Who We Are

The Development Research and Advocacy Centre (DRAC) is a non-profit and non-state institution devoted to the pursuit of research, training and advocacy towards achieving sustainable development in Ghana, particularly the savanna ecological zone of the country. It has its head office in the capital of the Upper East Region with satellite and collaboration offices in both the upper west and northern regions. 

DRAC grew out from the activities of a group of young political economists and youth activists of Northern Ghana descent who have been concerned about the high and persistent levels of poverty and the general underdevelopment of the region vis-à-vis the inability of the political and intellectual capital of the north to proffer concrete development options for steering the region out of the quagmire. 



Our broad goal is to provide an innovative platform for the definition, articulation and promotion of alternative development and economic policies and democratic governance that ensure justice for the poor and marginalized, intra and inter generational equity and equitable exploitation of natural resources through the provision of credible research, analysis, policy advice and advocacy

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a leading development research and advocacy think tank, devoted to assisting the government of Ghana promulgate and implement development policies that focus on and serve the poor, promote equity and environmental sustainability through evidenced based research and policy advice services

Our Vision

A Ghana at peace in diversity where development is balanced and equitable through transparent, accountable and sustainable exploitation of natural resources with inter-generational equity


To contribute to the improvement of food security, health and sanitation especially of women and children, facilitate the effective participation of women in public and economic governance, improve CSOs engagement with public agencies and public actors, and contribute to a reduction in the impact of green-hose gases on livelihoods by supporting the adoption of efficient and cost effective adaptation measures.


Mutual Respect- to engender cordiality in the work we do, we shall respect each other’s views with the understanding that it is only when we disagree that best alternative decisions will be made to bring about progress. We shall allow all to have a say.

Transparency and Accountability- We will at all time, without any compromise ensure that transparency and accountability over ride all our transactions amongst ourselves and the poor people we work with.

Trust-we will ensure and build common trust between us and our constituents as well as with our partners.

Equity and Justice- to work to ensure equal opportunities to all and sundry, irrespective of race, age, gender, social status, economic status, HIV status, religion, ethnicity, disability etc.

Gender Sensitivity- in all our dealings we will take into consideration the role of both men and women in a way that gives them equal opportunities. We will design and implement programmes and activities that improve the economic and social capacities of women and children with the aim of reaching gender parity.