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Arcadia Foundation

The Arcadia Foundation promotes democracy and curbs corruption in governments all over the world. We fight on-the-ground for those with little control over their lives, who yearn for understanding and support from their governments. We provide the platform, the tools and the training for political activism and encourage dialogue and transparency between government and their citizenry.

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Arcadia In The News

Ex-Telecom Execs Charged With Foreign Bribery, Money Laundering

Dec. 27th, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against two former executives of a Miami-based telecommunications company accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to government officials in Honduras to maintain a long-distance telephone link with the U.S. Read More

Arcadia Foundation – Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Interview

Nov. 2nd, 2010

Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe sits down with the Arcadia Foundation to commend them on their efforts to uphold democracy in developing nations and promote fundamental human rights wherever they are being upheld. Read More

Betty Bigombe Receives Dutch Rights Prize for Peace Effort

Apr. 11th, 2010

2305Arcadia Foundation President and former Chief Mediator between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Betty Bigombe has been awarded the Geuzen Medal for 2010 for her efforts to end the war in northern Uganda.

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Mugabe sees diamond industry boosting Zimbabwe economy

Nov. 7th, 2014

According to the Associated Press, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday said the country’s diamond sector must shore up the economy, urging local gem cutting and polishing to add value.

“Diamonds should play a pivotal role in the economic development of our nation,” Mugabe said at a Zimbabwe diamond conference in the capital Harare attended by international industry players.

“The diamond industry provides vast opportunities for growth.”

Mugabe said the southern African nation is working on promoting the establishment of local diamond cutting and polishing centres to reap maximum benefit from the gems.

He bemoaned frequent power cuts and antiquated mining machinery as factors hampering the performance of the country’s diamond industry.

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Memo to Obama: Give Africa The Chance to Defend Its Democracies

Aug. 5th, 2014

This week, at the kickoff of the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, President Obama will hear from young people, women, civil society leaders, change agents, stakeholders, heads of state—and one rather-opinionated defense contractor.

For that arms maker, Ivor Ichikowitz, the message is simple: Give Africa the chance to defend its democracies. Ichikowitz is the executive chairman of Paramount Group, the largest privately-owned defense contractor on the African continent. He says he is attending the summit in Washington to make the case to the Obama administration that African countries should be encouraged to build up their own intelligence services, militaries, and national police to combat the continent’s rogues, insurgents, and fanatics.

Needless to say, human rights groups are not exactly thrilled about the proposal, which just so happens to dovetail rather nicely with Ichikowitz’s business interests. They don’t even need to mention his rather tangled relationships with some of Africa’s leaders, past and present.

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Is the Door Always Open? A Perspective on Artistic Diversity in Decline

Jul. 8th, 2014

The following was penned by Kofi Buahin, a Ghanaian-born artist and multimedia production entrepreneur and former enlistee with the United States Navy:

Acclaimed author Igor Torony- Lalic recently published a column in which he decried norms bordering ‘reverse racism’ and specifically, wrote at length on the undertone of a new unequal union in the beautifully dystopian, ever-imperfect industry of art. “Short of chaining minorities to seats”, Mr. Torony-Lalic remarks on the subject, “…arts institutions couldn’t have done any more”.

It’s a bold stance (though admittedly part of a larger narrative which the author no doubt masterfully crafts); it is one that warrants attention and will likely garner interest and support. However, it is important to note that when forecasting the state of this union, longstanding inequalities do linger.

They deter not just a worthwhile education in the arts, but stifle the ambitions of those who feel that their gifts have been crafted and are, perhaps at a young age, ready for the prominent stage to showcase them. Born in West Africa and early in my life I believed that I wanted to be the best artist in the world.

In this light and with these ambitions in mind, I believe a refresher is seemingly needed on the current appetite of the industry internationally to promote artists from seemingly unique walks of life. Perhaps a barometer is required to gage exactly how level the playing field truly envisions itself to be in contemporary art and indeed culture, after so much ‘progress’ has been achieved.

Ageism, apparent in the discrimination of artists young and old, continues to halt the forward-trajectory of many talented individuals who dared to dream with the gifts they have been given and adamantly believe that their ideas are of equal merit.

They continue to reach for opportunities consistently denied to them, ever-climbing despite in some cases, a lack of traditional training and worse yet, the dreaded alibi for their inevitable disentitlement, ‘seasoning’. In Nigeria and around the world, sexism, as another example, is a cross-sectoral threat to budding genius and innovation.

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