Overview of the Centre

The Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS) was established in 1996 within the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ghana, with funding from United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This was in support of expanding social protection-related research and advocacy in the academic curriculum, to deepen policy and practice in aid of vulnerable groups in Ghana.

CSPS today continues to reflect the original goal for the establishment of the Centre, but in addition, there is greater emphasis on capacity development for social analysis to meet current development priorities. The Centre therefore aims to promote broader social protection research, training and advocacy to deepen social policy formulation and practice in Ghana. As part of this agenda the Centre collaborates with other departments at the University of Ghana, state agencies and civil society networks. In the process, CSPS has been quite instrumental in supporting the formulation of policies that address vulnerability and exclusion in Ghanaian society.

An important part of the work of the Centre involves research and creating a forum for the dissemination of information on social protection and policy. By these means, CSPS has helped to draw several workers and the general public into the debate and decision making process in support of disadvantaged groups.

Each academic year CSPS organises a monthly seminar series on a selected theme. Several presenters from both within and outside the University of Ghana come to present their findings and experiences in the field of social policy implementation to the general public