The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, University of Ghana, has launched the 25th edition of its flagship report: The State of the Ghanaian Economy in 2015 Report.

It was held on Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 at the Conference hall of the Institute amidst drumming and dancing by the Ghana Dance Ensemble.

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While, globally, most think tanks have become transparent about their sources of funding, only one Ghana think tank scored five stars in Transparify’s Think Tank Transparency 2016 report released today June 29, 2016.

The report which looks at think tanks that take money behind closed doors, has three categories; highly transparent (five stars), broadly transparent (four to two stars) and highly opaque (1-0 star).

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A 3-day meeting on Nigeria Baseline Study Design was held at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) from 16th- 18th May, 2016. It was attended by 20 Researchers from research institutions in seven countries in Africa, The Netherlands and two from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), in Seattle, United States.

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Ghana has failed to structurally transform its economy and society in spite of a sustained period of growth since 1983, vast natural resources availability, stability and relatively strong human capital. Recent analysis of the political economy contends that it is the character of politics in Ghana that has stalled the transformation agenda.

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Research is a kind of investment that requires huge funding in order to achieve its corollary benefit of development. However, funding research can be challenging especially in less developed countries where poverty, disease, poor education and corruption may be priority. Ironically, solutions to the never-ending problems in Africa for instance lie in proper scientific research.

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The West African Think Tank Network (WATTNet) has been officially launched at the inaugural conference under the theme “Transforming West Africa for Inclusive Development”. WATTNet is a network of West African think tanks established in September 2015 with the goal of promoting socio-economic and political development in the sub-region.

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