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.

Other Stories

Jubilee Field's Project Costs Inflated?
IMANI recently issued a statement about what we believe are major fiscal risks that need to be managed by government. One of the two major risks we cited is the declining level of production in the Jubilee field. In simple words, the amount of oil being produced in Ghana’s only producing oil field is *falling*, and therefore generating less cash than expected for the government’s budget. Production has fallen from a peak of nearly 90,000 barrels per day in 2011 to nearly 60,000 barrels today.
On two definitions of over-voting and ballot accounting
In challenging the validity of President John Mahama's election, the NPP has leveled five main allegations of electoral malpractices and irregularities against the Electoral Commission of Ghana (hereafter EC). One of these allegations is over-voting. There are two definitions of over-voting in elections. Over-voting occurs when (a) the number of votes cast exceeds the number of registered voters (call this the first definition), and/or (b) the number of votes cast exceeds the number of ballots issued to voters (call this the second definition). These are definitions of the incidence or occurrence of over-voting. It appears that the NDC believes that the first definition is the only valid definition of over-voting. For example, the General-Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in his affidavit observed that: Full Document
Two regime shifts divide the economic history of Korea during the past six centuries into three distinct periods: 1) the period of Malthusian stagnation up to 1910, when Japan annexed Korea; 2) the colonial period from 1910-45, when the country embarked upon modern economic growth; and 3) the post colonial decades, when living standards improved rapidly in South Korea, while North Korea returned to the world of disease and starvation. The dramatic history of living standards in Korea presents one of the most convincing pieces of evidence to show that institutions -- particularly the government -- matter for economic growth.
Ghana gov’t urged to increase credit ratings
A financial analyst and CEO of SEM Capital, Dr. Sam Mensah, has said that Ghana needs to raise its credit ratings as an alternative to facilitate any form of borrowing especially on the capital market. He made the assertion during a roundtable discussion organized by the Danquah Institute and partnered by the World Bank and Citi FM on the three billion Chinese loan facility, which has been contracted by the Ghana government for various development projects.
What Kennedy Agyapong actually said, unedited
A lot of twists have been put on the interview granted by the MP for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong on an Accra radio station, Oman FM, in the middle of the biometric voter registration exercise in Ghana. We provide below an unedited, the transcript of what he said, which was partly in English and partly in Twi. This has been done in order to put the records right.
Is IPAC losing its focus towards electoral transparency?
After the much anticipated need for electoral reforms in Ghana to stem the tide of voter fraud, it is beginning to look like the government has finally buckled to the wishes of common sense that the kind of voters register we have used since 1992 is redundant, retrogressive unwanted and to a large extent archaic. The wish of common sense would have been that we switched to biometric registration followed by e-voting. Somehow the government has agreed to fund the biometric registration but has curiously refused to fund the e-voting. Be that as it may the next step is to give the various political parties a clear road map to the implementation of the biometric registration.
Biometric Registration: The next step in Ghana’s Democratic Development . Some Troubling Questions for the Government.
Needless to say, Ghana has been the leading light in the West African sub-region since before the dawn of independence. Indeed our independence was, to be accurate, achieved in a bloodless manner – achieved more through ‘jaw jaw’ with the Colonialists than by force. Thus was established the abiding image that Ghanaians are a peace loving people, a democratic people. Other than President Nkrumah increasingly losing his respect for multiparty democracy which invited the 1966 coup d’etat, and subsequently other needless military interventions, including the Acheampong and Rawlings coups, our country has managed in 54 years of existence, four Republican Constitutions, the fourth of which we are currently enjoying.
Afari Gyan Caught on Pink Sheet Serial Numbers
Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission on Monday found it extremely difficult to defend the rationale for the occurrence of pink sheets with same serial numbers and the printing of two sets of pink sheets as contained in the response of the Eectoral commission to the 2nd amended petition and as had been stated by the Electoral Commissioner himself while in the witness box.
S&P affirms ratings on Republic of Ghana at 'B/B'
The Republic of Ghana benefits from strong GDP growth, strengthening oil production volumes, and a track record of political stability. However, it continues to suffer from weak fiscal management highlighted by a widening of the fiscal deficit in 2010 and increased supplier arrears. We are therefore affirming our 'B/B' foreign- and local-currency sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of Ghana. The stable outlook balances our view of the country's strong growth prospects and track record of political stability against its weak payment culture and fiscal challenges.
China in Africa: Beware the dragon bearing gifts
While China is investing billions in Africa, it is also busily extracting its precious natural resources. Many are now questioning if the east's involvement in Africa will be any more beneficial than the west's has been. It'is a sweltering October afternoon 20 kilometres to the west of the booming mining town of Karonga in northern Malawi. The sun is beating down on vast swathes of dusty, arid land, parched by months without rain. Teams of Chinese labourers from the China Road and Bridge Corporation are working on a large construction project to build a road from Karonga to the remote town of Chitipa.