Who We Are

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) was established in Ghana in March 2013 as a politically independent non-profit think-tank devoted to the provision of economic policy advice, advocacy and world-class training based on practical experience and insights developed through quality research and analysis. The Institute seeks to conduct high-quality independent research in macroeconomic and fiscal policy management to promote better understanding of the Ghanaian economy in general and government finances in particular for the benefit of government, the business community, and civil society. It also provides fora for public discussions and reflections on the country’s macroeconomic policy and public finance. In addition, the Institute provides advisory services on macroeconomic and fiscal policy designs and management.

Our Vision

The vision of the IFS is to become an indispensable pillar in the economic and social transformation of Ghana.

Our Mission

The mission of the Institute is to contribute to Ghana’s fiscal management and macroeconomic transformation. This mission rests on two basic premises. First, that growth and development occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy. Second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is active and well informed group of locally- based professional economists to conduct relevant policy research to influence policy-making. To this end, the IFS undertakes innovative research into relevant policy issues, analyze public finance developments, assess the implications of government economic policy, provide practical recommendations that put government finances on a sustainable path, and share the information and knowledge freely with policymakers, parliamentarians, analysts, and the general public.


The objectives of the Institute are to:
  1. Contribute to economic policy-making and management in Ghana;
  2. Promote better understanding of macro-fiscal management in Ghana;
  3. Strengthen public finance management which will lead to improvement in social welfare and enhance opportunity for all Ghanaians;
  4. Build capacity for economic policy research;
  5. Create an environment for open discourse and debate on public policy and macro-fiscal management.