The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.

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Ghana's national development planning commission has begun preparations for developing a 40-year plan that seeks to outdo political, ethnic and geographical aspirations of the country, and to bind successive political leaders to following its implementation.

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US President Barack Obama is prepared to broker peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan.

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Financial Times on Nigeria: SEC interview transcript
As Nigeria’s new securities regulator, Arunma Oteh has a tough task ahead of her. Africa’s second-biggest stock market is struggling to recover from a crash that has wiped $50bn off its market capitalisation from its March 2008 peak. Allegations of foul play abound – to be probed in the investigation Ms Oteh has ordered. In her first interview with a foreign media organisation since taking up her post as director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the start of the year, Ms Oteh tells Tom Burgis, the FT’s West Africa correspondent, of her “transformation agenda”. more >>>
It has emerged that the 442 million Euros (US$585m) loan agreement presented to Parliament last month and yet to be approved for the provision of 200 ambulances and the construction of 12 district hospitals, is with a company in the Czech Republic, Opus 7, that deals in clay, stove lining and masonry cement. Among the more than half a billion dollar loan deal with the Ghana Government, the clay-based manufacturer has offered to build 12 district hospitals at the cost of $40 million each. There are currently 70 districts in the country without district hospitals. The existing quality and capacity of district hospitals suggest that the loan facility, nearly $490 million of which are for the construction of hospitals, could put 70 district hospitals at a unit cost of $7 million or half the number at $14 million per district hospital.
What the Supreme Court said on Dual Citizenship: Prof Kweku Asare vs The Attorney General
In modern times tthe courts have shed much of their conservatism in the construction of statutes. The purposive role of construction is now the dominant rule for the construction of statutes. This in effect gives reality a triumph oveer dogmatic theories of law. Click here for Justice Atugubah's ruling Click here for Justice Date-Bah's ruling Click here for Justice Sophia Akuffo's ruling
Report on the Presidential Election Petition in Ghana
The international community, generally, endorsed Ghana’s 2012 elections as “free and fair.” Ghana, the continent’s star of democracy, had done it once again for Africa. John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in without any violent protests on January 7, 2013. But, the country’s biggest opposition party filed a petition in Ghana’s supreme court, (the first of its kind in the country’s history), challenging the presidential results. Click here for full report
Extreme weather, extreme prices – what will more erratic weather do to food prices?
With greenhouse gas emissions at an all time high, and the world lurching towards a third food price spike in four years following the worst US drought since the 1950s, there is an alarming gap in our knowledge - how will an increase in extreme weather caused by climate change affect future food prices? To date, research on food prices and climate change has looked almost exclusively at the averages: how gradually rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns will affect long-run average prices. It points to a future of higher food prices: Oxfam-commissioned research last year suggested food prices could double in the next 20 years
Gabby: Ghana’s 2008 Election was Flawed
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute has said that the 2008 general elections of Ghana had so many flaws and that he fears the country is not showing any serious interest in putting measures in place to avoid that in 2012. “Even though every vote was seemingly counted not every vote counted in the final analysis. And, if every vote counts then certainly not every vote was properly counted in 2008. Both parties must be blamed; but what are we doing now to cut out that cancer of electoral malpractices from our system for the future? We must wake up now, start thinking and working on it,” he urged all stakeholders.
Justice Atuguba Weeps For Legal Aid In Ghana
Majority of Ghanaians are practi- cally denied access to the justice sys- tem because of dire economic needs, and many suspects languish in cells and jails, some as long as 10 years for lack of legal representation. This gloomy picture was painted by Supreme Court Justice William Atuguba, Chair of the Ghana’s Legal Aid Scheme in “A conversation of Access to Justice in Africa: The ex- perience of the Legal Aid Scheme in Ghana February 21 at the Fordham University School of Law, Manhat- tan New York. He conceded that he knew very little of the Legal Aid Scheme until he assumed its chair- manship in 2010. Justice William Atuguba was appointed to Ghana’s Supreme Court in 1996 and is cur- rently the head of the nine-member panel of justices deliberating the landmark electoral lawsuit brought by the main opposition New Patri- otic Party against the Electoral Com- mission. According to Justice Atuguba the Legal Aid Scheme, constitutionally created in 1987 to benefit citizens
2012 Supplementary Budget
Madam Speaker, it will be recalled that I had the honour on behalf of His Excellency, President John Evans Atta Mills in presenting the 2012 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government to this august House on 16th November, 2011, based on which an Appropriation Act was passed. It has become necessary for me to appear before this august House once again to present a Mid-Year Review of the performance of the economy and a Supplementary Estimate of Government in accordance with Article 179 (8) of the Constitution and Standing Order 143 of Parliament. Click here for supplementary budget statement Read highlights of the budget statement
Press Statement: Towards a stronger Statistical Service
Earlier today, the Ghana Statistical Service organised a press conference to assert that the Service is credible, and that their principles and methods for gathering and processing data have not changed. This defensiveness is unnecessary. The Ghana Statistical Service, as a state institution, needs to receive feedback on its work and use such feedback to improve its performance and output. The GSS must not assume that any criticism of its work is an attack on its credibility. Read more>>>
The Partnership of Free Speech & Good Governance in Africa
Freedom of speech is not just valuable as a democratic end in itself. It is strongly linked to popular perceptions of both media effectiveness and good governance, according to new data from Afrobarometer, collected during face-to-face interviews with 51,605 people in 34 countries during 2011-13. People who indicate they are free to say what they think also report higher levels of trust in their leaders, lower levels of corruption, and better government performance – especially greater success in fighting corruption. Greater freedom of expression is also linked to mass media that are more effective in keeping a watchful eye on government. These findings can be interpreted in several ways. It is possible that capable, effective and trustworthy governments also grant greater freedoms to their people and their media.