NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR ASSEMBLY MEMBERS OF AHAFO ANO NORTH MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY 22ND - 27TH FEBRUARY, 2021

NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR ASSEMBLY MEMBERS OF AHAFO ANO NORTH MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY 22ND - 27TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Since independence, Ghana has practiced deconcentration, a system of decentralisation that enables central government agencies to be diffused to the local level without much decision-making powers and resources. Therefore, central government politicians and bureaucrats have controlled local processes of development. In 1988 a new form of decentralisation, which could be referred to as ‘nominal devolution’, was introduced and that enabled the citizens to elect two thirds of their representatives while the central government appointed one-third. The new decentralization programme failed to give powers to the people to directly elect the chief executives of local governments (LGs), referred to as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs). Central government politicians retained that power to appoint the MMDCEs and not even a shift to multi-party democracy in 1992 provided an opportunity to significantly transform Ghana’s current decentralisation programme.

The Next Generation Leadership Programme
In view of these responsibilities, orientation and regular skills-building training interventions are required to enable Assembly members perform effectively. It is in this regard that the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) in collaboration with the Agyemang-Prempeh Foundation (APF) is organising the Next Generation Leadership Training Programme for members of the Ahafo Ano North Municipal Assembly (AANMA). This customized leadership training programme is intended to help participants identify the local challenges confronting the municipality, analyse, reflect and propose innovative strategies to address these challenges. It also aims at deepening understanding of the LG system and exposing participants to the emerging roles expected of them. Ultimately, the intervention would enhance competences of participants to enable them perform their envisaged roles and responsibilities effectively.
This prestigious residential programme is scheduled for 23rd – 26th February, 2021. Participants are expected to arrive by 6.00pm on Monday 22nd February, 2021 and depart after breakfast on Saturday 27th February, 2021. The venue is the Institute of Local Government Studies, Ogbojo-Accra and the organisers shall enforce compliance of all COVID-19 protocols.
2. Rationale, Objectives, Outputs and Outcomes
The Next Generation Leadership programme, which is a follow-up activity on the nationwide orientation and training programme of new assembly members aims at equipping participants with the requisite competences to identify local challenges confronting the municipality, analyse, reflect and propose innovative strategies to address these challenges.
The specific objectives are to:
1. Analyse existing challenges and opportunities and propose cutting-edge strategies for the transformational agenda of the municipality
2. Share insights into contemporary issues in Ghana’s decentralisation and local governance system
3. Equip participants with basic skills necessary for effective job performance
4. To provide a platform for participants to build networks and share experience for personal and professional development
5. Set the agenda as well as reach consensus for expediting action on Ghana’s decentralisation and local governance reforms.

 

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