Applications are invited from qualified candidates to spend a year at the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) as Visiting Fellows.
Duration of Fellowship
Twelve (12) calendar months or one academic year
Candidates should be on Sabbatical Leave and should be of the rank of at least Associate Professor in a social science discipline, preferably Political Science, Economics, and Sociology.
Candidates must be prepared to undertake research in an area that falls within any of the Institute’s research areas, and work as a member of IDEG’s team of researchers. (See below for programme areas.)
Successful candidates will be given attractive financial benefits as supplement, office space and other provisions to facilitate research.
Mode of Application
Interested scholars should submit a written application together with current CV and a brief statement of the intended research. Applications should be submitted electronically to the following address:
Deadline for submitting applications: Applications are accepted all year round provided that a minimum of 3 months is allowed for processing an application before the applicant assumes duty.
Vision and Mission
The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) was founded in 2000 as an independent, not-for-profit organization to undertake policy research and advocacy activities.
IDEG’s vision is to become a leading think tank in Africa, accumulate and share knowledge for sustainable development, and to promote a free, just and prosperous society in Ghana and the rest of Africa.
IDEG’s mission is to enhance the capacity of citizens to influence public policy choices for accelerated growth and equitable development, and advance democracy and good governance in Ghana and the rest of Africa.
In the context of these core values, the IDEG pursues the following objectives.
- Undertake policy-based research
- Publish and disseminate research findings to enrich policy debate
- Design participatory mechanisms for monitoring and implementing policies to ensure their impact on good governance
- Empower civil society groups to pursue policy advocacy for alternative development strategies
- Develop programmes and methods for effective participation of civil society and private sector actors in the public policy process
- Provide public platforms for citizen engagement in the policy process, enrich policy dialogue, and foster a strategic partnership between state actors, the private sector, and citizen groups
- Promote awareness and, strengthen respect for, human rights and democratic values and norms in the development process at the national and continental levels
The IDEG employs analytical research, dialogue, advocacy and capacity building (viz.; upgrading of skills of public deliberation, dialogue and lobbying on public policy issues and process) as tools to pursue its programme objectives.
The Institute is running programmes in 4 core areas; namely,
i) Electoral Politics and Accountability
ii) Poverty, Inequality and Sustainable Development
iii) Nation-building and Democracy
iv) Interface Capacity Development
Each programme is headed by a Research Fellow
1. Electoral Politics and Accountability
This programme is responsible for research in the areas of electoral politics, decentralization, democratic governance, citizen participation in the policy process, social accountability and transparency, and a broad range of governance issues.
2. Poverty, Inequality and Sustainable Development
The purpose of the research under this programme is to produce research outcomes that contribute to the debate on economic and social development policies that promote sustainable and equitable development and reduce poverty. This programme currently focuses on two priority areas of development – agriculture (including forestry) education and health.
3. Nation-Building and Democracy
The focus of this thematic area is emerging issues in the country’s democratic development. Examples of issues that have been addressed under this theme recently are
- Constitutional Reform and Democratic Governance in Ghana
- Managing Competitive Politics: ‘The Winner Takes All’ Rule, Democracy and Development
- The Land Question and Development in Ghana and
- The Media and Peace and Cohesion of the Nation
4. Interface Capacity Development
The primary focus of this programme is the upgrade of interface competencies of state and non-state actors in order to improve their performance as actors in the policy arena in pursuit of accelerated and equitable growth, democracy and good governance in Ghana. The target are citizen groups at the community level who are taken through an empowerment programme by professionals, including gender experts, policy analysts, and development practitioners, M&E experts, experts in the techniques of public deliberation, policy dialogue, lobbying and advocacy, climate change and the environment; as well as youth, decentralization and community development.
Research and related activities under these programmes are always concluded with a policy dialogue which takes the form of either a seminar or workshop, and other forums which would afford stakeholders such as government, civil society, academia, the private sector, development partners and the general public the opportunity to exchange ideas on matters of public interest. The purpose of such platforms is to collate stakeholder views to enrich and give weight to the Institute’s research outcomes, and give government the benefit of a broad-based policy advice.
Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG)
# 24 Garden Road, Intersection Okine Street, Ambassadorial Enclave
East Legon, Accra
P. O. Box CT 5767, Cantonments, Accra-Ghana
Te: 233-302 543295; 543320