According to Franklin Cudjoe, IMANI CEO, the performance of IMANI has consolidated its position as the most reliable and tenacious think tank whose activities have shaped policy and enhanced governance and development in Ghana.
“It is ranked the topmost Education Policy Think Tank in Africa. IMANI is also the number one African think tank with the Most Innovative Policy Ideas/Proposals. In addition, IMANI leads the African think tanks to watch rankings, twelve of them out of 101 ranked globally.”
Below is his full statement:
Belated best wishes of the year. Please find attached a report highlighting IMANI’s activities in 2015.
As you may be aware our think tank, IMANI Center for Policy and Education (IMANI) has been ranked the most influential think tank in Ghana and the second most influential think tank in sub-Saharan Africa, for the second year running according to ‘Global Go to Think Tank Index Report 2015 published by the Lauder Institute of The University of Pennsylvania . The Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research Analysis (Kippra) a wholly government and tax-funded think tank (unlike IMANI) was ranked first.
The Lauder Institute and its partners monitor and maintain the largest, most comprehensive database of over 6,500 think tanks globally. As a media report recently analysed, “The performance of IMANI has consolidated its position as the most reliable and tenacious think tank whose activities have shaped policy and enhanced governance and development in Ghana. Globally, IMANI has chalked some successes by ranking high in various areas. It is ranked the topmost Education Policy Think Tank in Africa. IMANI is also the number one African think tank with the Most Innovative Policy Ideas/Proposals. In addition, IMANI leads the African think tanks to watch rankings, twelve of them out of 101 ranked globally.”
We are growing. We have reorganised our work and created four Centres. These are the Centre for the Study of Energy, Center for Economic Governance and Political Affairs, Center for Climate Change, Agriculture and Environmental Studies and Center for Social Policy.
We also made huge forays into Francophone West Africa scouting for potential think tank leaders to train so they can replicate IMANI’s work. This project is aptly titled Imanifrancophone and its website is www.imanifrancophone.org .
Our recent think tank training in Mali is reported at http://imanighana.com/imani-francophone-in-mali-report/ .
However, I wanted to inform you about what for me was the most influential work we did in 2015 and arguably the most talked about as having the potential to affect our development as far as good accountable economic governance is concerned. In July 2015 we launched the maiden edition of the IMANIFESTO Project. For the first time in our democratic history as a country, an independent think tank (IMANI), sought to develop a robust framework with which to dispassionately assess and audit the ruling Government’s achievements vis-a-vis the promises they made in their manifesto way back in 2012, which brought them to power.
On July 29, 2015 the final mid-term progress report on our now famous project was launched in an event that was attended by heads of diplomatic missions, politicians, civil society leaders and was covered by almost every media house in Accra and far beyond as well as international media houses like Sky News. The full report is available here: https://citifmonline.com/2015/07/30/full-report-imanis-rating-of-ndcs-manifesto/ .
I wish to say a big thank you to our Board and Fellows, our Donors and Sponsors, Our partners and Supporters, our friends in the media and crucially all the hardworking staff without whom none of these achievements is possible. We hope you will be part of our work in 2016 so we can achieve even more together.
We will be conducting the final progress and impact analysis of the ruling NDC government and publicize the results in August or September 2016.
As you are obviously well aware, this being an election year will see the whole country drowned in political activity as politicians try their utmost to convince Ghanaians to buy into their proposed policies. We believe this a critical period to influence key policies to ensure that the politicians do not simply have their own way as has always been the case.
We are of the opinion that key issues regarding concrete and realistic policies towards poverty reduction, economic empowerment , local content especially in areas requiring support for existing technical and vocation skills, from engineers on the new FPSO, ownership of oil blocks in the TEN and potential oil fields, waste management to national identification management systems , modernized agriculture, unemployment and business start ups, corruption, development corridors such as SADA, security and other critical areas such as enlightened private pathways to delivering education, healthcare and the health of the economy should be given more prominence than has previously been the case. Hence the need to critically assess the policy promises of the political parties and crucially their budgets and opportunity costs.
In addition to our annual public sector leadership rankings, we will conduct an assessment of the entire public sector to determine the most prudent, productive user of government budgetary allocations and aim to publicize the reports with new voices in constitutiencies that have previously not been engaged on discussions about good governance and accountability.
However, we would like you to be part of this exercise of exacting accountability. Please do send me your concerns about the way we organise our politics and also five major issues you will expect politicians and citizens to address in election 2016. The issues can range from concerns in your business, community to national. Please send all your personal comments and complaints to me via email [email protected] or simply call 0244 638 178 to discuss any matter of importance to our stability and economic growth as a country beyond 2016.
Other Activities of Interest
We will deepen our relationship with the diplomatic community with additional focus on Latin America and Turkey. We will also honour our international obligations such as getting to know the European Union better, joining the Economist Magazine’s Nigerian Summit to contribute to the difficult subject of economic growth amidst security scares. I will be sharing insights on how Nigeria can overcome the challenges it faces in order to achieve economic diversification, job creation and a more effective conversion of growth into rising incomes for the country’s 173m citizens.
We will also join The Mail & Guardian, South Africa’s oldest and one of the most influential media houses on the continent to organise the first ever Economic Summit on ‘’Africa: Rise of the Indian Ocean Rim .
Later in the second week of June 2016, we will be co-hosting the first ever Africa Liberty Forum in Ghana with Atlas Network, the prestigious umbrella organisation for all market-oriented think tanks around the world, the Students and Young Professional Africa Liberty Academy (SYPALA), IMANI’s continental economic series seminar as well as the highly patronised training programme for think tank start ups, The Think Tank Training programme. These events will bring together some rare thinkers from across the globe to share ideas on how we can push the frontiers of economic freedom in Africa. It will be a unique opportunity for corporate bodies to contribute to the intellectual debates as well as showcase their products.
IMANI’s business department will be in touch with any business leader who intends sponsoring any of these events. Please email your questions to [email protected] or simply give us a call on 0244 638 178.
On a lighter note, I will be turning 40 on February 16, 2016. I have launched my personal website to mark this momentous occasion. Please visit it for business referrals local and international. www.franklincudjoe.org . I welcome your messages of good will.
Founding President & CEO