(I) Core Programmes

The Center is operationally organized under three main policy research areas. These are: Economic Policy Research and Management, Accelerated Economic Growth and Prosperity and Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening.

A. Economic Policy Research and Management;

    Studies include:

  •     Non -partisan economic research on policies of critical importance to Ghana, the ECOWAS sub-region and    Africa as whole.
  •     Analysis of the impact of policy on the economy of Ghana.
  •     Fiscal Policy Issues, Monetary Policy Issues, Inflation and Exchange Rate Developments, and Economic  Outlook.

B.    Accelerated Economic Growth and Prosperity;
   
       This study deals with:

   The search for accelerated growth as an input into generating prosperity and reducing poverty.  
   Sectoral Analysis with emphasis on Agriculture.
    Fiscal and Macroeconomic Management for Growth, Trade and Exchange Rate Policy;
    Diagnostics and Strategies for Growth in the different Ecological Belts of Ghana; and
    Gender and Social dimensions Analysis.


C.    Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening;

    The study is intended to improve the impact and dissemination activities of the Centre, in addition to improving the quality of economic research and analysis. It consists of six main components:

  •    Capacity building within the State Institutions including Parliament;
  •    Capacity Building within Civil Society;
  •    Training and Internships;
  •    Workshops and Seminars on results and findings of CEPA research activities;
  •    Schools and Colleges programme;
  •     Construction of formal models to sharpen the focus of  policy research   


(II)  Research Output and Dissemination
The main publications are the:

  • Ghana Economic Review and Outlook
  • Review and Analysis of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana both of which comes out once a year and
  • Ghana Selected Economic Series.
  • The Ghana Economic Review and Outlook provides in-depth analysis of the:
  •                 Public Finance and Fiscal Operations;
  •                 Money, Credit and Banking;
  •                 Trade and Payments;
  •                 Social Sector Issues (Poverty, Gender, Health, Education, Housing etc.); and
  •                 Economic Outlook for the year.  
  • The Review and Analysis of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana gives an overview of the Budget Statement as presented to Parliament by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and its implications on the various sectors of the economy of Ghana
  • Ghana Selected Economic deals with emerging economic issues of concern to Ghana.
  • (III)  D.  CEPA/ERASMUS Library and Information Resource Center

    Acquisition and documentation of books, journals and other library materials with emphasis on policy analysis. The library also has:

  •     A databank on major economic aggregates;  and
  •     CD-ROMs providing a comprehensive reference guide.


(IV)  E.  Commission and Contract Studies
The center also farms out project on contract basis to CEPA associates in  various areas of policy relevance, such as Macroeconomic and Sectoral Policy   Issues; Gender and Credits; Gender and Poverty; Trade and Commercial   Policy; Privatization; Financial Sector Issues and Labour Market Issues.

(V)   F.   Other CEPA Activities
CEPA staff participates fully in a number of Seminars, Workshops, Public Lectures and Radio/Television Programmes, which may be organized by other  institutions as part of her dissemination efforts.