Civil Society

Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)

ISSER was established by the University of Ghana in 1962 as the Institute of Statistics, to provide a programme of teaching and research in statistics, with particular reference to the methodology, collection and analysis of official statistics. It was also to advise interested bodies on statistical design, analysis and computer programming.  A UN Statistical Training Centre, also established in 1962 to run middle-level statistical training programmes for public servants in Africa was brought under the auspices of the ISSER in 1966.  It was later realised that expanding the scope of the institute to include fundamental and applied research in the social sciences, to establish the basic data needed for effective development and modernisation, would be beneficial to the nation as a whole.  It is in line with this vision that the institute was converted, in 1969, into the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).  The United Nations continued its support of statistical training until 1972 when ISSER fully took over.



Abantu for Development

ABANTU for Development is a registered NGO established in 1991 by African women based in Europe. It is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The

Regional Office for Western Africa (ROWA), based in Accra, Ghana, was registered under the Companies Code in December 1998. The office was officially opened in March 1999. ABANTU-ROWA coordinates all ABANTU programmes in the West African sub-region including programme activities in the Nigeria Country Office (NCO). ROWA has gained credibility in the West Africa sub-region as an effective and credible gender and policy advocacy organisation. The organisation is currently focusing on the following key areas of develpoment as contained in the 12 Critical Areas of Concern in the Beijing Platform for Action: Gender and Governance, Gender and Climate Change and Gender and Peace Building.


Youth Network for Human Rights & Democracy (YOU-NET)

The Youth Network for Human Rights & Democracy (YOU-NET) started its work in 2000. It seeks to create a continuous platform of constructive dialogue among the youth of all political persuasions to work towards peaceful elections. In the long term YOU-NET expects that the project would have:

  • Provided constructive contact among the youth of the various parties and helped to reduce tensions;
  • Developed workable strategies for dealing with conflict and violence;
  • Increased the commitment, involvement and participation of the youth in the electoral process and the consolidation of democracy in Ghana.



Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)

The KAIPTC provides training and research in peacekeeping and peace operations. Established in 1998, it formally began operations in 2002. KAIPTC commenced its first full annual training and education cycle in March 2004, and has since expanded its curriculum to over twenty different courses. The KAIPTC is engaged in partnerships with several research and training facilities in the world, including Canada's Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. In addition to support from its host country, Ghana, the KAIPTC has benefited from assistance from Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

African Centre for Energy Policy

The African Centre for Energy Policy was estabished 2010 under the lead of energy expert Mohammed Adam Amin is a NGO which gives policy advise on oil and gas related topics to policy-makers and state institutions.


Center for Development, Research and Advocacy (CeDRA)

This Youth Think Tank was found by Alumni of the Youth Leadership Training and since allowed also other interested young researchers to join. The Center deals with economic, leadership or security issues. One main project is the conflict management project in Osudoku.

FIDA is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Organised in 1944 at Mexico City, the group was originally known officially by its Spanish name, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas. Its mission is to promote the welfare of women and children and the principle and aims of the United Nations in their legal and social aspects. FIDA obtained UN Consultative status in 1954. FIDA consists of individual members and affiliate organisations. Individual members must be women admitted to the practice of law in their respective countries. Affiliate organisations have been established in 73 countries in all 5 continents of the world. FIDA holds national, regional and international conferences and a biennial congress held in the country of the current president. Presidency is rotated around the five continents of the world.


Oilwatch Ghana

Oilwatch creation was inspired by the need to develop global strategies for the communities affected by
oil activities; support their resistance processes because they didn't want to see their territories
damaged; work for sustainability and defend their collective rights.
Within the activities of the network are the exchange of information on oil activities in each country,
the companies' operation practices, the different resistance movements and the international campaigns
against specific companies.