The IEA releases the inaugural Petroleum Transparency and Accountability Index to track the management of Ghana's oil and gas revenues.
The Presidential Transition Bill, developed by The IEA as part of the GPPP, is passed by Parliament.
The Petroleum Revenue Management Act, which sets out a framework for the management of Ghana's oil and gas revenues, is passed by Parliament. The Act was prepared with significant input of the IEA.
The Presidential Transition Bill, developed by the IEA as part of the GPPP, is introduced into Parliament. The Bill seeks to ensure that any transfer of power is undertaken smoothly and systematically and seeks to overcome some of the problems of the past.
The IEA organised the first ever debate between Vice-Presidential candidates, as well as the first Presidential debate to include representatives from all political parties with parliamentary representation. Complementing this, the IEA commenced a series of Evening Encounters, providing an opportunity for Presidential candidates to outline their platform and respond to questions.
The Institute, recognising the deficiencies in Ghana’s democratic practice since the coming into force of the 1992 constitution, undertook an extensive study in key areas and proposed practical reforms for change in a document entitled Democracy Consolidation Strategy Paper (DCSP). The DCSP proposed practical reforms in the macro-political environment examining the Constitution itself, Political Parties, and the Electoral system; the governance agenda of Ghana covering decentralisation, anti corruption, human rights, media independence and the role of women and the youth in governance; the Legislative Framework for Governance involving how to make Parliament effective; Judicial independence and the justice system and civil society participation in public policy formulation, implementation and monitoring.
The Institute prepared the Draft Public Funding of Political Parties Bill and the Draft Political Parties Bill. Both bills were launched in March 2008. The bills aim at strengthening the capacity of Ghana’s Political Parties and creating a more liberal and flexible environment for Ghana’s Political Parties to flourish.
The IEA published and launched Ghana’s first multidisciplinary policy Journal – called the Ghana Policy Journal
The IEA, through the Ghana Political Parties Programme, commenced work on drafting a Presidential Transition Bill which will ensure the smooth transfer of part from one President to another.
The IEA initiated the West African Regional Programme for Political Parties (WARPPP) to extend the successes chalked and lessons learned in Ghana’s democratic consolidation to other West African Countries. WARPP provides an opportunity for political parties across West Africa to engage in democratic dialogue and to collaborate with civil society organizations.
The IEA facilitated the formation of a Political Parties Code of Conduct and the setting up of a National Enforcement Body to regulate the code.
Cabinet approved two bills which originated from The Institute, namely the Whistle Blowers Bill and the Right to Information Bill. The Whistle Blowers Bill was passed into law in 2006 by Parliament.
The IEA successfully brought and continues to bring together a Platform of General Secretaries and Caucus of Political Party Chairmen to dilate on key political issues.
The IEA won the campaign against the Criminal Libel Law, after persistent advocacy for its repeal.
The first ever nationwide Voter Education programme and Ghana’s first Presidential Debate were organised by The IEA. These initiatives have been sustained by the Institute to date.
For election 1996, The Institute formed a coalition of Civil Society Organisations - NADEO – and trained them to monitor the elections.
The Institute launched the Economic Review series which served as a vehicle for analysing the state of the nation’s economy and providing useful insights.
In furtherance of its institutional support to the legislature, The IEA sent the first batch of IEA-trained Legislative Research Assistants to provide technical support to Parliamentarians. That programme has now been institutionalized by Parliament; with many of the pioneer assistant’s now full-time clerks in the House.
The IEA launched its flagship publication – The Legislative Alert Series that aims at reviewing and analysing existing legislative policies and providing recommendations for change. Today, The IEA has other publications to its credit namely; The IEA Governance Newsletter, Policy Analysis, Occasional Papers, IEA Monographs, Celebrating Democracy, Quarterly Highlights,
Economic Review and Analysis among others.
1992 – 1996
The IEA served as an important counter to Government policies when there was virtually no opposition in Parliament.