FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR OF GHANA: THE ROLE OF ASSETS DECLARATION REGIME
IEA
Jun 2017
Corruption is endemic in the public sector as indicated by both anecdotal and evidence based research. Many people posit that where assets are declared, upon assumption of public office, officials could better yield to public scrutiny. The assets of public officials, particularly in developing countries, are often found to be excessive in relation to their income while in public office, which in turn raises speculations as to how they got their assets. One important tool for identifying the legality of the assets of public officials is assets declaration. This paper provides an analysis of the existing practice in the area of assets declaration in some countries in Europe, North America and Africa. It examines the key elements of assets declaration regimes such as the legal frameworks, institutional arrangements and policy objectives. In addition, the paper evaluates as a case study, the effectiveness of Ghana’s current assets declaration regime as a tool for combating corruption ...
‘Fixing the Roof while the Sun is Shining’ Ten Lessons from Country Experiences with Fiscal Policy Rules
Dr. Charles Amo-Yartey
Apr 2017
This paper reviews country experiences with the implementation of fiscal policy rules focusing on eight advanced and emerging economies with the objective of drawing policy relevant lessons for the implementation of fiscal rules in developing countries. It explores a range of design features, statutory provisions, penalties for non-compliance and operational arrangements. The analysis provides a number of useful lessons for the design and implementation of fiscal rules centering on elements of good design, appropriate coverage of fiscal rules, timing of its introduction, mechanisms to encourage compliance, key implementation issues, and supporting institutional arrangements ...
Speech delivered by Rt. Hon. Tony Blair during his visit to the IEA
IEA
Mar 2017
On the 28th of March 2017, Rt. Hon. Tony Blair addressed the IEA at a roundtable discussion on the theme: ‘Governance and Development in Africa’. Here are his opening remarks. ...
A Conversation with Rt. Hon. Tony Blair
IEA
Mar 2017
Poor governance remains one of Africa’s biggest challenges. In this regard, accelerating the continent’s progress from the current state requires a rethink of development and governance issues. As part of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) mission to promote good governance in Ghana and across the African region, the IEA in collaboration with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) hosted a roundtable discussion on the theme: ‘Governance and Development in Africa’ with Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, former Prime-Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007). ...
From Gold Coast to Ghana: A Glorious History of Self Determination
IEA
Mar 2017
On Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in collaboration with the Ghana @60 secretariat launched the public viewing of the official documentary to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Ghana ...
Press Release: Strengthening Presidential Transitions in Ghana
IEA
Mar 2017
On the 15th of February 2017, the IEA held a round-table discussion to present its findings of its assessment of the 2017 transition and discuss the Institute's recommendations for reform. ...
Press Release: IEA Policy Recommendation for the Establishment of a Fiscal Council Adopted by Government
IEA
Mar 2017
In 2014 the IEA undertook research on the theme: 'Improving Fiscal Management in Ghana: The Role of Fiscal Policy Rules' which proposed the establishment of an Independent Fiscal Policy Council. The Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, in his first budget statement noted his government's intention to adopt this initiative. ...
IEA BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SURVEY 2015
IEA
Mar 2017
The IEA Business Confidence Survey (BCS) is aimed at gauging the confidence of businesses and promoting evidence-based policies to enhance the business environment and performance. It seeks the views of businesses on their performance, the business environment and obstacles to doing business, future expectations of businesses and the direction of leading indicators such as future capital expenditure, employment and profit. This edition of The IEA BCS, which was conducted in July 2015, interviewed 95 businesses from the three key economic sectors (agriculture, industry and services) in four regions of Ghana: Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central and Eastern regions. This edition also compares the results for July 2015 together with those of November 2014 to ascertain whether there have been improvements in business performance and the business environment ...
THE ROOTS OF CORRUPTION: THE GHANAIAN ENQUIRY REVISITED
IEA
Feb 2017
Corruption has engaged the attention of the international community, politicians and citizens because of its deleterious and corrosive consequences on politics, governance, security and socio-economic development. Several strategies including reform of the constitutional, legal and institutional framework have been implemented by all countries including Ghana to curb the scourge of corruption but they have remained largely unsuccessful. As a contribution to the debate over corruption, this paper revisits some of the causes of corruption especially social norms or socio-cultural practices and values in Ghana using data obtained from the Corruption Survey which was undertaken by the Institute of Economic Affairs, Ghana in 2015. ...
OVERVIEW SURVEY ON KEY SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES IN GHANA
IEA
Feb 2017
The 2015 Socio-economic and Governance Survey (SEGS 3) is the third in the series of surveys conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on public perception and assessment of socio-economic and governance conditions in the country. The survey was carried out in November/December, 2015 and consisted of a regionally representative sample of 1,500 respondents aged 18 years and above from the 10 regions of Ghana. ...