“Politics is often accompanied by corruption, and in the context of a political system where the costs of gaining and retaining political office are increasing, the risk of corruption grows exponentially”

-The Cost of Politics in Ghana (2017)

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CDD news

Job Openings For Human Resource & Administration Manager And Senior Programs Officer Positions

The Search for Accountable Governance in the Fourth Republic

Political Accountability in Ghanaian Slums: Evidence from the Grassroots

Decentralization And Local Governance Reform: Towards Accountable Local Government And Better Service Delivery In Ghana

The Paradox of Voice without Accountability in Ghana

The Quest for Governmental Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward

Highlights of Findings from CDD-Ghana’s Post-Election Survey (May 23 to June 3, 2021)

COVID-19 and Ghana’s 2020 Elections

CDD-Ghana’s WAYLead Fellows construct boreholes at Akim Bosovilla

Reforming Constitutional Governance in Ghana

Unpacking the confusion surrounding the testing outcomes at KIA

Enhancing Citizens’ Participation In Cross Border Security: The Case Of Ghana


CSOs Joint Press Statement – Shooting at Ejura Sekyedumase

CDD-Ghana Initiates a Network of West African Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (PMOs)

CDD-Ghana condemns arrest and prosecution of LGBT+ activists

Ministry of National Security’s preliminary actions in the Caleb Kudah/Citi FM case welcome, but broader reforms needed – CDD-Ghana

Citizen election observation groups across Africa convene for dialogue on the evolving role of the parallel vote tabulation (PVT) in ensuring credible elections on the continent

On the sustainability of Ghana’s debt

BP Vol.6 No. 3: Non-custodial sentencing and its relevance in the justice system

Experts call for tax accountability, review of tax exemption laws and digitization of payments

Social Protection in Ghana

An Examination of Ghana’s Health Financing Challenges and Prospects for Reform

Managing Diversity and Political Inclusion: The Case of Ghana

An Examination of Ghana’s Health Financing Challenges and Prospect for Reform

Strengthening basic Education in Ghana

Enhancing Youth Entrepreneurial Skills: CDD-Ghana Inaugurates Two Skills Enterprise Centers at Asutifi North District; Supports Training of 45 Beneficiaries

COVID-19 Vaccines: Dispelling Misconceptions and the Way Forward for Ghana

Statement on the ‘Constructive Dismissal’ of Auditor General Daniel Domelevo

IWD 2021: Prioritize the Laying of Affirmative Action Bill Before Parliament – CDD-Ghana

Auditor-General’s forced retirement is an affront to good governance and the fight against corruption

Monitoring the Inclusiveness of Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs Program in the Bosome Freho and Saboba Districts

Gambia: Truth Commission Begins Hearings on 2005 Migrant Massacre

Strengthening Ghana’s Social Protection System for Accelerated SDG Implementation: An Agenda for Reform

Communications Specialist (Afrobarometer Communications Coordinator, Anglophone West and North Africa)

COVID-19 Tests: Toronto versus Accra

More Transmissible versus More Lethal: An Elaboration

Public Safety and Security in Ghana

Boot camps and board games contribute to peaceful elections in Ghana

CODEO Post-Election Observation Statement

Political leaders should commit to spirit of compromise and accommodation to preserve Ghana’s democratic gains

Addressing the Current Post-Elections Political Impasse

Enhancing citizen participation in cross border security in Ghana

CODEO’s Statement on the Official Results of the 2020 Presidential Elections

Continuing Challenges to Anti-Corruption and Public Accountability Ahead of Another Election

African Elections: Governance and Threats

Performance of Ghana’s Economy and Capacity for Financing Key Medium-Term (2021-2024) Flagship Policies and Programs

CODEO Second Pre-Election Environment Observation Statement

Performance of Ghana’s Economy and Capacity for Financing Key Medium-Term (2021-2024) Flagship Policies and Programs

Africa: Why Gender Diversity at the International Court of Justice Matters for Africa and the World

Ghana’s 2020 elections: prospects for credibility and peacefulness

Highlights of Findings from the CDD-Ghana Pre-Election Survey (September 28- October 16, 2020)

CSOs go to Supreme Court over Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo’s forced leave

Achieving universal health coverage in Ghana: Implications for health systems reform

Promoting responsible and responsive manifestos for inclusive education in Ghana

CODEO Pre-election environment observation statement for the month of September

Clearing up misconceptions about valuation of Mineral Investment Income Fund (MIIF)’s Agyapa listing

Understanding, Preventing and Fighting Administrative Corruption in the Business Registration Regime in Ghana

Interim report on the Monitoring the Implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program (IPEP)

Electoral Violence and Political Vigilantism in Ghana: Evidence from Hotspots

Listen more to the wisdom of elders than to the fresh ideas of the youth, Ghanaians say

International Youth Day: Unemployment and education are Ghanaian youth’s most important problems

International Youth Day: Unemployment and education are Ghanaian youth’s most important problems

Ending Electoral Violence in Ghana

Preliminary Report (III) on the Biometric Voter Registration Exercise by the Electoral Commission

Best Practices in Access to Information Implementation: Where does Ghana go from here?

Directing the Auditor-General to go on ‘accumulated leave’: Why the President got it wrong

International inquiry needed to bring justice to murdered 44 Ghanaian migrants in The Gambia

Elections and COVID-19: Time for Co-Leadership

Preliminary Report (1) on the on-going Biometric Voter Registration exercise by the Electoral Commission

CDD-Ghana promotes youth political participation and inclusion with ‘Youth Speaks Forums’

CSOs Statement on President Akufo Addo’s Decision to force the Auditor General to take his ‘accumulated leave’

The Manifesto Project – Promoting responsive and responsible manifestos for inclusive development

Evidence and policy practice in the fight against COVID-19: the Ghanaian experience

Gender and Youth in Ghana’s Democratic Consolidation

What are the biggest problems that the youth of Africa face? Our WAYLead fellows share their thoughts!

Double-edged sword? Ghanaians see pros, cons of social media, want access but not fake news

Ghana’s courts must do more to boost public confidence in this era of excessive partisanship

Transforming Africa by transforming her future leaders: The WAYLead Fellowship

Building Trust between Citizens and the Security Agencies in the Context of the COVID- 19 Pandemic

A Press Statement to mark one year after the Presidential assent to the RTI Act, 2019 (Act 989)

CDD-Ghana Memorandum: Public Universities Bill

Post COVID-19: Expert Views on the Way Forward for Ghana

Decentralization and Local Governance Reform:

Ayine v Amidu Case Calls for an Amendment of Mandatory Retirement Law

CDD-Ghana launches Manifestos for Development Project

Participant Perspective Vital in Clinical Trial Discussions

Trusted and influential: Religious and traditional leaders can be assets in COVID-19 fight

Lifting of partial lockdown: Government and citizens must keep their end of the bargain

Shifting gears in the time of COVID-19: Côte d’Ivoire’s online dissemination

The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Implications for the Conduct of the 2020 Elections in Ghana

The Gendered Face of COVID-19: Women and Access to Justice

Building Local Entrepreneurial Skills to Support the Rural Poor for Sustainable Economic Self-Reliance

COVID-19 : Data, Social Inclusion and Matters Arising

Governing Climate Change in Africa

Ghana Post COVID-19: Time to Initiate Needed Socio-Economic Reforms

COVID-19 Lockdown: Security Agencies must Respect the Human Rights of Civilians

Ghanaians’ acceptance of security-related restrictions faces test with COVID-19 lockdown

Ghanaians’ acceptance of security-related restrictions faces test with COVID-19 lockdown

Ghana Center for Democratic Development Covid-19 Advisory Update


Our opinion

More than a Jingle? Making the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda a Reality!

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” (GhaBA) agenda may have come to stay. It is continuously evoked domestically and in our foreign relations and multilateral/bilateral partnerships. Although commendable, and generally well received by Ghanaians and the international community, the President’s words have been short on detail.

Not only does the stated vision of a Ghana beyond aid come with no definite timetable, it also comes without a coherent policy framework or strategic plan articulating what it means and what it might take for Ghana to realize this bold vision. This has led critics, including Professor Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, to dismiss as sloganeering and political grandstanding, the GhaBA agenda. He warned that if government does not set its priorities well, the agenda will most likely not yield the desired change.

Up and coming

october, 2021

Corruption Watch

District League Table

I Am Aware Ghana


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