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Welcome 2012!

Quick Country Profile

Country: Republic of Ghana
Population: 24 million with approx 2.5 million in Accra
Fast Facts: Located in West Africa with Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, Cote d'Ivoire on the west, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
Once ruled by ancient kingdoms, later to trade with the Portuguese in the 15th century. It is the 2nd largest producer of cocoa. Listed as 2011's fasting growing economy by Economy Watch using IMF's GDP tracker.  Elephants.
English is the official language of Ghana, but French is also taught in high schools. Universities offer courses in Chinese highlighting Ghana's ties with China. Just over 15% of the population is Muslim, with the majority at 70% Christian. April-October is the wet season with November to March being the dry season.
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BTC's Social Responsibility Spotlight

Kibera- Nairobi

Part 1

*As taken directly from Shadow Cities- A billion squatters, A new urban world by Rrobert Neuwirth. Dedicated to squatters everywhere. Published by Routledge 2006. New York, NY.

'In the end it doesn't matter whether we are hypercapitalist or ultraleftist. The point is to look at the facts. Not one government in existence is successfully building for the poorest of the poor. So the poorest of the poor are building for themselves. That may not fit into any great ideological category, and is certainly illegal according to current law. But it is sensible, patriotic, and worthy of a true citizen. In answer to Marcuse, I'd stress that the squatters, through their illegal act, are tacitly calling into question social and economic norms that don't serve the mass of people...' pg 301

'Property is both necessary and inexusable. It does seem to be part of human nature to want to feel that…