The Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) was established on the 4th of January 1993 as an independent, non-governmental think- tank, which provides rigorous analysis and perspectives on economic policy issues of Ghana and the developing world.
CEPA has a mandate to promote a non-partisan, informed debate on key policy issues on the economy of Ghana with emphasis on macroeconomics growth and poverty alleviation issues.
Specifically our research deals with fiscal and monetary policy; debt management, trade policy; industrial policy; the social sectors and agricultural policy and aims to propose feasible policy alternatives in these areas. The Centre holds seminars and workshops to share its findings with Ghanaian, African and international institutions and organisations
In 2013, the Global GoTo Think Tank survey carried out by the University of Pennsylvania ranked CEPA 11th among the top fifty think tanks involved with economic policy analysis and management in Sub-Saharan Africa. This ranking — “one of the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks” — has placed CEPA among the top twenty think tanks with the greatest impact on research-based public policy, including the well-resourced South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) as top performance. It is also interesting to note that in the 2011Global GoTo Think Tank Survey CEPA was ranked 8th among the top thirty think tanks in the sub-region. CEPA was also ranked 9th among 50 Sub-Saharan Africa countries in the 2012 survey.
From the foregoing, it is universally acknowledged that over the twenty year period since its establishment in January 1993; CEPA has emerged as an influential and credible economic think tank, shaping macroeconomic policymaking and influencing policy direction in its quest for accelerated economic growth with jobs in an environment of macroeconomic (price and exchange rate) stability. Through its evidence-based research efforts pertaining to economic policy reforms, CEPA has taken strong root in the Ghanaian economic policy analysis space and research environment.
CEPA's vision is to be a high standard international, independent think tank. CEPA aspires to be a repository and a source of sound credible data and a definitive authority on economic policy issues affecting Ghana, the ECOWAS sub-region and the entire African continent.
Poverty reduction and wealth creation are the ultimate goals of most developing countries and Ghana is no exception to these developmental objectives. CEPA's mission is to facilitate and promote open and pro-active discussions on key related issues which impact positively on poverty reduction. The Centre achieves this by engaging policy-makers, decision makers, implementers, academics, business people, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), and other professionals in debate and discussion on policy issues. To this end, the Centre provides a forum for the articulation of key public issues, the formulation of realistic solutions and the provision of alternative policy choices to policy makers to address problems of the poor.