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  • Foresight Africa: Implementing a New U.S.-Africa Policy -

    2013 ushered in the most significant change in the United States’ Africa policy since the passing of PEPFAR 10 years ago. The unveiling of investment-focused initiatives—Power Africa and Trade Africa—reflects not just a change in how the Obama administration views the continent, but also how foreign investors have prioritized it. But policy rarely achieves its objectives without equal attention to implementation. A number of implementation barriers—old regulations and new policies working at cross-purposes, and limited on-the-ground capacity—threaten to undermine America’s new approach to the continent in 2014. If 2013 was marked by change in U.S. strategy towards Africa, 2014 will be marked by the recognition that 90 percent of the success of that strategy is implementation.

  • Statistical Proof of Ghana's Bloated Voter Register -

    This is the Age Distribution of Ghana’s 2010 population of 24.391 million.

    This number includes all persons domiciled in Ghana as at 2010 regardless of citizenship.

    Although the elections were held in 2012, the voter register was compiled at a time when these were the population distribution

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  • NPA’s 10% reduction in Petroleum Prices – “Too Little” or “Too Late”? -

    NPA’s Arrogance or Economics?

    On the eve of the New Year, 2015, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced a reduction in ex-pump prices of petroleum products by 10% across board. This was not without drama. Most of the headlines that followed the announcement pointed to price reduction under duress. A number of civil society organizations and political parties put pressure on NPA to reduce the prices due to reasons such as the oil price crush and relative stability in the value of the local Ghanaian currency. Some of the organizations threatened public demonstrations against NPA and the Government; a situation that was expected considering that petro-politics is a feature of petroleum pricing in most parts of the world.

  • NDC RIGGING MACHINERY IN MOTION …. as DI raises red flags over suspicious NHIS registration numbers -

    Public policy and governance think tank, the Danquah Institute has expressed grave concern about the Electoral Commission's decision to register all persons in the country who, simply, are in possession of identity cards issued by the National Health Insurance Authority.

    At a press conference organised by DI last week, a fellow of the institute, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, explained that “one of the objects of the National Health Insurance Authority” as captured on the NHIA’s website which states that “persons not resident in the country but who are on a visit to this country” can obtain NHIS cards is deeply worrying.


    FITCH Rating’s latest report on Ghana lays particular emphasis on the importance of Ghana’s democracy and stability to the country’s economic prospects. Whiles it gives a negative outlook based on how the economy is being run, Fitch makes the point that Ghana’s credit rating has not, however, fallen below ‘B’ because of the country’s “strong governance record and recent democratic history,” and that, this is “reflected in Ghana’s ability to attract foreign direct investment, which at 7% of GDP is well above that of Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia, Kenya and Angola.”

  • Danquah Institute Reacts to Bogus Polls On NPP General Secretary Race -

    The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media and now on www.ghanaweb.com, as well, titled “Danquah Institute predicts 64.7% win for Kwabena Agyepong.”

  • The Monetary Policy Committee - November 2013 -

    You are welcome to this Press briefing. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) held its 58th meeting on November 25 to 27, 2013 to review the latest economic developments and the monetary policy stance. I present to you the outcome of the deliberations.

    The latest projections by the IMF indicate a pickup in the pace of global activity from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 3.6 percent in 2014, driven largely by the advanced economies with the impulse to global growth expected to come mainly from the United States against weaker prospects in emerging market economies.

  • Africa’s tax systems: progress, but what is the next generation of reforms? -

    Mick MooreTaxation is zipping up the development agenda, but the discussion is often focussed on international aspects such as tax havens or the Robin Hood Tax. Both very important, but arguably, even more important is what happens domestically – are developing country tax systems regressive or progressive? Are they raising enough cash to fund state services? Are they efficient and free of corruption? This absolutely magisterial overview of the state of tax systems in Africa comes from Mick Moore (right), who runs the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD). It was first published by the Africa Research Institute.

    Anglophone countries have led the way in reforming tax administration in Africa, considerably more so than their francophone peers. The reasons for this are numerous. Networks of international tax specialists are based mainly in English-speaking countries. Many of the modern systems that promote best practice within tax authorities were developed in anglophone countries, especially Australia. International donors, and particularly the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), have directly and indirectly promoted a lot of reform of national tax authorities. In fact, this has been one of the success stories of British aid.

  • TWO DECADES OF FREEDOM: What South Africa Is Doing With It, And What Now Needs To Be Done -

    As the 20th anniversary of the birth of democracy in South Africa, on April 27 2014, approaches, it seems a perfect opportunity to take a step back and get a long-range perspective on the important question: “So, what has Nelson Mandela’s South Africa done with its freedom?”

    Goldman Sachs has produced this report in the hope of contributing to- wards a more balanced narrative on South Africa; one, which in the wake of 2012’s tragic events at Marikana, had become somewhat hysterical, short-term and often negative

Danquah Institute To Chief Justice: Televise NPP'S Historic Legal Case

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Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, the Executive Director of research, policy and governance think tank, Danquah Institute, today appealed to Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, who presides on all cases before the Supreme Court, to allow television cameras to broadcast all proceedings of the upcoming law suit by the New Patriotic Party, which intends to prove that a manipulation of the actual election results by the Electoral Commission resulted in a faulty declaration of John Drahmani Mahama as the winner of the 2012 presidential election.

He said, a live televised broadcast of such a historical case for our democracy, with its far-reaching implications for this and future elections, would reduce opportunities for some people to put a self-serving spin on the proceedings and decision of the court, with the intention of inciting undue negative reactions from an already divided nation.

“Full transparency,” the head of the Danquah Institute said, “will help all Ghanaians accept the ultimate decision of the court.  We need to televise this case for the benefit of the people and the growth of our democracy. Ghana needs it. Africa needs it.”

He continued, “Every Ghanaian must have the opportunity to see and hear what is happening in the court room in order to help form their own informed view of proceedings. This would reduce opportunities for an aggrieved party to spin the outcome of the case in a way that could negatively heighten tension and incite party supporters to react violently or in similar negative fashion.

“To treat public information on this case like any other court case is to leave it to party propagandists and newspapers to spin proceedings with the risk of spinning our democracy and stability onto dizzy heights and out of shape. I believe the Supreme Court has the opportunity and responsibility to help minimize any such potentially dangerous public reaction to this case by making it truly public,” stated Otchere-Darko.

"Imagine that the NPP is right: that the evidence is staggering and overwhelming; and when finally presented to the court in painstaking detail will prove that a deliberate, systematic, and coordinated manipulation of vote results took place, which violated the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people.  This is a process which the entire Ghanaian people need to see with our own eyes.  The right to vote is the most important and sacred civil right in a democratic country like Ghana which every Ghanaian has an interest in safeguarding, we all need to have the chance to be able to follow this legal action. Transparency is absolutely crucial here for the sake of the judges, the parties and the nation.

This is perhaps the highest-stakes case our Supreme Court has ever heard and it offers a perfect opportunity for our courts to open their doors to cameras for the first time," he stressed.

Otchere-Darko went on to argue that there are even precedents involving cases of democratic accountability and transparency of a much lower scale: "Sittings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and various commissions of enquiry are regularly televised. Parliamentary sessions and vetting of Ministers of State and Supreme Court Justices are likewise televised.

“We at the Danquah Institute, therefore, feel that it is fully appropriate for people to witness how our independent legal institutions handle this entire monumental matter from beginning to end where evidence is to be adduced and how the evidence stand up to strict legal and arithmetical tests.”

Otchere-Darko added further, this case is a test “not just of our Ghanaian democratic credentials but also of Africa, as a whole. The world must be allowed access into the court room to take to another important level Ghana's leading role in shaping and defining the integrity of elections in Africa.”

He also cited the famous American election of 2000, in which ballot disputes in the State of Florida were televised. He noted that there is a need to assure people of the same level of transparency that is being asked for to resolve Ghana's political crisis today.

As long as the NPP's case is filed within the 21-day period after the declaration of the results of the presidential election provided for by the 1992 Constitution, there is likely to be one of only three outcomes: that (1) the President John Mahama duly won the 2012 election (2) Akufo-Addo won (3) no candidate received the more than fifty per cent of valid votes cast as required by the Constitution and that there should be a run-off.

Otchere-Darko said, it remains open that the results of the election may be annulled thereby invalidating a presidential inauguration if already held. Although this possibility in itself is already envisaged by the Constitution, “any proceedings that would lead to such a historical turn of events must be fully transparent and comprehensible to the people of Ghana and televising proceedings is the easiest way of achieving that”, according to the DI man.

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