PREAMBLE

Research broadly enhances the description, understanding, and prediction of occurrences and/or provides pragmatic solutions to societal problems. Because of the social and economic impacts of research on contemporary knowledge-economy, the United Nations, through the Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Target 9.5), has admonished countries to substantially increase the number of researchers, increase both public and private spending on research, and strive for innovative and quality research for sustainable industrialization.

Globally, universities and research institutions are known for conducting and disseminating high-quality research. The situation is, however, different in Ghana where general economic and political considerations, institutional leadership and managerial problems have made it extremely challenging for the universities, research institutions, and their faculty members to engage in active research. Notably, some universities and research institutions in Ghana do not have active research agenda and culture; a development, if not addressed, could lead to a complete demise of quality and innovative research needed to address the age-long and contemporary issues besetting the socioeconomic growth and development of the country. The near-neglect of research in sub-Saharan African countries, including Ghana, was acknowledged by the United Nations in the Sustainable Development Goals Report issued in 2016 which called for urgent and concerted effort to enhance research capabilities in the region.  

The Research and Grant Institute of Ghana (REGIG), an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, is aimed at promoting the generation and dissemination of quality and innovative research to facilitate the socioeconomic development of Ghana and to aid global scientific discourse. The REGIG is repositioning the universities and research institutions to play active and instrumental roles in shaping the developmental agenda of Ghana through their influences on the direction and insight produced from quality empirical research. The REGIG is committed to partnering with national, regional and international institutions, organizations, and agencies to stimulate, facilitate, demand, and celebrate the highest standard of excellence in research in Ghana. Prioritizing and promoting excellence in quality, cutting-edge, and innovative research in Ghanaian universities and research institutions is important for reasons noted below:

  • Research can unleash the requisite knowledge, ideas, innovation, and technologies needed for the production of goods and services to engineer socioeconomic growth.
  • Through research, new techniques and analytic tools can be developed as solutions to complex technological problems hampering the operations and growth of businesses and industries.
  • Research has the propensity to shape the policies and programs undertaken by the government of Ghana, state institutions, development partners and other interested organizations. Indeed, the limited resources available for national development calls for government policies and programs to be systematically monitored and interrogated for an informed decision making with respect to cost, benefit, and sustainability.
  • As practitioners of the teacher-scholar model, the nature and type of research conducted by the Ghanaian institutions can affect the quality of teaching, training, and learning processes, and ultimately the development of human capital. Faculty members and institutions who are actively engaged in conducting high quality and cutting-edge research on context-specific issues and subsequently incorporating their findings into the teaching and learning processes are more likely to produce graduates with context-relevant skills and competencies.
  • Quality research will obviously contribute significantly to the intellectual development of the faculty members, aid in their promotion and recognition as experts.
  • Ghanaian-based research findings have the propensity to decolonize and democratize the scientific literature for the betterment of the wider academic and research community, thereby facilitating global scientific discourse.
  • Solid and strong research activities will contribute to the internationalization of the Ghanaian universities and research institutions. That is, based on the faculty members’ innovative and creative discoveries and publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, Ghanaian universities and institutions can be highly ranked on the international scene. The benefits of internationalization of the institutions to the socioeconomic development of Ghana mostly revolve around the attraction of international students as exchange or full-time students and hosting of major academic conferences, workshops, and symposium.

 


The REGIG is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting the generation, dissemination, and utilization of research to facilitate the socioeconomic development of Ghana and to contribute to global scientific discourse.

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