Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)

Accra, Ghana
Date Established: 
Environment & Natural Resources
Food & Agriculture
Social Policy
Think Tank Website: 
Felix Asante
Executive Director
ISSER aims to continue to build on its achievements and be recognized globally for promoting knowledge for development through authoritative policy research, training, and advocacy.

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) is a semi-autonomous research institute, created in 1969. It is located within the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Ghana. The Institute’s mission is to carry out activities that promote the socioeconomic development of Ghana and of Africa in general.

ISSER’s main areas of research include macroeconomic policy, household economics, institutional economics, rural institutions, population, health, environment, gender, technology, and spatial development.

The Institute is committed to using research to inform public policy. It produces the annual State of the Ghanaian Economy, as well as the peer-reviewed ISSER Technical Publication Series and the ISSER Discussion Paper Series. In addition, it organizes public lecture series and seminars to stimulate public debate. The Institute has links to several ministries.

Research Areas: 
agriculture productivity, household income and food security
human capital development and socio-economic transformation
domestic resource mobilization
social mobilization and social protection
climate change and adaptation measures
urbanization and national development
oil find and national development