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For Registrars of Regional Houses of Chiefs, staff NCCE


Chieftaincy Research in 18 Traditional Areas in Ghana

Chieftaincy is one of the cherished traditional institutions in Ghana. It has played both positive and negative roles in the development of Ghana. KAF in its bid to harness the positive roles of the institution to foster national development, is continuing its sponsorship of a research programme which started in 2005 covering 18 Paramount Stools / Skins within the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

KAF in conjunction with the National House of Chiefs is undertaking this programme which consists of the collection of field data in the form of administration of questionnaires as well as organization of debriefing workshop to collate, analyze, and assess the data for the purposes of codifying the lines of successions to Paramount Stools / Skins in the Country. These lines of successions are major sources of conflict in Ghana.

The sponsorship of this research programme is imperative considering the view that disputes over succession to chieftaincy is on the ascendancy in the Country, in January 2006 for example there was a major conflict in Bimbila in Northern Ghana stemming from improper succession.

The reports on the data derived from the research would be processed by the Research Committee of the National House of Chiefs and converted into Legislative Instruments applicable to the respective Traditional Areas, Stools / Skins so as to diminish the occurrence of nasty chieftaincy conflicts which cost the country so much of the scarce resources at the expense of vital development needs.

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Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Northern R., Upper West R., Upper East R.


  • Mr. Bern Guri
    • Snr Programme OfficerMr. Isaac Owusu-Mensah
      • Programme Officer

        Klaus D. Loetzer

        Head of the KAS office in Tunisia


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        Ghana Office