The paper problematises the issues of democracy and good governance in Africa and analyses their future prospects especially in the 21st century. Liberal democracy and good governance, beside market reforms are the new puzzle words on the global agenda. Indeed, the three issues appear to be organically linked in the present context, with the hegemony of the liberal capitalist ideology in the international arena.

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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.

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The clamor for democracy all over the globe is not accidental. Those who go about such business of agitating for democratization are convinced that no society truly desirous of development can ignore democracy. The democratic experiences of the developed countries of the world lend credence to the truth of this claim. However, the reverse seems to be the case in many of the third world countries where there has been a huge golf between the anticipated gains of democracy and the reality on ground.

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A national opinion poll conducted by international market research organization, Synovate, has the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 5 percentage points ahead of his closest rival, President JEA Mills, Presidential Candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress, in the run up to the 2012 general elections.

However, if elections were held today Nana Akufo-Addo would lead but still fall short of the more than 50% mark required for outright victory. The opinion poll carried out in September this year surveyed a total of 1,723 respondents.

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A payments scandal hits the NDC government
President John Atta Mills is coming under fire for a payments scandal involving a supporter of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). The saga revolves around the revelation in the local press that the government had paid GH¢58m (US$35m) to a Mr Alfred Woyome, in a judgement payment relating to the termination of a construction contract by the government for stadium refurbishment in the run-up to the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (Coupe d'Afrique des Nations, CAN).
M&J Prosecutor arrives in Ghana
The prosecutor for the Mabey & Johnson international corruption case which ended in a conviction in the United Kingdom last September, has arrived in Ghana to deliver two public lectures on how to tackle Money Laundering and International Corruption. While in Ghana, he is scheduled to meet some public officials, as well, notable amongst them is Justice Emile Short, the head of the Commission for Human Rights & Administrative Justice. more >>>
CADA DISCUSSES OVER VOTING
Of late Ghanaians have become obsessed with throwing electoral ‘jargons’ around arising from the recent Election Petition in the Supreme Court of Ghana and most people have overnight turned themselves into Electoral Specialists in view of the enormous interest generated during the petition hearing. However, there are still lack of clarity and understanding in some of the widely used electoral terminologies. The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) a ‘Think Tank’ of Election Experts, has taken upon itself the challenge to critically examine some of the terms that created confusion in the minds of people during the court proceedings. One of such terminologies is over voting whose definition is still ambiguous even after the ruling of the Supreme Court. CADA therefore discusses the term Over Voting in the first of its series.
Supreme Court Judgment on The Presidential Petition
REPUBLIC OF KENYA IN THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI (Coram: W.M. Mutunga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court; P.K. Tunoi; M.K. Ibrahim; J.B. Ojwang; S.C. Wanjala; N.S. Ndungu, SCJJ.) PETITION NO. 5 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- RAILA ODINGA ..................................................................PETITIONER -AND- 1. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 2. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN 3. UHURU KENYATTA 4. WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO .................RESPONDENTS AS CONSOLIDATED WITH PETITION NO. 3 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- 1. MOSES KIARIE KURIA 2.DENIS NJUE ITUMBI 3. FLORENCE JEMATIAH SERGON ........................PETITIONERS -AND- 1. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN .....................RESPONDENTS 2. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION AND AS CONSOLIDATED WITH PETITION NO. 4 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- 1. GLADWELL WATHONI OTIENO 2. ZAHID RAJAN ............................PETITIONERS 1 -AND- 1. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN 2. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 3. UHURU KENYATTA 4. WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO .....................RESPONDENTS JUDGMENT A. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 4TH MARCH, 2013:
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. ~ William Butler Yeats Do politicians ever think of the kind of life the average Ghanaian 'worker' lives? Not even the unemployed - the one who has a job -- any kind of job. Take the mother who operates a small table-top 'shop' or any mother who buys and sells, micro scale -- hours upon hours a day, rain or shine, with a baby tied to her spine. She does so giving 24-hour care to her toddler; if she's lucky her 8-year-old daughter may come and help her out, while she takes time off to cook for other members of the family and back to selling; in the heat, fighting off flies amid the fumes and vrooms of modernity.
Press release on Thursday public forum on Govt/STX Korea Housing Deal
Danquah Institute(DI), The Imani Centre and The World Bank are organizing a public forum to probe Government’s US$1.5 Billion Supplier’s Credit Facility Agreement for Housing with STX Korea, a construction firm from the Republic of Korea. Tuesday June 01, Accra– Danquah Institute (DI), a leader in policy advancement, advocacy and research in collaboration with the World Bank and Imani Centre will on Thursday 3rd June hold a public forum at the British Council Hall on the feasibility of the agreement between the Government of Ghsna and STX Korea for the construction of 200,000 housing units for $10 billion.
Report: Universal healthcare in any country requires mandate
WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- The United States is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world but when it comes to healthcare coverage, it is only on par with developing nations like Ghana and Brazil, a Council on Foreign Relations report states. The CFR conducted a roundtable discussion Tuesday on the findings of its newly released report -- "The New Global Health Agenda: Universal Health Coverage" -- which deals with the economic advantages of universal healthcare.
Sim Card Registration against Human Liberties
The plan by the Mills-led National Democratic Congress government to acquire telecommunication monitoring equipment to monitor calls in the country is against human dignity and privacy. It also constitutes unnecessary control and curtailment of the rights of the citizenry.These were the sentiments expressed by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and Franklin Cudjo, Executive Director of Danquah Institute and Executive Director of IMANI Center for Policy Education respectively when they addressed participants at a seminar on Liberalism and Liberal Solutions on Thursday.
Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations
2011 saw dramatic changes in Africa’s governance landscape. Unprecedented popular demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya led to the overturning of a century of autocratic rule in North Africa.These protests, demanding greater political freedom, economic opportunity, and an end to systemic corruption, have resonated deeply across Africa, sparking calls for change throughout the continent. Already home to more of the world’s democratizing states than any other region, even modest reverberations from the Arab Spring on Africa’s democratic trajectory will have implications for global governance norms, stability, and development. Click here for report
Al Hajj Should Leave DI out of their Propaganda
The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a publication by the Al Hajj Newspaper of 26th of September 2013, and subsequently reproduced on several online news outlets, including Ghanaweb. The Al Hajj Newspaper reports, somewhat incomprehensibly that the Danquah Institute perceives and/or plans on using the “New Free Press” as a destructive tool to run-down the Asantehene “with the accusation of conspiring with President Mahama to bribe the Justices of the Supreme Court, to rule in the latter’s favor.”