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Kandifo Institute: Policy Research Training think tank begins Operations in Ghana


From the definite past time until now, state management has depended on three solid pillars; governance, leadership and economy. The effectiveness of these, is necessary for ensuring compactness between the rulers and their subjects.

With efforts being made to institute viable democracies, amidst some successes, there is still the need to achieve more in these areas, by taking key interest in the youth.

It is in this regard that a policy research training think tank Kandifo Institute has been established to provide analytical influence, to create a new value system to foster a new paradigm that responds to the intellectual, governance and economic policy comprehension for the younger generation.

Speaking at the official launch, held in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Palgrave Boakye-Danquah, the Excutive Director of the Kandifo Institute highlighted the need to dispense upright guidance for an attainable economy.

“Within the favourable governance environment, there is the need for leadership, providing the right vision and direction counting on the right combination of human skills, technology and natural resources to create a viable economy. The attainment of the development vision depends on the effective appreciation, understanding and practical combination of the elements of governance, leadership and economy,” he stated.

He also debunked the assertion by a section of the society that Ghana lacks technical acumen in governance, and economic policy analysis.

According to Mr. Boakye-Danquah, “there is a plethora of institutions, academic and civil society groups that are performing in this arena. However, the challenge is that dealing with issues of governance and economy must be predicated on research and in-depth analysis on Ghana cases.”

He also noted that to influence the expectation of citizenry in these policy areas, there should be “a purposive action sustained by adequate skills, knowledge and ability to direct the process.”

Dr Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa, a member of the Advisory Board and Director General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) mentioned the Institute also aims at “building young people to be leaders not only of tomorrow, but to be able to engage [them] to the conversation that will happen related to governance and economy, to the level they will appreciate, learn and use it to improve their future.”

The Chairman of the Institute Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso I reiterated the need to build up a think tank that will digest through the requisite research and development to make sure that what you are talking about is in line — we have to do what is expected of us and coach as expected.

The High Commissioner of India to Ghana H.E. Mr. Sugandh Rajaram acknowledged think tanks remain important feature of humanity while adding that “for our democracy to be functional and successful, it is very important to institutionalize comprehensive and inclusive thinking.”

The Kandifo Institute has nine (9) initiatives under its belt. These include Leadership Hive, Economic Hive, Governance Hive, Let’s Go Lower, and Democratic Election Think Tank Centre. Others are Let Her Lead, Mentoring & Coaching Hub, Abato Asomdwie, and MP/Assembly Shift.

Its areas of key focus include Mentoring the Youth, Policy Dialogues, Targeted Research, Objective Analysis of National Policies, Use of Technology for Development, and Grassroots Development.

Source: Yaw Sarpong | PlugTimes.com

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