Leadership and Conflict Management

Training Workshop for Queen Mothers

with Partner CIKOD




In May 2005, CIKOD in collaboration with the University for Development Studies initiated a 3-Year Modular Training Course on Strengthening the Capacity of Traditional Leaders for participation in local governance, natural resource management and socio-economic development in the southern and northern sectors of Ghana. The first phase of the programme ended in 2007. The second sets (Northern and Southern) of participants were enrolled in May 2008. Participants for the northern sector were drawn from the 3 regions in Northern Ghana to pursue a 3-year modular course.

The second in this series is focused on Leadership, Conflict Management and Gender Mainstreaming and is being organized by CIKOD in collaboration with the Centre for Continuing Education of the University for Development Studies. The training course is being organized for Traditional Women Leaders in Northern Ghana with the kind sponsorship of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Participants for the workshop include some selected Traditional Women Leaders drawn from communities in Northern Ghana.

Objectives of the Training Course

The objectives of the course are to:

  1. To strengthen the traditional leadership qualities of Traditional Women Leaders for improved performance of their role in governance at the local level.
  2. To strengthen the capacity of Traditional leaders in utilizing traditional and modern systems in creating gender awareness.
  3. To strengthen the awareness of the Traditional Leaders in utilising traditional and modern conflict resolution mechanisms for local level development.

Duration of the Course:5 days

Venue:In-Service Training Centre, Wa

Date:23rd – 27th March 2009

Date of ReportingMonday 23rd March 2009

Date of DepartureFriday 27th March 2009


The methodology for delivering the course will be mainly participatory training and learning based on the Appreciative Enquiry Approach and the principles of adult learning. The training approach will be learner-centred, problem posing, self-discovery and analysis, and action oriented approach. In this approach, the trainers acknowledge and respect the fact that the Traditional Leaders have expertise and talents of their own which must be given scope for expression and developed.

The units /lessons in various modules have been designed in a way to enhance understanding and are weaved around starters such as posters, songs, stories, case studies, role play and experiencing sharing (in terms of best and bad practices). These starters will be developed from the local setting to ensure active participation and clear understanding of the trainees. The starter- based lessons will be drawn and consolidated for further understanding by using question and answer technique, group work and field visits.

This participatory adult-learning approach to training and learning is a two-directional situation in which a partnership between trainers and trainees occurs and people discover their own strengths, develop problem-solving skills and together play a more effective role in managing their affairs. In short, the main methods to be used will be presentations by trainers, group work, presentations at plenary, field visits, and questions and answers.

Course Participants

The course participants shall comprise of the Traditional Women Leaders fair distributed to reflect geographic location of the three regions. The participants who took part in the training course in the 2008 will continue the programme this year.


Course Content

Gender and Leadership

  • Leadership
  • Socio-cultural definitions and attributes of leaderships.
  • Leadership and governance.
  • Leadership types and levels: the family, through the clan to the community levels.
  • Leadership, Transparency and Accountability (Political, Social, Economic)
  • Leadership and HIV/AIDS (Prevention, Care and Stigmatization)

  • Gender
  • Concepts of gender, leadership and development
  • Women and leadership – socio-cultural issues.
  • Issues for affirmative action
  • Enhancing gender equity through traditional values and norms

Conflict Management

  • Concepts of conflict prevention and management
  • Types and levels of conflicts
  • Causes and effects of conflicts
  • Traditional and western methods of conflict management.
  • Basic elements in counseling
  • Traditional values, norms and practices in reproductive and sexual health counseling
  • Proverbs/ sayings that are conflict related.
  • Learning visits

At the end of the training programme, participants would be expected to draw programme of action for practical implementation of issues discussed and how they will implement it. Participants will be expected to report on the next session next year. A same of the plan action plan is attached.

For more information:

Mr. Wilberforce Laate





Isaac Owusu-Mensah





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Klaus D. Loetzer

Head of the KAS office in Tunisia


Provided by

Ghana Office