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. ...
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. ...