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Individual freedom is at the heart of the Danquah Institute’s philosophy, which takes as its basis the works and beliefs of Dr J.B. Danquah, who saw it as his duty "to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice, as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen."

The Danquah Institute adheres to the doctrine that the duty of the state is to guarantee to individuals substantive freedoms to make them active agents in their own individual development, and that by so doing we will achieve real and lasting national development for our people.

We therefore believe that supporting, promoting and protecting a competitive multi-party democracy in which freedoms flourish is vital for our development and will lead to better government acting in the interests of the people by creating an atmosphere in which government is most effectively scrutinised and held to account by the public, media and opposition politicians. We furthermore hold it to be true that subjecting the economy to market forces, with the active engagement of local people from positions of strength, is the most effective way of guaranteeing efficiency, innovation and wealth-creation for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

The Danquah Institute believes Africans must look more within and wider within for both their individual and collective advancement. We believe in the free movements of people, ideas, knowledge, technology, cultures, goods and services across Africa. The Danquah Institute believes that the regional blocs should be the most effective vehicles for achieving an integrated Africa, but that the regional blocs must operate with a common continental framework. In December 2, 1926, Dr. Danquah wrote, “You cannot make a nation of Africa [except] by securing unity in West Africa...” Dr Danquah, who reasoned that "by securing unity in West Africa, and by securing African rights in the Western portion, you thereby raise the general standard of African welfare..." for all to follow, saw regionalism as a more effective, practical way of achieving unity for the continent and that the strength of that regionalism would lie on the viability of its parts. Hence, his focus then on Ghana as a launching pad. The Danquah Institute believes the African private sector and civil society must not leave the integration process to the politicians to determine and drive its pace and scope.

The Danquah Institute shares a belief in these tenets with all adherents of the Danquah-Busia philosophy, but is nevertheless not an arm of any political party though they may share this dispensation.

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Ghana yesterday condemned the unwarranted military seizure of power in Mali during the early hours of Thursday, March 22. She has therefore, joined ECOWAS and AU in demanding that the military junta, the National Committee for the Rectification of Democracy and Restoration of the State (CNRDR), and its leader, Captain Amadou Aya Sanogo, take immediate steps to relinquish power and return Mali to legality and constitutional rule.
The Danquah Institute, an Accra-based policy think tank, has called on the collective leadership of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union to actively show, with urgency, leadership and concern in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Such a priority engagement could boost ongoing domestic efforts at finding a democratic solution to the pending constitutional crisis in the biggest black nation in the world,” the think tank argues, adding that the situation is threatening Nigeria’s democracy and the stability of the region. After a longer history of instability, coups, military dictatorship and controversial elections, Africa’s most populous nation is struggling to contain the ramifications of a seriously ill, and absent, president.
The Jomoro District Acting Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Albert Awuah, has said that political tolerance is the key to peaceful elections. He is therefore asking Ghanaians to cherish and maintain the peaceful atmosphere of the country.
NDC’s 100 days of ridding filth, left Ghana ridden with cholera – Dr Bawumia
One of the major challenges militating the development of the country, undoubtedly, is the issue of sanitation, and all the four vice presidential candidates who participated in the IEA debate conceded that the prevailing condition is nothing to write home about.Currently, the percentage of persons who have access to good sanitation is hovering around 14%, woefully below the recommended 55% by the Millennium Development Goals.
CAO appraisal for audit of IFC on Jubilee Fields
In light of the April 2010 Macondo well blow out and oil spill events in the Gulf of Mexico, the CAO vice President initiated an investigation to assess IFC's procedures and standards when appraising investments in deepwater offshore oil and gas exploration projects. As of September 2010, IFC was involved in deepwater offshore oil and gas development of the development of the Jubilee Field in the waters offshore of Ghana. Click here for the full report
Press Statement: Public forum on Gov't/STX Korea Housing Deal
The Danquah Institute and the Imani Centre, with support from the World Bank and our media partner, Citi FM. We were compelled to hold this emergency stakeholders forum of the Ghanaian building industry because of moves by Parliament to approve a US$1.5 billion Supplier's Credit Financing Agreement between STX Engineering and Construction Ghana Limited as Lender and the Government of Ghana in relation to the financing of the 30,000 housing units under the Security Services Housing Project. This comes out of the agreement signed on the 9th December 2009, between STX Korea and the Ghanaian government for a joint venture to build 200,000 residential units across all 10 major regional capitals of Ghana at a cost of US$10 billion. Frank Tackie, the President of the Ghana Institute of Planners, representing also the Ghana Institute of Architects, the Ghana Institute of Engineers and the Ghana Institute of Surveyors, said alternative local building materials, local expertise and better value for money can be achieved if Government had focused on Ghanaian firms, materials and expertise rather than Korea.
The Danquah Institute is organsing a symposium at the University of Ghana on Thursday, 17 September. The theme of the symposium is: Has Ghana a Founder or Founders? The symposium is part of DI's mission to enhance today's generation of Ghanaians' appreciation of the country's history as an essential part of efforts towards nation-building. The symposium is being organised in conjunction with the national secretariat of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG). It will take place at 4pm at the conference hall of the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra and feature speakers and historians from different ideological traditions.
DUFFUOR’S DISINCENTIVISING DISINFLATION VICTORIES
On Wednesday, June 14, the Ghana Statistical Service announced a single digit inflation of 9.52 for the month of June, which Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor, according to media reports, told Ghanaians that it is the first time the country has achieved a single digit inflation rate since 1999. The GSS, in the same week, brought out some very worrying figures which confirmed that Ghanaians have gotten poorer. Per capita income was $654.80 in 2007. It moved up impressively to $713.33 in 2008. By the end of 2009, per capita income had fallen to $659.21. Which means that every Ghanaian was on an average $54.12 worse off last year than they were in 2008. Yet, Government spin doctors, conducted by the Finance Minister, want us to focus mainly on the discordant vuvuzelating chorus of a single digit inflation.
PRESIDENT MAHAMA MUST EXPLAIN THE SEIZURE OF GHANA’S GOLD IN TURKEY
The Danquah Institute is deeply concerned about news from Turkey and in the international media to the effect that 1.5 tons of Ghana’s gold, which was said to be heading for the Islamic Republic of Iran, was seized in Turkey. The 1.5 tons of gold, worth some $80 million, is said to be “Ghana’s financial commitments to Iran” over a transaction, details of which are not known to the public. Interestingly, this seemingly curious transaction took place over the election period and at the time of the transition. What is also curious is the choice of the President to travel to Turkey around the time of this unspoken crisis and yet this issue has not featured in any official communication about the Presidential trip.
Is Danquah Institute’s Warning/Threat of Legal Action Against the EC is Folly?
The Danquah Institute is reported to have warned the Electoral Commission not to create new constituencies based on the boundaries of new forty two districts that are soon to be created. The Institute further threatened to challenge the Electoral Commission at the court if the EC creates new constituencies based on the new districts (see “DI Warns: EC Cannot Create New Constituencies Based on New District”, Ghanaweb 19 March 2012). The thrust of their argument were that, the government by creating the new districts is compelling the Electoral Commission to create new constituencies based on the boundaries of new districts.