letter dated June 16—the International Day of the African Child—Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no “Africa Rising” without a serious investment in  young girls. The key to addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges is a quality education for all children, especially girls, the former World Bank official known as […]

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Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

(GIN)—After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations,  the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands. The celebration comes after months of advocacy by community members, the Sustainable Development Institute and Friends of the Earth […]

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