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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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Orji Uzor Kalu Condemns “Draconian” Abduction of the Sun Editor Ebere Wabara

Mar. 29th, 2014

“Aba is not Pyongyang and Nigeria, not North Korea,” stated Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former two-term Governor of Abia State and world-renowned corporate entrepreneur.

Speaking from London, Dr. Kalu made the comparison while sharing in the disbelief of accredited social enterprises such as the Arcadia Foundation, long a proponent of curbing corruption in developing governments, regarding the officious behavior of the present Abia State administration in their unwarranted abduction of Nigeria’s ‘The Sun’ Newspaper editor, Mr. Ebere Wabara

“Although details remain vague at this point, I must denounce such criminal behavior [if verified], executed by those no doubt seeking to subjectively punish and persecute individuals who simply aim to express their opinions in our assumedly-open media marketplace,” stated Dr. Kalu.

Although the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and of the press, Nigeria’s boisterous media sector has long faced numerous challenges from state and non-state actors alike. Western non-governmental organizations such as the Arcadia Foundation and Freedom House have repeatedly documented attempts to “…suppress political criticism and intimidate journalists into silence”.

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Iraqi Sunni Leader Insists On Strong Guarantees In Exchange For Weapons Transfers From U.S. To Baghdad

Jan. 21st, 2014

The leader of the al Arabiya Bloc and Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Salah Mutlaq on Monday returned from a week of talks with policy-makers in the United States about their intentions to sell advanced weapons to the current government of Nuri al-Maliki, which has asked Washington for Apache helicopters, Hellfire missiles and other advanced weaponry in what it maintains to be a campaign against al Qaeda-linked terror groups operating inside Iraq.

“I was very clear with those whom I met in Washington,” Mutlaq explained on his return to Iraq. “While we believe strengthening a professional and secular Iraqi army is critical to recovering the kind of security we once knew, today there is a wide reality gap between such an idea and what we actually see on the streets of Baghdad, Fallujah, Ramadi, Baquba, Tikrit, Kirkuk, Mosul, and cities throughout Iraq,” Mutlaq said. “We need solid guarantees such weapons will not be used against Iraqi citizens, and that the government that receives them will respect the will of the voters when an election comes in four months time,” he added.

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Power is Private: Accountability Rapidly a Business Decision in Nigeria

Nov. 23rd, 2013

Nigerians rarely play their beliefs like cards close to the chest. They are politically impassioned and never miss a moment to voice their opinion, be it online, at a press conference, or at a gathering in the family home. However, despite unique agribusiness opportunity within the near-80% of arable land that comprises the nation, gains in foreign direct investment (FDI) and the development of a Sovereign Wealth Fund, political candor can sometimes echo a comfort in pessimism.

Certainly it is far easier to reverberate the negatives, it seems, than to highlight the prospects during this ascendancy to the aptly titled ‘MINT’ (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey) echelon.  It is simpler to lean on the age-old adages of the regional and religious fragmentation that has divided this West African juggernaut than to discuss the multifaceted intentions to bridge the voids that had at one point greatly diminished our purchasing power parity (PPP) potential.

And it is out of this complacency turned disillusionment and ahead of elections in 2015 that it is no coincidence that the Federal Government disclosed plans to use the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in 2014 as a platform to drive greater FDI into Nigeria, precisely when it announced its intention (albeit met with a necessary degree of doubt domestically) to privatize the nation’s four refineries within the next four months.

The only question remaining is indeed why this liberalization has taken so long?

Nigerian citizens have framed our political leadership as not just accountable but as directly responsible for what they perceive to be a sorry state of affairs – widespread violence in the North, kidnapping and environmental degradation in the South, poverty at a near unfathomable scale, as most recently and certainly controversially suggested by the World Bank, which claimed that over 100 million are destitute in-country at present.

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