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The Institute of Economic Affairs

Accra, Ghana
Joined March 2021

IEA is Ghana’s 1st public policy institute formed in 1989. It's strategically located at the heart of the capital, Accra. Its mission is to promote good governance, democracy and a fair market economy

Presence in: Ghana
Focus: Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Other, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is Ghana’s first public policy Institute. Established 32 years ago in 1989, when Ghana was still under military rule, the Institution is strategically located at the heart of the capital – Accra with a staff size of twenty-five. IEA is not affiliated to any political party within or outside Ghana. However, it engages all parties on equal basis in any advocacy platform to democratic development in the country. The Institute played a lead role in the fight to restore democratic rule in 1992. Since then, the it has worked hard to promote democratic and good governance principles and respect for human rights in Ghana and Africa through cutting-edge, evidence-based research and forceful and sustained advocacy.

The Institute’s mission is to promote good governance, democracy and a fair market economy. It believes in the creation of an environment in which economic, social, political and legal institutions function openly and freely as the key to sustainable economic growth and human development.

The Institute has positioned itself as a first-class policy and knowledge-based institution. In carrying out its objectives and functions, IEA collaborates with networks of think tanks, CSOs and other stakeholders in and outside Ghana to pursue a common agenda of influencing policies for the betterment of peoples’ lives. IEA has cast a niche for itself in the public policy space and become a first point of reference and contact on critical public policy issues. Over the years, with the kind support of many institutions and organizations, IEA has managed important and wide-raging research and data projects that have influenced policy and legislations in Ghana and beyond. Many of the projects have focused on Governance issues, including corruption, human rights, gender rights, and trust in public institutions.

People Associated With This Organization

Samuel Darkwa

The Institute of Economic Affairs
Joined March 2021
Interests: Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Other, Policy Advocacy
Dr. Samuel Kofi Darkwa is the Director of Governance and Administration at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Ghana (IEA-Ghana). He received his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University. He also has MA in Linguistics and Literature from University of Wisconsin, Madison as well as BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. Samuel is multidisciplinary and very diverse. Samuel was adjudged the overall best student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) Ghana in 2003. He was the former head of the Accounts Unit at the IEA-Ghana. He has served as Intercollegiate Policy Debate Coach for the West Virginia University for three (3) years between 2013 and 2016 and has taught between 2010 and 2019 at West Virginia University, University of Florida (Gainesville), and at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Samuel is a researcher whose research interest focuses on electoral politics and democratization, political communication, public policy and administration, and Human Rights. Given his background of growing in a marginalized community in Ghana, Samuel has a strong passion for promoting and advancing the interests of marginalized persons and helping them to overcome structural systems that perpetuate their marginalization.
He has contributed a chapter to the volume: Ghanaian Politics and Political Communication, published by Rowman and Littlefield, London. Samuel’s research appeared in the Journal of Pan African Studies. He has also coauthored with seasoned researchers in the United States. Such works have appeared in the Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development. His latest work with his colleagues, Routledge Handbook of Public Policy in Africa, is forthcoming in Routledge New York. He has also written book reviews published by the African Studies Quarterly.
Samuel Darkwa is the network champion (main point of contact) for The Institute of Economic Affairs.

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