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    The Let My Vote Count Alliance has taken due notice of the decision by President John Dramani Mahama to appoint Mrs. Charlotte Osei, 42, as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana. We wish to greet her with this clarion message: NO NEW REGISTER NO VOTE IN 2016!

  • Charlotte Osei appointed new EC boss -

    President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992  Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.


    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.”

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Danquah Institute's research projects for 2009 fall within the purview of one of our two major thematic programmes: governance and media. Both are run by our in-house research department, with specific projects drawing on the skills and knowledge of individual researchers as the project requires. Whilst our major projects for this year are exclusively within these fields, we plan to expand our capacity in 2010 into the economic sphere.

Election Analysis, Governance Programme - Ongoing

One of the major ongoing projects at the DI is a detailed post-election analysis of the results. Building on the first-hand knowledge and insight gained last year during our involvement with the election campaign, our researchers have undertaken detailed research on both the parliamentary and presidential results, in both rounds from the national level right down to individual constituencies. Combining this with exclusive data collected by the DI from each constituency in the run-up to the election has enabled the Danquah Institute to provide a unique and authoritative account of the underlying factors influencing the result.

Much of this analysis will be published in the DI Quarterly, as well as being serialised in the major daily national newspaper, The Statesman, amongst others.

The Media and the 2008 Election, Media Programme 2Q-3Q

Complementing our Election Analysis Project, the Media and the Election project looks at how the print and broadcast media covered the election, collating information on the number and angle of stories in the newspaper, and conducting research into the effect of news coverage on the campaigns, parties and public.

This research will be presented at a seminar convened later in the year (see below).

Course on Economic Freedom 2Q

As a believer in the principles of free trade market economies and fundamental individual rights, the Danquah Institute intends promoting these philosophies primarily amongst students, activists, young professionals and teachers or lecturers through series of programs in a camp environment.

The programs shall combine debates, group discussions and lectures with topics as the Basis of freedom, What is freedom, Basic principles of economics and what economic freedom entails, What are the conditions of economic freedom, economic freedom and prosperity, Ghana’s economic and political freedom, Democracy and economic freedom etc.

At the end of the camp, participants will present proposals to study Ghana’s economic problems or issues. The selected proposal shall have its writer awarded a scholarship to study community development and advocacy worth US$7,000.

Government Communications Structure, Media Programme 2Q

This Project builds on the communications expertise of the Danquah Institute, headed as it is by a former Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman and with the Head of Research, Nana Attobrah Quaicoe, having studied for a Masters in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana with a background in professional journalism.

The DI proposes to carry out detailed research to identify the weaknesses of the present system of Government Communications under both current and former administrations. Drawing on detailed interviews with key individuals within the Government Communications Structure, this project will enable the DI to present a conclusive picture of the flaws and limitations of the existing set-up. This will form the foundation for a detailed series of proposals for reform, which will be formulated on the basis of comparative research and expert consultations.

This will be published in July.

Decentralisation and Local Government, 3QGovernance Programme

One of the most talked about issues in Ghana, decentralisation has been the subject of prolific examination from numerous quarters. Nevertheless, the importance of the issue and the fact that all the discourse has produced next-to-no action has prompted the DI to weigh in on this vitally important subject. By undertaking fieldwork across the country, and combining this with high-levels interviews, the Danquah Institute will produce a clear, concise report set within a rigorous theoretical framework gained from comparative analysis carried out by one of our researchers at the University of Oxford. Setting out a compelling case for the reform of the current system, the DI’s proposals will reflect our commitment to liberal democracy and individual rights by advocating greater democratisation within a historically and cultural sensitive system.

The report will be launched in October/November in conjunction with a campaign to ensure maximum impact amongst decision-makers and the media.

Challenges in Health Care Personnel Training 3Q

A lot has been said and written about the inadequate supply of healthcare professionals from Ghana’s health training institutions. The NPP advocated for a National Health Insurance System (NHIS) to replace the obnoxious cash and carry system.

When it came to power in 2001, it moved to fulfill that campaign promise. In its passion to abolish the cash and carry system, it ignored the many criticisms against the NHIS, not the least the expected influx of patients. The critics were worried that the system did not have the staffing capacity to handle high patient turnout. While outpatient department attendance has increased from a yearly average of 0.38 per capita in 2001 to 0.7 per capita in 2007 the enormous growth and spread in coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme may have reduced the problem of cash and carry system of the past but then it has intensified the challenges in the availability of healthcare personnel. Indeed due to the NHIS, healthcare facilities have been grossly overwhelmed. The country thus faces an uphill challenge in the provision of basic healthcare.

While out patients department attendance has increased from a yearly average of 0.38 per capita in 2001 to 0.7 per capita in 2007, the ratio of doctors and nurses to patients is woefully skewed and hence the further choking of our hospitals with patients without sufficient doctors, nurses and laboratory scientist to attend to them, the contact hours between doctors and patients are also shortened.

Ghana has six public universities, ten polytechnics and several private universities but only the College of Health Sciences at University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology (KNUST) for instance run programs in clinical laboratory sciences. Again, only KNUST offers program in Pharmacy. All ten polytechnics run programs in industrial laboratory sciences but not clinical. The country’s total enrollment for nurses training colleges has jumped from 700 students in 2000 to 7000 students in 2008 but yet it’s inadequate.

The Danquah Institute proposes to examine the feasibility of expanding or including the polytechnics as health training institutions thus pushing for reforms in health care education and training at the tertiary level.

It proposes to do this through field work across the country combined with sessions with the stake holders such as committee of vice chancellors and principals (CVCP), National Accreditation Board, Nurses and Midwifery Council for Ghana, Ministry of Health, Coalition of NGO’s in health, World Health Organization (WHO) Ghana office and health workers.
At the end of the sessions, DI will sponsor the preparation of curriculum, faculty recruitment policy and the M.O.U between the 10 regional hospitals which will serve as practical training centres for the personnel and the 10 polytechnics.

Biometric Voting, Governance Programme 4Q

The final major DI programme for 2009 will look at the advantages, disadvantages and feasibility of introducing a biometric system of voting for Ghana’s 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary election. This issue was first put on the political agenda in Ghana by the DI’s Executive Director in the wake of the 2008 election. Despite the praise Ghana received from the international community for a largely peaceful, free and fair election, for those closely involved with the polls it is clear that this must be no cause for complacency as there were significant irregularities that must be addressed. Biometric voting has been successfully implemented in countries spanning the globe – from Venezuela to South Korea, with Mozambique set to join their ranks following their October 2009 elections. The DI’s research department will undertake analysis of the success of the system elsewhere and its suitability for use in Ghana.

This will support the major national symposium the DI will be convening on the subject on 7 December 2009.