Institutional Support : Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Ghana)

The Institute of Economic Affairs in Ghana (IEA-Ghana) was founded in 1989 during the twilight of the military dictatorship. At that time there were no independent policy centres in the country and hence little public policy dialogue. Still, IEA-Ghana succeeded in creating a platform for debate and made a strong case for major policy reforms to alleviate poverty, consolidate democracy, promote free markets and increase liberty. Over the years, IEA-Ghana has served as a centre for policy analysis, a forum for exchanging ideas and a resource for public education. Its research and advocacy activities have focused on two areas: governance and democracy and economic policy. Due to the lack of predictable financing, however, IEA-Ghana has not been able to attract and keep highly qualified researchers, especially in its economic policy division. Consequently, the Institute has concentrated more on advocacy than research. This grant from IDRC's Think Tank Initiative (TTI) will allow IEA-Ghana to formulate a strategic plan, expand its in-house research capacity, and consolidate its dissemination and outreach efforts.

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Start Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


48 months

IDRC Officer

Sanogo, Diakalia

Total funding

CA$ 2,347,018


Ghana, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Ms. Abena Offe

Project Leader

Mrs. Jean Mensa


Institute of Economic Affairs

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