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October 25, 2008

General Elections December 2008

Vice President Assures Peaceful Elections

VP Aliu Mahama recently expressed the readiness of government to welcome any foreign election observer. He further assured peaceful, free and fair elections. The VP expressed these views when he interacted with a two-member delegation from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) of Germany at the Osu Castle. The delegation was led by Mr Frank Spengler, Dpty Head of the Department of International Cooperation of KAS. Mr Spengler was in Ghana on the occasion of the Stiftung’s workshop on political parties. more…

October 17, 2008

Promotion of Political Parties

KAS Support Strategy for Sub Sahara Africa Put to Test

To put to test KAS' strategy of political party support on the African continent, the Stiftung's Africa Representatives as far away as Mozambique and Namibia in the South and Senegal in the North, as well as staff of its headquarters in Berlin, are gathering in Accra from 19th to 22nd October 2008. The purpose is to deliberate during a three day workshop on the effectiveness and appropriateness of KAS activities in the field of political party support. more…

September 17, 2008

General Elections December 2008

Chiefs to be involved in clearing flawed voter lists

During a workshop, which was organised by the NHC in collaboration with the Ministry of Chieftaincy & Culture and KAS, under the theme, "The role of chiefs in the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections" the Chiefs assured the Electoral Commission that they would be preprepared to assist in the forthcoming clearing exercise of the flawed voter lists. They complained that they had not been involved in the voter registration in the first place. "Our chiefs know the people on the ground!" more…

September 5, 2008

High Level Forum 3 in Accra

Europeans united against USA and Japan for better AAA on Aid Effectiveness

The final version of the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA) document has not changed dramatically as opposed to the final draft from August. However, to the credit of a number of stubborn European Ministers decided to make things better - and at the same time gain some political credit and visibility - the final AAA is better than it could have been. more…

August 28, 2008

State visit President Kufuor in Germany

In the field of good governance the Germans have supported us

"Above all, in the field of good governance the Germans have supported us, for example, institutions such as the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. All these different foundations have made important contributions to the efforts of my government to strengthen our democracy, collaborating with our government institutions, but also in connection with non-governmental organisations." President Kufuor at a press conference with Chancellor Merkel on 27 August in Berlin.

August 14, 2008

Traditional Structures & Development

Wa: Strenghtening traditional Women Leaders for participation in Good Governance

Traditional women leaders have been urged to develop their capacities and potentials to enable them to confront modern development challenges. This was the aim of a recent training course by CIKOD and UDS, sponsored by KAS in Wa, UE. The training was on the relationship between traditional governance and the formal local governance systems, identifying the role of traditional women leaders and strengthen their awareness for utilising both modern and tradition conflict resolution methods. more…

May 5, 2008

General Elections December 2008

Ghanaians cautioned against political ethnocentrism

Ms Agnes A. Ganda of TEPPCON has warned Ghanaians that the tendency to elect political leaders based on ethnocentrism and religious background could negatively affect the country's young democracy. She said such a trend could also result in electing incompetent and greedy people. She was speaking at 3 workshops for youths from political, religious, civil society and youth organisations in Nandom, Navrongo and Salaga. The workshops were recently organised by TEPPCON with the support of KAS.

April 9, 2008

Chieftaincy Institution

Support to the formation of District Councils of Traditional Authorities

In order to promote the formation of District Councils of Traditional Authorities (TA) in the Upper West Region, a series of workshops are being organised by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) in collaboration with KAS. The workshops will seek to define the desired change that the TAs want for their communities. The first w/shop took place in Wa from 2nd to 3rd of April 2008. Others will follow in Lawra and Tumu. more…

March 17, 2008

General Elections December 2008

Security agencies are urged to be loyal to the State - not Government

Recently, the Ministry of Interior with KAS organised a one day w/shop for 80 representatives from various Security Services, as well as the EC and National Commission on Civic Education, on "The Role of the Security Services in the up-coming Presidential and Parliamentary Elections", in Upper East Region. Mr. G. Ofosu-Mensah, UE Reg. Police Cmndr, called on security personnel to show high sense of professionalism no matter the provocation and stay neutral and focused on their responsibilities. more…

March 5, 2008

Millenium Development Goals & Culture

Prof. Hagan: Put MDGs in context of Ghana's Culture and Historic Experience

In a recent workshop in Cape Coast on Culture, NEPAD & MDGs, organised by the National Commission on Culture (NCC) together with KAS, the Chairman of NCC, Professor George Hagan, advocated for a meaningful dialogue to uncover the challenges posed by the MDGs to leaders and social groups, as well as define strategic approaches and modes of action that would facilitate the attainment of the goals. Interventions can only succeed if they do spring from the cultural context in which the people live. more…