ILGS Public Lecture Series
As part of the efforts to enhance the effective delivery of its mandate, the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) in 2004 established thematic working groups. Gender and Social Development was one of the thematic areas responsible for designing and implementing gender related programmes. In continuous response to its mandate as stated in Act 647, the Institute has expanded beyond strengthening the capacities of District Assemblies, Regional Co ordinating Councils and other interested key stakeholders to running accredited graduate programmes in local governance. In line with this, the Council of the Institute in January 2011 re-constituted the Gender and Social Development thematic working group into a Centre of Excellence for Gender and Social Development.
Administrative Arrangement of the Centre
The Gender Centre of Excellence has a head and operates with the support of a six-member interdisciplinary working team and draws on other relevant expertise as and when the need arises. The centre is one of the departments/centres of the Institute located at the Accra campus.
Ghana’s Fourth Republican Constitution commits to ensuring the development of all persons devoid of discrimination. In addition, Ghana has also been party to various international declarations, conventions, and treaties including the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the third of which is to promote gender equality and empower women to achieve gender parity by the year 2015. In furtherance of the above, succeeding governments have over the past years embarked on policy initiatives to mainstream gender at both the national and local levels for sustainable development. With the establishment of the Local Government Service and the review of the decentralization policy, it has become more important than ever for the Institute of Local Government Studies to play a more pro-active role in promoting gender sensitivity and mainstreaming in local governance. Hence the need for ILGS to establish the Centre.
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THE OBJECTIVE OF THE CENTRE
The main objective of the ILGS Centre of Excellence for Gender and Social Development is to enhance effective and efficient delivery of local government services for sustainable social development through advocating gender sensitive planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly levels.
CORE AREAS OF WORK
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NEW ILGS GRASAG EXECUTIVES
PRESIDENT: DR. HAFIZ ADAM
VICE PRESIDENT: DORKENOO PETER KWASI
SECRETARY: HON. FRANK WILBERFORCE NII DUA
ORGANISING SECRETARY: BONAPARTE ASHITEY OLLENNU
TREASURER: NAOMI OWUSU YEBOAH
WOMEN'S COMMISSIONER: JULIAN HARRISON-MUNTAAH