Africa at Noon on October 17, 2012

The Con­ver­gence of For­mal and Infor­mal Eco­nomic Insti­tu­tions: Susu in Ghana

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang
Post­doc­toral Researcher, Agri­cul­tural & Applied Eco­nom­ics
Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Loca­tion: 12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI


Dominant in Ghana, informal financial institutions known as “susu” represent weaknesses to the political state, and limited economic agency among the poor. This presentation will explore the policy strategy of formalizing informal financial systems as well as the economic and political consequences.


Kweku Opoku-Agyemang is an Applied Economics postdoctoral researcher who focuses on the political economy of non-market institutions. He earned his Ph.D. in Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Kweku was a National Service Person at the Ministry of Education of the Government of Ghana in 2004.