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  • GHANA MUST WAKE UP, SHOUT FOR A NEW REGISTER AND SHAKE UP THE EC -

    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

  • Shifting Power? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives -

    Accountability and transparency initiatives hav e taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of th e century. Many actors involved with them – as donors, funders, programme managers, implementers and researchers – are now keen to know more about what these initiatives are achieving.

    This paper arises from a review of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives which gathered and analysed existing evidence, discussed how it could be improved, and evaluated how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. This paper takes the discussion further, by delving into what lies behind the methodological and evaluative debates currently surrounding governance and accountability work. It illustrates how choices about methods are made in the cont ext of impact assessment designs driven by different objectives and different ideological and epistemological underpinnings. We argue that these differences are articulated as methodological debates, obscuring vital issues underlying accountability work, which are about power and politics, not methodological technicalities.

  • ADVISORY NOTES TO PARLIAMENT ON THE PETROLEUM AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, AGM PETROLEUM AND COLA NATURAL RESOURCES -

    The Ministry of Energy has officially laid before Parliament two Petroleum Agreements for ratification following earlier approval by Cabinet. The Agreements are:

    1. Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana LTD in respect of the South Deepwater Tano Contract Area (and shall be called AGM Contract for the purpose of this Analysis).

    2. Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Cola Natural Resources and Medea in respect of East Cape Three Points Contract Area (and shall be called Cola Contract for the purpose of this analysis).

    This Advisory Notes is provided to members of Parliament to enrich debate during the consideration of the Agreements. The Notes are based on analysis by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) of the Negotiated Agreements and the memoranda accompanying them. These Notes do not cover most of the subjects in the two Agreements as most of them have common provisions. The focus of the analysis therefore covers subjects that show material differences between the Agreements for the purpose of enriching the debate in parliament.

  • 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.

  • A strong Parliament is key to fighting corruption - Minority Leader -

    The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that strengthening Parliament’s financial oversight responsibilities is critical to combating corruption.

    He noted that “the evil enterprise of corruption which has become cancerous in Ghana”, explaining that Parliament has no option than to demonstrate extreme concern about the problems and threats that corruption poses to the stability and security of the country.

    He said corruption undermines state institutions and the values of democracy, as well as cultural and traditional values and the justice system. According to him these work against sustainable development and the rule of law.

  • Mike Ocquaye calls for bi-partisan inquiry into Vikileaks -

    Former Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency, Prof Mike Ocquaye, has called for a Parliamentary nquiry into comments made by sacked Deputy Communication Minister, Victoria Hammah, on a leaked tape.

    Prof Ocquaye who is also a former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament said Parliament is mandated to enquire into allegations of corruption such as those made by Victoria Hammah.

    Miss Hammah said on the leaked tape that has gone viral since last week that the Minister of Gender, Women and Social Protection played a key role in the August 25 ruling of the Supreme Court Judges on the 2012 Election Petition.


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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.