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Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, with deteriorating safety and lack of economic opportunity overshadowing any gains made on the human rights front especially in resource-rich nations, a survey said on Monday.

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Distinguished Guests, the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Danquah Institute was invited by the coalition of pressure groups agitating for a new register to come and share with the general public the doubts we have raised over the last few years on the integrity of the voter registration that took place in 2012 and the way forward. We accepted the invitation and I am happy to say that this is my first public statement since my appointment by the governing board of the institute as its Executive Director on 1st September.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.

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Danquah Institute Reacts to Bogus Polls On NPP General Secretary Race
The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media and now on www.ghanaweb.com, as well, titled “Danquah Institute predicts 64.7% win for Kwabena Agyepong.”
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Ghana's debt hits $13.9 billion and growing
Ghana’s total debt has doubled in just two years under President JEA Mills. Documents available to the Danquah Institute indicate that Ghana’s total debt is $13.9 billion currently. At the end of 2008, when the New Patriotic Party left office, Ghana’s domestic debt stood at GH¢4.8 billion (or $3.170bn in today’s exchange rate). At the end of 2010, under the National Democratic Congress, this had shot up to Ghc8.28bn ($5.47bn).
Reclaiming the Land After Mining
The Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability (FESS) works to improve environmental security around the worl d, focusing in particular on the fragile relationship between populati ons and the environment in developing countries where many people are directly dependent on natura l resources for their livelihoods. FESS works with government officials, researchers, civil society organiza tions, and the private sector to increase awareness of how the mi smanagement and abuse of natural resources can lead to social, economic, and political in stabilities that can contribute to social tension and even violent conflict. To a ddress environmental ri sks to stability, FESS conducts research and implements community-d riven projects that promote sustainable management of natural resour ces and the environment.
The Relevance of the Monetary Policy Rate in the Monetary Transmission Mechanism
In May 2007 the Bank of Ghana formally adopted inflation targeting (IT) as the framework for stabilizing prices within the economy. Since then, significant progress has been made in developing the policy framework as well as the institutions and markets that underpin its implementation – money and capital markets have been developed, there is a framework for forecasting liquidity, and a broad range of instruments with which to conduct monetary policy is available Click here for full report
China’s oil trade with Africa is dominated by an opaque syndicate
WHEN the man likely to become China’s next president meets an African oil executive, you would expect the dauphin to dominate the dealmaker. Not, though, with Manuel Vicente. On April 15th this year the chairman and chief executive of Sonangol, Angola’s state oil firm, strode into a room decorated with extravagant flowers in central Beijing and shook hands with Xi Jinping, the Chinese vice-president and probable next general secretary of the Communist Party. Mr Vicente holds no official rank in the Angolan government and yet, as if he were conferring with a head of state, Mr Xi reassured his guest that China wants to “strengthen mutual political trust”. more>>>
Press Release: Monetary Policy Committee - September 2013
Members of the Press, let me once again welcome you to the press briefing on the MPC’s assessment of economic developments over the past eight months of the year, the outlook and the positioning of the policy rate.
Democracy and Africa’s Search for Development
The clamor for democracy all over the globe is not accidental. Those who go about such business of agitating for democratization are convinced that no society truly desirous of development can ignore democracy. The democratic experiences of the developed countries of the world lend credence to the truth of this claim. However, the reverse seems to be the case in many of the third world countries where there has been a huge golf between the anticipated gains of democracy and the reality on ground. Click here for full report
Africa Report on New and Emerging Challenges
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Whether you are FO or not, you had to go through verification – Afari Gyan
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Kwadwo Afari Gyan, on Monday confirmed that the number of “Face Only” voters (FOs) in the register does not really matter with regards to the issue of voters verified by the biometric device as all voters were verified by the biometric voter verification device. Dr. Afari Gyan made this disclosure which enforces the point made by main witness of the petitioners, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia while being cross examined by lead counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison.