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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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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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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The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.

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Biometric verification in December polls will be
The Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper, Ben Ephson has predicted it will be suicidal for the Electoral Commission to implement full electronic voter verification in the December elections. Ben Ephson served the warning on Accra-based Radio Gold’s Power Drive morning show on Wednesday and according to him, voter verification would not be a panacea to vote rigging or electoral fraud in the December 7 polls.
BoG denies using dollar auctions to stop cedi depreciation
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has dismissed reports that it will consider rolling out weekly dollar auctions on the foreign exchange market as one of the measures it will adopt to prevent further depreciation of the cedi against the dollar. Some financial analysts have opined that the move is one of the measures the Central Bank was likely to adopt.
Contribution of Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on budget statement 2012
Madam Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to contribute to the motion on the Budget Statement for 2012. The budget is the most important document that governments produce. It is a powerful tool in influencing economic and social development. The budget determines whether there is equitable access to services by different groups of the population such as women, children, the disabled, the poor and other minority groups. more>>
Gabby scoffs at govt’s attempt to reverse sinking education standards
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education. It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.
The Danquah Institute has predicted that Government is "very likely" to miss its revised end-of-year inflation target of 14.5%, despite projections by the highly reputable Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) that inflation could fall to 14.2% by the end of December. The institute also fears that World Bank prediction that another 500,000 Ghanaians would fall below the poverty line by 2010 “may be alarmingly conservative, considering subsequent unimpressive economic indicators since that prediction was made in June.”
DI press statement on illegal money transfers
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are grateful to you for honouring our invitation to attend this press conference. The purpose of today’s gathering is primarily to brief you and the general public on research undertaken on illegal money transfers to Ghana from the Diaspora and its effects on the Ghanaian economy. You can ask questions after this session and they will be duly answered. As some of you may recall the Danquah Institute in March 2010 invited a leading legal expert on money laundering and offshore banking, John Hardy QC, to Ghana to deliver a paper on the subject. The objective of the lecture was to educate the financial sector, the business community, policy makers, the general public and the international community about the prospect of Ghana’s offshore status and measures that needed to be taken to safeguard the status against money laundering.
DI: $265m STX Insurance is a Rip-Off, Gov’t Can Save $200m with MIGA
Thursday, July 29, 2010:- This week, the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning submitted, what it termed, “Revised Memorandum to Parliament” and a revised supplier’s credit financing agreement between STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited (as ‘Supplier’ – not ‘Lender’) and the Government of Ghana in relation to the $1.5 billion financing of the Security Services Housing Project. In a press statement reacting to this new development after the agreement was withdrawn from the floor of Parliament recently, the Danquah Institute limited its comments to the fees and insurance premium, which it has condemned as “a total rip-off”.
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.
Gabby: Youth Need Need Education, Skills and Jobs, Not A National Youth Policy
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has criticized what he calls “a hopeless national obsession with a Youth Policy, which hitherto its absence for a long time served as a topic of agitation for youth groups and a convenient excuse for how we have failed in preparing the vast majority of Ghanaian youths for the future.”According to him, “Sadly, Ghana remains hooked on form and not substance. Yet, everything a society does is about the youth. Even pension schemes are set up to provide for the youth in their old age. We should just stop wasting time and get on with the real task of building a society of opportunities, which means recognizing that the foundation of our nation is the education of its youth.”
Ghana seeks 40-year plan binding successive governments
Ghana's national development planning commission has begun preparations for developing a 40-year plan that seeks to outdo political, ethnic and geographical aspirations of the country, and to bind successive political leaders to following its implementation.