Partners

National House of Chiefs (NHC)

National House of Chiefs (NHC)

The National House of Chiefs has members from each of the Regional Houses of Chiefs. The NHC advises and interprets the customary laws of the land and settles disputes on matters affecting chieftaincy. It is further mandated to “undertake progressive study, interpretation, codification of the customary laws, in a view to evolving in appropriate cases, a unified system of customary laws”. The partnership between the NHC and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation was established in 1994 with the common objective of promoting the rule of law, Good Governance and democracy. First activities were focussed on facilitating an active role for chiefs in Ghana’s decentralisation process. Since 1998 the focus has been on facilitating effective collaboration between the executive, parliament and NHC in the form of tripartite meetings. An extensive codification exercise of the lines of succession to stools/skins in all the 192 officially recognized traditional areas in Ghana is also supported. When completed, the codified lines of succession will be passed into a national law.
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Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF)

Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF)

The Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) is a national centre for advocacy and promotion of the private sector. It is a non-Governmental organisation founded in 1994 by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce (GNCCI), the Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA) and the Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters. The mission of PEF is to serve the development needs of the private sector by influencing Government policies and regulations in order to create an enabling environment for a private-sector-led economic growth strategy towards enhancing national development. PEF has gained national prominence as the private sector advocate by participating in key national advisory, policy planning, formulation and monitoring committees. Since 1999 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) has supported the PEF in its advocacy role towards socio-economic reforms, by organising workshops aimed at strengthening the private sector, and creating an enabling platform for the deliberation of topical socio-economic issues. Since 2003 KAS has also focussed support on organising workshops to promote private sector growth through the establishment of appropriate business laws. For the year 2006, the KAS/PEF collaboration will be focussed on organising meetings with parliamentarians and business executives with a view towards striking the necessary relationship to achieve its advocacy role. Further, the advocacy capacity of Trade and Business Associations at the district level shall be strenghtened.
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Tamale Ecclesiastical Provinical Pastoral Centre (TEPPCON)

Tamale Ecclesiastical Provinical Pastoral Centre (TEPPCON)

Together with TEPPCON, the Pastoral Centre of the Catholic Church in Tamale (Northern Ghana) KAS is organizing civic education programmes for women and youth, e. g. concerning national and district level elections. Another goal of the collaboration is to establish a development dialogue among political parties, executive, legislative and traditional authorities and religious bodies ("Northern Think Tank").

Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD)

Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD)

CIKOD is a non-governmental organization based in Ghana whose main mission is to develop methodologies for the strengthening of traditional authorities and civil society organizations to facilitate sustainable grassroots organizational development that gives voice to the poor and vulnerable rural families. CIKOD is partnering with CARE International to implement CISOCS (Civil Society Capacity Support) component in CARE's ANR (Agriculture and Natural Resources) program. KAS and CIKOD are currently in the midst of a 3 year training programme for queens on governance, gender, natural resource management and leadership. Together they also try to encourage collaboration between District Assemblies and Traditional Authorities.
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Christian Mothers' Association (CMA)

Christian Mothers' Association (CMA)

The Christian Mothers' Association (CMA) Ghana, a national women Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) established by some Nuns and highly spirited women in the Catholic Church in the early 40s of the last century, has the vision to offer a holistic ministry to the women, thereby making them well-organised, self-reliant, self-sustaining, able to support the family up-keep, and more importantly to know their civic rights and responsibilities and being part of decision making at all levels. CMA operates in 17 out of the 18 Dioceses in Ghana and has a current active membership of over 35,000 women. As a broad-based democratic organisation, CMA operates within the confines of its constitution, where they use the bottom-top approach in decision making. The core activities include the provision of civic, health, formal and non formal education and teaching of social and moral values, and also supporting the income generating activities of women. For the last decade, CMA has undertaken many development projects in the areas of poverty reduction, entrepreneurship, micro-finance and spearheading environmental and societal issues, and also raising leaders to take part in Ghana's decentralisation process. CMA started its collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in 1966. Since then, a stable and lasting partnership was established. The current priority of this co-operation is a Civic Education Programme aimed at supporting women coming from all classes of society. This programme helps women to influence policies by attaining leadership roles and policy making positions.

Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA)

Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA)

Together with the Ghana Union of Traders Association, KAS is supporting district level elections, trying to improve the social accountability of traders, working on resource mobilization and disbursement at the district levels and business association engagement with the district assemblies.

National Commission on Culture (NCC)

National Commission on Culture (NCC)

The National Commission on Culture is a statutory public institution with a mandate to preserve the unique cultural identity and values of Ghana. It is also mandated to promote an integrated national culture and to contribute to the overall economic development of the nation. Its role is to advise and manage cultural life in Ghana from a holistic perspective. In 2001 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the NCC established a partnership for the promotion of peaceful cultural integration, development and Good Governance. KAS has so far supported the development of Ghana’s Cultural Policy and programmes to educate cultural officers and members of District Assemblies on the content of the policy document. Future joint activities will focus on strategic planning for the implementation of the cultural policy as well as on the role of culture in the NEPAD initiative. In 2006 KAS is sponsoring a collaboration between NCC and the Ministry of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD, to review and develop a new version of the NEPAD document to reflect the Ghanaian perspective.
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Ministry of the Interior (MOI)

Ministry of the Interior (MOI)

The Ministry of the Interior has the mandate to ensure the maintenance of internal security. Its core function is to initiate and formulate policy as well as to provide an enabling environment for national security. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation started cooperation with the Ministry in 2003 with deliberations in the form of consultative workshops to accelerate the peace-making process in the Dagbon Crisis, a conflict between two gates of the ruling family in Northern Ghana. Since 2004, the Foundation has also supported the Ministry to sensitize and better orientate national security organisations on their role in maintaining national security. The Foundation intends to further support the Ministry in the areas of Governance and Human Rights, as well as through consultative workshops on the use of early warning signs for the prevention of conflict.
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Ministry of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD

Ministry of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD

The (former) Ministry of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD was established in March 2003 and in May 2006 merged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Until then, it existed as the Ministry of Economic Planning and Regional Integration. It was set up to coordinate the implementation of regional integration protocol agreements, conventions and programmes within the country in line with national development programmes. Since the year 2003 the Ministry has been charged with the responsibility of promoting the principles of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), as a mechanism to transform the socio-economic fortunes of the country. Good Governance constitutes an important or rather decisive strategic component of the NEPAD approach. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) initiated collaboration with the Ministry in 2003, focusing support on the implementation of the NEPAD initiative and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process. Since then several workshops have been organised together with the Ministry, the objective being to sensitize the general public on the relevance of the initiative, and to create a platform for stakeholders in the APRM process. -- Please note: With effect of 28 April 2006, this Ministry has been merged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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