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Understanding the Characteristics and Governance Structures of Non-State Social Protection Programmes in Ghana: A Case Study of Work-Based Associations in Winneba and Cape Coast

"Most people in Africa are vulnerable to all the life shocks associated with poverty, and social protection systems are now deemed integral to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in health, food security, education, she...

Climate Resilient Development: Experience from an African Capacity Development Programme - Investing in Water Security for Growth and Development

Insights and lessons learned from a capacity development programme are presented in this learning brief on water security and climate resilient development covering eight countries in Africa – Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Rw...

The Proposed Creation Of New Constituencies

"The announcement by the Electoral Commission that thirty (30) additional parliamentary constituencies are to be created has provoked a confrontation between the Commission and the minority parties and generated heated public debate in the media...

Building an Independent Parliament the Creation of Rules of Procedure for Private Members Bills & the Creation of the Office of the Parliamentary Draftsman

"Under the Fourth Republican Constitution, the Governance Structure that was created envisaged the separation of powers through the three principal arms of Government The Executive, the Legislature & the Judiciary - each playing very specific role...

Election 2004 and the Policy Challenge of the NPP Government

"Election 2004 has come and gone. The conduct was transparent and the outcome peaceful. The euphoria and the celebrations have ended and the furor over results subsided. The process of forming the new Government is now seriously under way. The tim...

Bridging the Gap Between Policymakers and Research and Advocacy Organizations (RAOs): The Challenges Facing RAOs

"Research and advocacy organizations (RAOs) serve a useful function of linking policy makers, who are primarily politicians, with society's needs, aspirations, problems and their possible solutions. In order to design policies and programmes to im...

Ghana's Presidential Transition Bill: A Timely Opportunity for Institutional Reform

"The Presidential Transition Bill provides a framework for managing the political transfer of power from an out-going democratically elected President to an incoming President. This article evaluates key attributes of the proposed legislation. Fir...

Regulating Conflicts Of Interest: Could Do Better?

"Conflicts of interest in public office, and how to regulate them, are issues all countries face. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of Ghana's current system for managing conflicts of interest. First, the legal framework, together with the ma...

Effective Parliamentary Oversight: Mission Impossible?

"Ghana's recent discovery of oil and the anticipated petroleum revenue flows has raised expectations about the future economic development of the country. Yet Ghana's poor record in the area of public financial management, as demonstrated by many...

Ghana's Mining Code: In Whose Interest?

"When Ghana's first mining-specific legislation, PNDC Law 153, was enacted in 1986, the law was heralded as a shining example of best practice by many. The legislation sought to provide a stable policy environment in addition to significant finan...

Donor Anti-Corruption Reforms: Quiet Diplomacy and its Discontents

"This paper reviews the anti-corruption reforms pursued by three key donors in Ghana: the World Bank, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development and the United States Agency for International Development. The extent to which the...

Towards Greater Representation of Women in National Governance

"The importance of women's participation in national governance has been established at the highest level of international policy on human rights, equality and equity. In African democracies, the case for women's participation has gained further m...

Reserving Special Seats for Women in Parliament: Issues and Obstacles

"The ''representativeness'' of institutions of political representation in gender terms have featured in a number of studies. The base argument is that Parliament should be a microcosm of the nation as a whole. Hamilton opined: ''it is said to be...

Women’s Leadership and Participation in addressing Peace and Security

"More than a decade after the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, women’s leadership and participation in peace building around the world is yet to be fully recognized. Yet women’s leadership and participation in a...

The State of Women's Human Rights in Ghana: The Law and its Enforcement

"Human rights have been defined as the inherent and inalienable rights that are due to human beings by reason of their being human. These rights aim at ensuring the dignity of every human being". Indeed the Universal Declaration on Human Rights ad...

Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Africa: The Cases of Ghana and The Gambia

"The main objective of the study is to support the ATPS Agricultural Innovations Programme on Agricultural Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Africa by achieving the following specific objectives: Identify and document...

Emerging Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation: A Case Study in Dangbe East District of Ghana

The coastlines of Ghana present significant wind potential which if properly harnessed could provide alternative livelihood opportunities and speed up climate change adaptation processes among those communities hard-hit by climate change effects. ...

Mother's Spending Decisions, Ethnicity and Child Malnutrition in Ghana

"I argue in this policy brief that the relationship between ethnicity and the mother’s role in child nutrition is either direct or indirect, depending on the nature of cultural practices. Thus, in a setting with cultural practices such as food tab...

Why Northern Ghana Lags Behind in Ghana's Growth and Poverty Reduction Success

"Ghana’s post adjustment growth and poverty reduction performance has been hailed as impressive, albeit with spatial disparities in the distribution of welfare, especially between the north and south of the country. Researchers generally agree th...

Understanding the African Lions - Growth Traps and Opportunities in Six Dominant African Economies Understanding Ghana's Growth Success Story and Job Creation Challenges

Ghana has a status as one of the Lions of the African continent. This which is linked to the country’s remarkable growth performance, which culminated in the attainment of lower middle-income status. However, employment response to growth has bee...

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