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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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Latest Papers

Nigeria’s Crisis of Cronyism and Conscience

Nov. 26th, 2014

By Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu

Many will tell you Nigeria is undergoing a highly sensitive period of revitalization. That our country, home to the largest economy on the continent, is making bold strides to position itself as a conduit for African integration and a leader in its geopolitics.

However, as we approach what can only be described as hotly contested elections in February of 2015, one thing remains abundantly clear – oligarchy is oligarchy. Feudalism may forever be feudalism. Nigeria’s polity remains in cyclical quagmire and its casualties are the very citizens being told that change is on the way.

This week, I announced that I was pulling out of the Senatorial race in my district, that of Abia State’s Northern region. I did so, not because I did not believe that we could fundamentally enhance my home State’s infrastructure, supply electricity to Abians and work with our partners in the public sector so as to ensure the next generation of Nigerians are not disillusioned by false promises and self-serving bureaucracy. No. I left for the same reasons that so many of those before me have – out of disgust for the cronyism that denies innovation, entrepreneurship or even competition to flourish in the private and indeed political arena. For Abia, much like Nigeria, is suffering from a crisis of such cronyism, one entirely revisable yet utterly out of our grasp.

We’ve heard this tale before. Our military, though adamantly entrusted to protect our citizenry, has sometimes been used (historically noted) as a weapon for the aims of the political elite. We look no further than in the words and actions of the resurgent spirit of Fela Kuti to view a depiction of governance run amok, free will and speech stifled and glad-handing ensuring a select few reap the benefits of natural resource abundance, while the remaining in the periphery suffer.

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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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