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November 17, 2009

Promoting decentraised decision making

Evaluation of 20 years Local Assembly System in Ghana

The Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), in collaboration with KAS, orgainsed a stakeholder w/shop for recognised political parties to contribute towards the acceleration of decentralising Government. Hon. Joseph Y. Chireh, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said the review process is to rekindle popular interest in local governance and local level democracy for various sections of the population and to ensure efficient and sustainable local level development. more…

November 14, 2009

Advocacy for Social Market Economy

Promotion of Good Cooperate Governance

The Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) in collaboration with KAS organised a day’s seminar for members of relevant Parliamentary committees to discuss how their functions can be enhanced to promote good corporate governance in Ghana. PEF President, Mr Asare Akuffo, highlighted the challenges the private sector faces, among others poor institutional and regulatory frameworks, poor infrastructure, poor public services delivery and enduring perception of corruption in the public service. more…

November 4, 2009

German Chancellor's visit to the USA

"We have the strength to overcome the walls of our time"

Rarely a foreign head of state or head of government will be given the honour to deliver a speech before both houses of the U.S. Congress (Senate and House). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had invited German Chancellor Merkel to do so. Read the speech of Chancellor Merkel in detail (sorry, German only) and see the reactions of the American press (English). more…

October 8, 2009

2009 Nobel Literature Prize

The 2009 Nobel Prize Winner won 2004 the Literture Prize of KAS

The Nobel Prize 2009 goes to the Romanian-born German writer Hertha Müller "who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed". Because of her political commitment as a chronicler of everyday life in a dictatorship, her literature had protested against prescribed thinking and disabling speech. It was in the light of this, that the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung had awared her already in 2004 its Literature Prize.

October 6, 2009

Africa Media Leadership Conference 2009

African media bosses focus on harnessing and “monetising” digital natives

The 8th edition of the KAS-SPI Africa Media Leadership Conference 2009 brought together African media bosses for their annual summit from 4th to 7th October, in Accra, to examine how they can harness and “monetise” the continent’s growing youthful audiences who are heavily reliant on digital media channels as their sources of news, information and entertainment. The conference was opend on behalf of the Vice-President by the Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel O. Ablakwa. more…

July 17, 2009

Private Sector and Social Market Economy

Building partnerships between the Legislature and the Private Sector

The Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF) with the support of KAS has organized a retreat for members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade and selected private sector actors. The New NDC Government, represented by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, has assured that for them like for the previous government, the Private Sector is key to economic growth in the country. He stated that the Ministry has put strategies in place to help remove challenges facing the business world. more…

July 14, 2009

Obama Visit to Ghana 10 - 11 July 2009

The speech Obama didn't deliver

Whereas a great number of people, especially Ghanaians, welcomed the speech US President delivered in Ghana, Africa wide his words met with anger and disappointment. Being "a son of the soil", expectations had been particularly high. Firoze Manji provides a perspective on what Barack Obama could have said during his first visit to Sub-Sahara Africa as President of the United States of America. more…

April 15, 2009

Support of Social Market Economy

KAS to support John Kufuor Foundation for Leadership & Social Market Economy

Today the KAS ResRep, accompanied by Snr. Project Manager, I. Owusu-Mensah, paid a visit to ex-President, H.E. John A. Kufuor, to discuss the possible support by KAS of a John Kufuor Foundation for Leadership & Social Market Economy. Mr. Kufuor was well aware of the father of the Social Market Economy, Prof. Ludwig Erhard, Economy Minister under Konrad Adenauer in the 1950th and 60th in then West Germany. He emphasised his vision to contribute to a socially just Ghana by way of his Foundation.

March 12, 2009

Symposium on Nation-Building

Prof. Jonah: Ethnicity is a big challenge for political parties in Ghana

This is what Prof. Jonah told a Symposium on Nation-Building, organised by KAS. He added that parties employ ethnicity as a political tool to enhance their fortunes, and that this is getting worse by each election. The Symposium was opened by Hon. H. Iddrissu, Minister of Communication, and chaired by Mrs. Joyce Aryee, CEO Ghana Chamber of Mines. The German Ambassador to Ghana, Dr. M. Haas, spoke on the problems Germany is still facing 20 years after reunification vis-à-vis nation-building. more…

March 5, 2009

Democracy and Development

Think Tank to press for Development and Poverty Alleviation of Northern Ghana

The Tamale Ecclesiastical Province Pastoral Conference (TEPPCON), together with KAS, organised a Think Tank meeting to develop an action plan for Ghana's three northern regions towards poverty alleviation. Present were development-oriented individuals, among them the Pro-VC of the Univ. of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Professor D. Millar. “The undervaluing and underutilisation of the indigenous knowledge of our local people, limits sustainability of the traditional systems,” he stressed. more…