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    We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana.

    To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>


  • 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.


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Symposium Reflecting on the First Hundred Days of Prof. J.E.A. Mills’ Presidency, 20 April

This symposium was the Danquah Institute’s first public event, held on Monday 20 April 2009 at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra.

After an opening speech by Presidential Spokesman Mahama Ayariga, there were three forums featuring the following speakers:

  • Dr Kwesi Aning, Head of the Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution Department at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
  • Nana Ato Conduah, IMANI Fellow & CEO of Ato Conduah & Associates specialising in management, investment, communications and governance
  • Nana Bediatuo, Senior Partner at Ampem Chambers, an Accra-based law firm specialising in constitutional law and corporate law
  • Nana Akomea, NPP Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South
  • Dr Yao Graham, Coordinator of Third World Network-Africa, a pan-African research and advocacy organisation
  • Sampson Akligoh, Databank Economic Analyst with responsibility for Economic & Fixed Income Strategy
  • Kwaku Kwarteng, NPP Communications Director and former Government Spokesman on Finance
  • Bright Simons, Director of External Development and Research Fellow for IMANI
  • Dr Arthur Kennedy, former Chairman of the Communications Committee of the 2008 NPP Election Campaign
  • Professor Kwame Karikari, Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, a Ghana-based media advocacy organisation
  • Kwaku Sakyi Addo, Communications Specialist, two-time Journalist of the Year and winner of over a dozen profession awards
  • Raymond Archer, Editor-in-Chief of The Enquirer newspaper

The event succeeded in providing a forum for a more academic and intellectual analysis of developments in the first hundred days of Mills’ Presidency, characterised by a serious and substantive discussion with notably high-quality presentations from panellists.

Furthermore, the programme attracted considerable public interest, with the auditorium full to capacity throughout the day, reaching a total estimated crowd of 300 over the course of the day. As well as being carried live on the day Citi FM and Oman FM, it was also covered by the television stations as well as being the centre of discussion on all of the major radio stations the next morning. The print media also gave the event wide coverage with substantive pieces in The Daily Graphic and The Times and prominent reporting on the front pages of The Daily Guide, The Statesman, The Ghanaian Chronicle, The Daily Searchlight, The Independent and The New Crusading Guide.

Symposium on the Media and Elections, 3Q

The DI has already demonstrated its ability to hold major, successful national events which attract considerable media and public interest. Our second event on the Media and Elections will capitalise on this to further raise the profile of the DI as well as providing an opportunity to present our research on the Media and the 2008 Election. We have strategically timed the event to ensure it is characterised by considered reflection rather than inflammatory rhetoric, whilst remaining timely.

Well-respected media practitioners, communications experts and prominent commentators will be invited to speak on our research and present their own analysis.

The event will be open to the public as well as being carried live on radio to ensure as wide an audience as possible.

National Symposium on Biometric Voting, February 2010

The Danquah Institute will convene a major national symposium to examine and advocate for biometric voting for the 2012 elections. Bringing together experts on biometric technology with prominent decision-makers from Ghana, this event will seek to advance understanding of the benefits of utilising biometric data to enhance the reliability and security of elections. The Government of Mozambique will be invited to speak on their experience of using a biometric voting system, in the wake of their October 2009 election in which they will use this technology for the first time. Comprehensive analysis of the cost, risks and requirements of the system will help address existing concerns and hopefully overcome remaining reservations.

The primary target audience for this event will be high-level representatives of the major political parties and Government, key figures from bodies such as the Electoral Commission, National Identification Authority and Ghana Police Service, and diplomats from international partners’ whose support – financial and otherwise – will be crucial for the changeover to biometric voting.