SURVEY REPORT ON KEY SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES IN GHANA
IEA
Feb 2017
The IEA Socio-Economic and Governance Surveys, introduced in 2011, is an annual survey that seeks the opinion of the public on socio-economic and governance issues including people’s living conditions, government’s performance in addressing key socio-economic challenges, peace and security, freedom, discrimination, rights of political participation, trust in public institutions etc. These surveys have enhanced public awareness of socio-economic and governance issues and informed debate on key challenges facing the country. Additionally, the reports produced from the Institute’s surveys have provided concrete recommendations for consideration by policy makers. ...
A Review of the Ghanaian Economy Report 2013-2014
IEA
Feb 2017
The subject of Public Financial Management (PFM) continues to engage the attention of every political regime for nearly three decades, for one simple reason. From revenue mobilization to spending controls and accountability, deficiencies in PFM underlie the litany of Ghana’s fiscal management problems. After the excitement of the Rawlings revolution in the early 1980s, managing the public purse would become one of the central themes of economic reform because it is indispensable to effective executive government. To this end, a series of reform measures were launched to rebuild the machinery of mobilizing and managing the public purse for the public good. ...
Amend Current Assets Declaration Act to Fight Corruption Effectively
Prof. Edward Dua Agyeman
Feb 2017
Assets Declaration Regime has been generally utilised since the 1970s as one of the most effective compliance mechanisms adopted by nations to prevent or cure the incidence of conflict of interest and corruption. It acquired renewed international focus since the passage of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2003. The Convention’s articles specifically require countries to adopt legislation for public officials to declare their assets. ...
PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION: HISTORY SHOULD NOT REPEAT ITSELF
Dr. Michael Ofori-Mensah, Senior Research Fellow - IEA
Dec 2016
Once again, Ghana has underscored her reputation as a model African democracy – a standing which owes much to the peaceful change of governments through the ballot box. It is, however, ironic that previous changes in government through the democratic process have exposed serious shortcoming in our country’s governance institutional framework. ...
Survey Report- Women as Economic Actors: Experiences From Northern Ghana
IEA
Nov 2016
As part of its efforts to promote participation of women in all segments of the Ghanaian economy, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in May 2016 undertook extensive field work in the three Northern Regions of Ghana (Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions) to unearth the barriers and challenges facing women that impede their effective participation in the economy and Ghana’s development process. The study aims at providing policy makers with recommendations and proposals to advance the cause of women in Ghana. ...
The IEA Corruption Survey
IEA
Nov 2016
Public opinion on critical national issues remains crucial in the efforts towards effective policy design and implementation. In this regard, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in November 2015 undertook a survey to unearth the root causes of corruption in Ghana. The Survey sought the opinion of 1,500 respondents across all ten (10) regions of Ghana on a variety of corruption related issues. ...
The Presidential (Transition) (Amendment) Bill: A Move From Diagnosis to Prescription
IEA
Oct 2016
The post-2012 election period presented the first test for implementing major aspects of the Presidential (Transition) Act. Following the transition, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) initiated research to critically evaluate the process. The findings provided encouraging evidence of the Act being put into practice. However, challenges were highlighted and recommendations were outlined. The IEA's proposed reforms were presented to Government - in the form of a draft Bill to fine-tune the Transition Act. This is what forms the crux of the Presidential (Transition) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 currently before Parliament. ...
PRESS RELEASE -28/09/16
IEA
Sep 2016
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DEALING WITH WINNER-TAKES-ALL POLITICS IN GHANA: THE CASE OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
IEA
Sep 2016
In 2011, the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) recommended a national development plan that should be entrenched in the constitution and binding on successive governments. While accepting the need for a long-term plan, the recommendation to make it binding on all regimes was rejected by the government. This paper examines the positive side of the recommendation. It argues that Ghana’s development planning process lacks broad participation. This heightens the feeling of marginalization usually associated with “Winner-Takes-All” politics and undermines inclusivity and policy continuity. The paper examines the current practice of development planning which is characterized by limited participation and also shows policy discontinuity resulting from abandoned plans and high ...
PROPOSED DRAFT PUBLIC FUNDING OF POLITICAL PARTIES BILL, 2008
IEA
Aug 2016
Political parties are the heart and soul of a democracy. In the case of Ghana’s budding multi-party democracy, political parties perform key roles such as the formation of the government, grooming leaders at the national and sub-national levels and holding government accountable (when they are in opposition) among others. Yet, political parties are among the most neglected of the political institutions of state. They are made to operate as if they are purely private organisations with no state or national interest in their establishment, maintenance, well-being and extinction. By their very nature, poorly established and poorly maintained political parties produce poor quality leadership, both at the party level and at the government level. For these reasons, it is important to ensure that political parties are not just electoral machines for achieving electoral victories but also function effectively as vehicles for public education, leadership training, national integration and skills acquisition during interelection years. ...