About us

About Us

The Gold Coast Sustainability and Governance Institute (GCSGI), or Gold Coast for short, is both an idea and a dream. The name Gold Coast, although a pre-independence identity for now Ghana, is indicative of our mission to draw from the past to inform and build a more sustainable and democratic Africa in the present and future. 

We believe that sustainable development and democratic governance are not mutually exclusive. Thus, we strive towards a dream where Africa’s development cannot be discussed and planned for without paying attention to building effective legal and institutional foundations. Inspired by Dr. Nkrumah’s “self-government now,” we believe that the current historical juncture behooves us to decide whether Africa’s sustainable development and democratic governance should be demanded now or within the nearest possible future.

 Like Dr. Nkrumah, we at Gold Coast believe that it is time to build the needed coalition and take pragmatic steps to secure Africa’s sustainable development and democratic governance now. Our contribution to this endeavor is to bring together thoughtful, energetic, and vision-driven scholars and practitioners to engage in critical and transformative research, community engagement, and policy advocacy.

Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana first President

Our History and Mission

The Gold Coast Sustainability and Governance Institute (GCSGI) or Gold Coast was formerly registered in 2018 but the founding partners have been working together for more than half a decade before establishing Gold Coast. In 2017, the founding partners of Gold Coast considered it prudent to formerly constitute Gold Coast to consolidate their talents, knowledge, skills, and vision towards creating a research and policy think tank focused squarely on addressing three thematic issues: sustainable development, governance, and innovation and technology in Africa. GCSGI was later registered in 2018 as a nonprofit research organization in Ghana.

Gold Coast seeks to become a leader in the coming years undertaking cutting-edge research, community engagement, and policy advocacy in the above-mentioned three thematic issues. GCGSI brings together emerging scholars and practitioners to undertake action research and policy dialogues, which are aimed at transforming how we think about and act towards Africa’s sustainable development and democratic governance. 

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We also highlight the work (e.g. scholarly publications, policy briefs, blog posts) of our affiliated partners and others on sustainable development, governance, and innovation and technology in Africa. In essence, Gold Coast is a site for producing and disseminating cutting-edge and actionable knowledge and information on to secure Africa’s sustainable development and democratic governance now.

 We welcome opportunities for collaboration and critical conversations around Africa’s sustainable development, and legal and institutional trajectory

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