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The Danquah Institute was established on 4 February 2008 to act as a policy think-tank, research and analysis centre.

The Institute is named after Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah (21 December 1895 – 4 February 1965), one of Ghana’s founding fathers who established Ghana’s first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention, in 1947, earning him the moniker “the doyen of Gold Coast politics”. In addition to his political activities, Dr Danquah was a noted lawyer, philosopher, scholar, journalist and theologian.

Located in Accra, the DI is headed by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a UK and Ghana-trained barrister and solicitor. A former Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman newspaper, PR expert and prominent media commentator, Gabby has made a significant contribution to Ghanaian political discourse over many years. As a former strategist for the centre-right New Patriotic Party and one of the key advisors to that party's 2008 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, he brings to the Danquah Institute a rich political background that gives the Institute unique authority and insight into the problems facing Ghana today as well as assuring its influence and command over the political agenda.

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What Makes Countries Rich or Poor?
The fence that divides the city of Nogales is part of a natural experiment in organizing human societies. North of the fence lies the American city of Nogales, Arizona; south of it lies the Mexican city of Nogales, Sonora. On the American side, average income and life expectancy are higher, crime and corruption are lower, health and roads are better, and elections are more democratic. Yet the geographic environment is identical on both sides of the fence, and the ethnic makeup of the human population is similar. Read full article
My take on Arthur K's Elephant book
I decided to purchase a copy of Dr Arthur Kennedy’s book to find out what the entire furore had been about. The book is largely a recount of his experiences as part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s presidential campaign and his input into a campaign that narrowly failed to retain power for the NPP.Throughout the book, one can see that Dr Kennedy is influenced to a large extent by US political practices. This can be seen from the quotations he uses at the beginning of each chapter and the justifications he gives for some of the recommendations he made to the Akufo-Addo campaign. The American influence is so pervading that in quoting from Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of blood’ speech, he described him as an American Conservative Politician instead of a British one. Enoch Powell’s speech in 1968 was considered racist and no one, certainly in Britain, would consciously quote from it. It was a speech that finished Powell off as a politician.
GCPP objects to STX deal
The Great Consolidated Popular Party, GCPP, has added its voice to those opposing the government’s deal with the STX construction firm. The party whose founder, the late Dan Lartey, popularised the term "domestication" in Ghanaian politics says the government would be doing a great disservice to local contractors if it goes ahead with the deal in its current form.
33% Ghanaians to vote based on employment
A survey conducted by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has revealed that 33 percent of Ghanaians say employment creation is the third most important issue they will consider before they vote. At a ceremony to outline the findings to the media, Mrs. Gertrude Zakaria-Ali Director of Reasearch at the NCCE said the research conducted in March this year, was to ascertain the issues of importance to voters in the run up to the December polls.
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>>>
Bank of Ghana Monetary Policy Committee Press Release
I wish to share with you the latest information available on the economy, the assessment of the Monetary Policy Committee on the state of the Ghanaian economy and the positioning of the Monetary Policy Rate Fiscal and sovereign debt problems continue to confront the economies of advanced countries. These problems continue to constrain the pace of global recovery. The delay of the US Congress in dealing with the US debt ceiling is also a matter of concern. However in Emerging and Developing Economies, growth continues to be brisk and prospects of sustained growth are high. Click here to read full report
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 Kufuor To Give First Major Address In Ghana Since Leaving Office
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What Does the Reshuffle Mean for Developing Countries?
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Why China Does Capitalism Better than the U.S.
One of the great ironies revealed by the global recession that began in 2008 is that Communist Party–ruled China may be doing a better job managing capitalism's crisis than the democratically elected U.S. government. Beijing's stimulus spending was larger, infinitely more effective at overcoming the slowdown and directed at laying the infrastructural tracks for further economic expansion.