The Danquah Institute regards itself as guardians and ambassadors of the political and economic thought known as liberalism and how its promotion must benefit Africa and the African as members of the greater global community.

We seek through our work to advance Danquah’s beliefs in individual freedom, rule of law, multi-party democracy, liberal economics and equality of opportunity and ensure they inform the actions of the democratically-elected Government of Ghana and governments of other African states.

Through the examination, evaluation, publication and promotion of alternative and novel policy approaches based on these principles, together with a critical analysis of existing political prescriptions, we aim to improve the quality of the decision-making process and the efficaciousness of social, political and economic policies in Ghana and other African states.

Our intention is to make a courageous, imaginative, constructive and co-ordinated contribution to nation-building and Africa's development in general, with the purpose of enhancing the life of every individual citizen and, through this, the development of the Ghanaian, Ghana, the African and Africa.

We shall actively seek to promote our ideas, principles, values and ideals within Ghana and the African continent. In subscribing diligently, explicitly and conscientiously to those values of democracy, rule of law, human rights, free movements of people, ideas, cultures, knowledge, technology, goods and services, we can strengthen the building up of the power of Africa as an economic and peaceful, self disciplined and cooperative community of opportunities and individual liberties, a force of reason and initiative to be reckoned with and emulated in the global arena.

We will achieve this through:

Public advocacy of ideas and philosophy of J.B. Danquah, particularly amongst Ghana’s youth.
Research into governance, economic and media issues.
Publication of research papers, seminar proceedings and a periodic journal, the DI Quarterly.
Organisation of seminal events to provide a forum to debate and evaluate policy prescriptions.
Networking with other like-minded think tanks and organisations across the African continent.

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In recent years, neoliberalism has become an academic catchphrase. Yet, in contrast to other prominent social science concepts such as democracy, the meaning and proper usage of neoliberalism curiously have elicited little scholarly debate. Based on a content analysis of 148 journal articles published from 1990 to 2004, we document three potentially problematic aspects of neoliberalism’s use: the term is often undefined; it is employed unevenly across ideological divides; and it is used to characterize an excessively broad variety of phenomena. To explain these characteristics, we trace the genesis and evolution of the term neoliberalism throughout several decades of political economy debates. We show that neoliberalism has undergone a striking transformation, from a positive label coined by the German Freiberg School to denote a moderate renovation of classical liberalism, to a normatively negative term associated with radical economic reforms in Pinochet’s Chile. We then present an extension of W. B. Gallie’s framework for analyzing essentially contested concepts to explain why the meaning of neoliberalism is so rarely debated, in contrast to other normatively and politically charged social science terms. We conclude by proposing several ways that the term can regain substantive meaning as a “new liberalism” and be transformed into a more useful analytic tool. more >>>
Evidence Of Malpractices, Violations And Irregularities In The 2012 Presidential Election
OVERVIEW : BACKGROUND THE STATEMENT OF POLL AND DECLARATION OF RESULTS FORM NATURE OF THE MALPRACTICES, VIOLATIONS AND IRREGULARITIES FOUND DETAILS OF MALPRACTICES, VIOLATIONS AND IRREGULARITIES – STATISTICAL EVIDENCE Click Here for Full Presentation
The new mayor of Accra has given street and pavement hawkers up to June 15, 2009 to relocate themselves to the appropriate spaces provided for them. The Mayor has committed several information vans broadcasting in various languages to the masses throughout the metropolis on his impending intention – RID ACCRA OF FILTH. Can he achieve it? That is the big question! So far, the response from the hawkers appears to be that of obstinate stubbornness – “we won’t leave the streets unless they provide cheaper and affordable spaces for us”. He certainly is not the first Mayor to attempt the feat but I think a clean Accra can be attained.
Parliament shouldn’t approve $3bn Chinese commercial loan
The Parliamentary Joint Committee of Finance and Poverty Reduction is currently meeting in Koforidua (Tuesday, August 16 – Saturday, August 20) ostensibly to scrutinise, among others, a US$3 billion commercial term loan facility between the Republic of Ghana and the China Development Bank (CDB) to finance a series of projects, including the Achimota-Ofankor Road, a $150 communications infrastructure for the National Security Council, and a $100 million capacity building exercise for Ghanaian SMEs.
Dr J B Danquah, Ghana's President we never had (Part 1)
The image and memorabilia of some very prominent patriots who have spent the whole of their time struggling for the ideals of good governance and self-government have been pushed under the carpets of some so-called new era politicians. As to who did what in the past, bringing about the present that they have come to inherit, that will lead us into the future is not their concern.
Parliamentarians from around the world met in the Chamber of the Canadian House of Commons October 13–16, 2002, and formed the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC). At this meeting, corruption was identified as the greatest threat to the democratic ideal of self-government, endangering representative institutions selected in free elections by a broadly enfranchised people. Corruption was not only seen as a threat to democracy but also perceived to undermine economic development, violate social justice, and destroy trust in state institutions. In addition, if most commentators were right, corruption is getting worse in many countries and becoming an increasingly widespread phenomenon.
Brief Report On The Presidential Election Petition In Ghana
Four months before the 2012 general elections in Ghana, the seated President and ruling party candidate, John Atta Mills, passed away. At the time, the incumbent was down in the polls and Vice President John Mahama, then embroiled in a series of multi-million dollar corruption scandals, became the presidential candidate. Allegations of large scale, systemic bribery and systematic vote buying were common with this election. Checks show that an estimated $180m of unbudgeted expenditures were made from the treasury in the last 6 weeks before the election, much of which can be directly traced to efforts to influence the election illegally by bribing electoral officials and buying votes. Information provided to the opposition, prior to the election, alleged that the ruling party had set out to compromise electoral officers and other election agents in at least 180 of 275 constituencies across the country.
IMF July 2012 World Economic Outlook
In the past three months, the global recovery, which was not strong to start with, has shown signs of further weakness. Financial market and sovereign stress in the euro area periphery have ratcheted up, close to end-2011 levels. Growth in a number of major emerging market economies has been lower than forecast. Partly because of a somewhat better-than-expected first quarter, the revised baseline projections in this WEO Update suggest that these developments will only result in a minor setback to the global outlook, with global growth at 3.5 percent in 2012 and 3.9 percent in 2013, marginally lower than in the April 2012 World Economic Outlook. Click here for full report
Ghana Lauded For Its Democratic Credentials
Mr Ralf Wittek, Country Representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation, a based German organisation which specializes in political education, has lauded Ghana for the successes it had chalked as far as democracy on the African continent was concerned. He also lauded the civil society for forming an integral part of Ghana’s public discussions landscape and for helping to educate the citizenry on issues of governance.Mr Ralf Wittek, Country Representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation, a based German organisation which specializes in political education, has lauded Ghana for the successes it had chalked as far as democracy on the African continent was concerned.
Mike Ocquaye calls for bi-partisan inquiry into Vikileaks
Former Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency, Prof Mike Ocquaye, has called for a Parliamentary nquiry into comments made by sacked Deputy Communication Minister, Victoria Hammah, on a leaked tape. Prof Ocquaye who is also a former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament said Parliament is mandated to enquire into allegations of corruption such as those made by Victoria Hammah. Miss Hammah said on the leaked tape that has gone viral since last week that the Minister of Gender, Women and Social Protection played a key role in the August 25 ruling of the Supreme Court Judges on the 2012 Election Petition.