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Ghana: Report on the Launch of the Democracy Report 2007

Political Parties worldwide and in Ghana

The Report was launched by the 2nd Dpty Speaker of Parliament and the occasion was chaired by the Chairperson of the Good Governance Programme. It assesses political parties across the world towards democratic development beyond periodic elections. The study samples 16 countries from all the geo-political regions of the world. Ghana was one of the 4 African countries chosen and Prof. K. Ninsin, the Dept. of Political Science, University of Ghana researched the Ghana case. more…

Event Reports | December 13, 2007

Speeches during Opening Ceremony of Chieftaincy Conference

KAF Resident Representative & German Ambassador

Workshop on Chieftaincy Institution: "Ghana@50: Resolving the Duality in Governance - The Future of Chieftaincy Institution" / 26th – 28th February 2007 / Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra // Organized by: Nana Nketsia IV Trust and Centre for Indigenous Knowledge & Organisational Development (CIKOD) more…

February 28, 2007

Bern Guri Eulogy by Volker Moenikes

Mr. Bern Guri, Snr. Programme Officer at the KAF Ghana Country Office, leaves the Foundation at the end of 2006 in order to devote all his time to a NGO he has founded: The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD). more…

December 22, 2006

Political Parties and Political Participation in Ghana

by Prof. Kwame A. Ninsin

Political parties became important as instruments in Ghana’s democratic practice as early as the 1950s when the country was in transition from colonial rule to an independent sovereign nation-state. As many as 8 political parties emerged between 1954 and 1957 to participate in the struggle for self-determination against British colonial rule. Between 1969 and 1972 when the country freed itself from the first military regime, between 5 and 12 political parties were formed to join hands in the agitation to restore democratic rule in the country. In 1979 when the country had to reclaim her government from the military and place it on a democratic basis there was an explosion of political parties: 11 political parties mushroomed; by 1981 the scramble to form political parties had simmered down reducing the number to 6 that existed at various levels of engagement in the political process until the last and longest military regime usurped power from December 1981 to December 1992. To varying degrees these parties expressed different identities: especially in the transition from colonial rule to independent nationhood. Some of the political parties were formed to express sub-national or ethnic, regional, religious or supra-national identities. Invariably however, all of them were guided by a single dynamic logic: namely, the burning desires to exercise the democratic rights which people all over the world cherish: namely, the right to free choice, to self-determination, to association, and the right to associate freely. Invariably also, the emergence of political parties was linked to elections through which the core values of democracy were affirmed. That is, the struggle for the franchise was linked closely to the struggle fo political and civil rights – of freedom and self-determination. more…

December 19, 2006

Public safety - The role of the security agencies

Workshop Report (Akosombo, 13.-15.10.2006


Event Reports | October 27, 2006