Institute of Economic Affairs (Ghana) (IEA-Ghana)

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Curt Carnemark - World Bank
Accra, Ghana
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Jean Mensa
Executive Director
IEA-Ghana aims to consolidate its position as a leader in setting the policy agenda and providing policy options in Ghana. We will continue to refine and improve our proven approach of working with policymakers and key stakeholders to bring forth policies that influence Ghana’s development in a positive and timely way.

Impact Graphic: Strengthening democracy in Ghana

Impact Graphic: Ghana's oil avoiding the resource curse

Founded in 1989, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Ghana) seeks to broaden the debate on public policy, engender private-sector-led economic growth, and strengthen the pillars of democracy. Its mission is to promote good governance, democracy, and a free and fair market economy in Ghana and in Africa as a whole. The Institute believes that the creation of an environment in which economic, social, political, and legal institutions function openly and freely is the key to attaining sustainable economic growth and human development. Over the years, IEA-Ghana has served as a centre for policy analysis and public education, a forum for the exchange of ideas, and a resource centre for public education.

IEA-Ghana’s areas of focus include economic policy, governance and parliamentary performance, legislative issues, and decentralization. The Institute was closely involved in supporting the democratic process during the 2008 elections in Ghana, organizing workshops, voters’ education forums, the presidential and vice-presidential debates, and election observation, among other initiatives. IEA-Ghana is solicited by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to contribute to the national budget preparation process and the review of government contracts.

IEA-Ghana produces a series of monographs on various economic policy issues, and a new peer-review journal, the Ghana Policy Journal. In addition, the Institute published an Annual Economic Review and Outlook of Ghana in 2007 and 2008.

Research Areas: 
Governance and Efficiency in the Oil and Gas Sector
Economic Growth and Employment
Fiscal Regimes in the Mining Industry
Promoting Effective Public Financial Management
National Development Planning and Sustainable Development
Effects of Socio-Economic Activities on the Environment
Promoting Evidence-based Socio-economic Policies