Solomon Appiah

Solomon Appiah is a Public Policy Researcher. He earned a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Erfurt. Having worked as a research consultant for organizations like the Africa Progress Panel in Geneva, his trans-disciplinary research interests are mostly Africa-centered. These include natural resource governance, citizen participation, and economic and industrial development.

African Youth and the Job Market: Asset or Liability?

Jul 07, 2014

To become a transformational force for good, African youths must be employable. At the African Gold Rush: 2014 NYU Africa Economic Forum, Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s vice president for Africa, mentioned the fundamental challenges facing the continent. One of these key challenges is equipping Africa’s “greatest natural resource,” its human capital, with “the modern … Continue reading "African Youth and the Job Market: Asset or Liability?"

Africa and the West: Revising the Rules of Engagement

Mar 16, 2014

The West needs to let Africa take charge of its own destiny. Lately, some African countries have signed anti-gay legislations. The consequence has been retribution from the West in the form of withdrawal of aid and vilification in international media.

Africa: Tackling Illicit Outflows

Mar 09, 2014

Tax-free havens threaten the global economy. As far back as the early stages of the global financial crisis in 2007, Nick Mathiason citing the African Union (AU) reported: "More than $150 billion a year is looted from Africa through tax avoidance by giant corporations and capital flight using 'a pinstripe infrastructure' of Western banks, lawyers and accountants."

Africa Must Industrialize Now

Jan 12, 2014

In order to make its current growth sustainable, Africa must rethink its economic focus. In 2013, a major policy discourse within and between the supranational bodies that influence policymakers in sub-Saharan Africa was the industrialization of the continent. These bodies include, but are not limited to, the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Industrialization is defined as: "The process in which a nation or continent transforms itself from a primarily agricultural society into one based on the...

Equity in Extractives: A Clarion Call from the Africa Progress Panel

May 18, 2013

The recently launched African Progress Report 2013 addresses the important topic of equality in extractives, and recieved a lot of media attention.  A Little History There are critical junctures in human history where a clarion call is issued against an injustice so great but tolerated in one or more parts of the world. The succeeding decades following this call are greatly shaped by how the global family responded to such cries. One such call was the demand to end slavery in the USA. Some headed the call, while others chose not to thus triggering a war between those on either side of the call.

Religion, Peace and Prosperity

Sep 24, 2012

Is there a correlation between religiosity, peace and prosperity?  Comparing Nigeria, Ghana and China sheds light on this question. According to the most recent Win-Gallup International’s Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism 2012, the country with the most people believing themselves to be religious in the world is Ghana (96%) followed by Nigeria at a close second (93%).  

Today’s Economic Warfare: Calling for Further Regulation in Financial Markets

Sep 18, 2012

Conspiracy theory or legitimate threat? Solomon Appiah says that loopholes in the global financial system exist and need to be taken seriously. Countries have long used Economic Warfare to meet national interests by employing commerce and shipping tactics like blacklists and blockades. One could even argue that policies like structural adjustment programs and inequitable international trade policies fall under the definition of Economic Warfare.

Ghana’s President Dies: What’s Next?

Sep 06, 2012

With the untimely death of Ghana’s president the nation’s state of democracy is put to the test. On 24 July 2012, a dark shroud of sadness seemed to have cascaded over the sub-Saharan nation of Ghana owing to a bright light in the person of Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana who died at the age of 68. Condolences to all Ghanaians!

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