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CODEO briefs donor elections sub-group on BVR
2012-05-31
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) which has been observing the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise has presented key findings of its observation to the donor sub-group on elections in Accra. More
CODEO organizes training workshop for regional coordinators
2012-05-30
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has organized training workshops for 50 pre-election observers in three centers in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale simultaneously. More
CODEO PRESS STATEMENT ON THE BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE
2012-05-17
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) today released its provisional statement on the just concluded phase of registering eligible Ghanaian voters by the Electoral Commission ahead of the 2012 polls. The provisional findings captured its overall observations between March 24 and May 5, 2012.More
"Broaden the debate on oil governance," Ms. Joyce Aryee
2012-05-15
A former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Ms Joyce Aryee has urged government to solicit support from experienced Ghanaians and individuals on how to effectively manage Ghana's oil and gas resources. More
Social Accountability Project takes off
2012-05-09
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has trained and deployed 51 research assistants (RAs) to 17 scientifically sampled districts in the 10 regions of Ghana.More
"Strengthen anti-corruption wing of CHRAJ to deal effectively with corruption" Emile Short
2012-05-04
The former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Emile Short has called for the anti-corruption department of the Commission to be strengthened to enable it deal effectively with corruption. More
STATEMENT BY THE GHANA CENTER FOR DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT (CDD-GHANA) ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
2012-05-03
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)commends the Ghanaian media for making monumental contributions to the democratic development of our dear country. The media has increasingly served the interest of the Ghanaian public by providing a voice for the voiceless in the society, acting as a check on public office holders by exposing official corruption, and serving as a vehicle for providing developmental information to the public. More
CODEO PRESS BRIEFING ON THE BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION (BVR)
2012-04-24
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to today's Media Briefing by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO). For those who may not know CODEO, let me take this opportunity to provide you with some information about us.More
Justice Emile Short to deliver 8th Kronti ne Akwamu Lecture
2012-04-19
The former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Justice Emile Short will deliver this year's Kronti ne Akwamu Lecture at the British Council Hall. More
CODEO trains 620 BVR observers
2012-04-02
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) is holding training workshops for 620 observers in all the ten regional capitals of Ghana to beef up the number of domestic observers who are observing the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise currently going on in the country.More
(CODEO) Preliminary Statement on the On-Going Nationwide Biometric Voter Registration Exercise
2012-03-27
On March 24, 2012, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) deployed 50 field observers to undertake roaming observation of the first phase of the on-going biometric voter registration. These observers were sent to selected registration centers across the ten regions of the country. CODEO will further deploy 620 observers in over 600 registration centers located within 300 Electoral Areas and in 100 Districts in all 10 regions of the country. More
CODEO Launches "Ghana Election 2012" Project
2012-03-21
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) says it will run a nine month pre-election monitoring of campaigns of political parties beginning from April this year. More
CODEO holds General Meeting
2012-03-08
The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has held its first General Meeting to review the Coalition's programs for the December 2012 elections. More
CDD-Ghana Statement on International Women's Day (March 08, 2012)
2012-03-07
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to congratulate Ghanaian women and girls on the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day. The Center also commends the efforts of groups and advocates of women's and girls' empowerment in Ghanaian public life.More
CDD-Ghana interacts with three visiting delegations
2012-02-27
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has held stimulating discussions with visiting delegations from three countries in Africa on aspects of Ghana's democratic governance. More
CDD Launches Social Accountability Project
2012-02-23
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), in partnership with the European Union, has launched a three-year Social Accountability Project to promote citizens' participation in local governance and to strengthen accountability structures at the community level. More
Togolese delegation visits CDD-Ghana
2012-02-21
A Togolese civil society network, the Concertation National de la Societe Civile (CNSC) is in the country to study election administration in Ghana. More
CDD to Launch Social Accountability Project
2012-02-03
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), with support from the European Union, is scheduled to launch a new project on February 22nd, at the CDD Conference Room.More
CDD/CODEO Interacts with NIA
2012-01-30
A delegation of officers from the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) have paid a working visit to the National Identification Authority (NIA) to study the operations of the Authority. More
West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) Calls on Senegal to Continue to Work towards Peaceful Elections and to Ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance
2011-12-05
The West African Elections Observers Network (WAEON), a coalition of non-partisan citizen observation groups at their meeting in Dakar, to share ideas and experiences on preventing and mitigating election-related conflict and violence, wishes to express its solidarity with the Senegalese people and to recognize the efforts of the government of Senegal, as they prepare earnestly towards elections in February 2012.More
CDD Disassociates itself from Media Reports Linking the Center to the CRC recommendation on the Removal of the Transitional Provisions in the 1992 Constitution
2011-11-30
It has come to the notice of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) that the Center is being associated with a reported recommendation in the draft Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) report for the removal of the indemnity clauses in the 1992 Constitution.More
"Don't treat Opinion Surveys as fodder for partisan propaganda" says Prof. Gyimah-Boadi
2011-11-29
The Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, (CDD-Ghana) Prof. Gyimah-Boadi has observed that competently and professionally conducted opinion surveys can provide objective information for informed policy decision making. More
CDD-Ghana/UNDP holds AGR Validation Workshop
2011-10-28
CDD-Ghana, in conjunction with the UNDP and UNECA has organized a validation workshop on this year's African Governance Report (AGR) III at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra.More
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
2011-10-24
JOB ANNOUNCEMENTMore
"Support for Local Democratic Debate" Project Launched in Takoradi
2011-10-21
A local democracy project aimed at fostering citizen's participation in democracy and accountability at the local level has been launched in Takoradi. More
CDD hosts study Mission from Kenya
2011-10-10
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) will host a national Election Observation Group from Kenya, (ELOG) next week. The group is visiting the country to study Ghana's elections management systems and structures, and to interact and share experiences with their Ghanaian counterparts. More
CDD-Ghana Statement Commemorating "World Access to Information Day"
2011-09-28
On the occasion of "World Access to Information Day", the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) salutes individuals, organizations and democratic institutions that have been working to promote transparency in governance and the right of citizens to access public information.More
CDD-Ghana Statement on the Appointment of a Substantive Commissioner of CHRAJ
2011-08-01
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) fervidly welcomes the speedy appointment of a substantive Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) by the President, His Excellency, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills. More
CODEO STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) DELEGATES CONGRESS HELD AT THE SUNYANI CORONATION PARK BETWEEN JULY 8 AND 10, 2011.
2011-07-19
The National Democratic Congress held its Delegates Congress at the Sunyani Coronation Park, in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana to elect its flagbearer for the December 2012 General Elections. More
WAEON PRESS STATEMENT ON THE BRUTAL REPRESSION AGAINST PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS BY CITIZENS OF SENEGAL
2011-07-05
The West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) strongly condemns the 23rd June 2011 brutal attack on civilian demonstrators by unruly members of the ruling Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) armed with sticks and stones. More
CDD-GHANA STATEMENT ON THE EXIT OF MS. ANNA BOSSMAN FROM CHRAJ
2011-05-26
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) received with dismay news of the departure of the distinguished Acting Chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) from the esteemed institution. More
CDD-Ghana/French Embassy signs MoU
2011-05-23
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the French Embassy have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote citizen's participation in local government in the Western Region. More
CDD-Ghana holds roundtable discussion with visiting German Parliamentary Delegation
2011-05-09
A five-member delegation from the German Parliament on a learning tour to some countries in West Africa has held a roundtable discussion with CDD-Ghana in Tamale. Led by the Charge d' affairs and Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy, Mr. Hans Christian Winkler, the delegation was at the Center to interact with the staff on decentralization and local government in Ghana. More
JOB VACANCY - HEAD OF RESOURCE MOBILIZATION
2011-05-04
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), an independent democracy and governance research and advocacy organization is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of HEAD OF RESOURCE MOBILIZATION. The successful candidate will be responsible for all fundraising efforts and for meeting the Center's targets. He/She will report to the Executive Committee in the performance of his/her duties.More
Internship Program for Ghanaian University Students
2011-04-29
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is pleased to announce its Democracy and Governance Internship Program for Ghanaian university students.More
JOB VACANCY - HEAD OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
2011-04-28
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), an independent democracy and governance research and advocacy organization is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of HEAD OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Committee in the performance of his/her duties.More
CDD-GHANA STATEMENT ON REACTIONS TO THE HIGH COURT RULING IN THE YA-NA MURDER TRIAL
2011-04-07
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) expresses its grave concern over reactions in certain quarters to the recent decision of the High Court in Accra in respect of the trial of certain individuals for their alleged complicity in the 2002 murder of the Ya-Na. More
"Provide Constitutional Guarantees for Effective Representation of Women in Governance" Bisi Adeyele-Fayemi
2011-03-21
"Without the active participation of women and the inclusion of their perspectives at all levels of decision-making, the goals of good governance and inclusive, transparent democratic processes cannot be achieved."More
CDD-Ghana/GIZ Civil Society Support Program (CSSP) Launched in Tamale
2011-03-21
CDD-Ghana in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have launched a joint Civil Society Support Program in Tamale. The program is part of the Center's long term strategy to support CSOs engaged in promoting good governance and democracy in Northern Ghana. More
Bisi Fayemi to deliver CDD's "Kronti ne Akwamu" Lecture
2011-03-16
The President and Co-Founder of the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), Bisi Adeyele-Fayemi, will deliver this year's "Kronti ne Akwamu" lecture at the British Council Hall on Thursday, 17th March, 2011. More
Statement from the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on the Occasion of the Centenary Celebrations of International Women's Day
2011-03-08
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to congratulate Ghanaian women and advocates of women's rights and empowerment on the occasion of the centenary celebration of International Women's Day.More
"Use Constitution to address the problems of the people," Prof. Kwasi Prempeh
2011-02-22
The Director of Governance and Legal Policy at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, (CDD-Ghana), Prof. Kwasi Prempeh has called on governance stakeholders to use the opportunity provided by the constitutional review exercise to solve the governance problems of the country. More
"No post- retirement housing for the President" survey findings reveal
2011-02-15
Majority of respondents to a study on the 1992 Constitution and Emoluments of Article 71 political office holders have called for the withdrawal of post-retirement housing for the president and other political office holders. More
Its new! ENHANCING THE CONFLICT PREVENTION ROLE OF ELECTIONS IN AFRICA
2011-02-08
With 26 African countries holding elections in 2011, how do we ensure transparent, acceptable electoral outcomes that reflect the will of the people? Under what conditions will elections in Africa mitigate, rather than end-up in violence? How can regional organizations provide election security where violence is likely? And how can the United States enhance election conflict prevention in Africa? In this latest CDD-Ghana publication, Dr. Jendayi Frazer provides answers to these and many other election- related concerns. Obtain a copy at CDD-Ghana or the University of Ghana bookshop now. More
"Respect the Spirit of the Constitution" Dr. Gadzekpo urges state actors
2011-01-28
A media expert and lecturer at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo has called on politicians, public servants and the media to respect the spirit of the 1992 Constitution that guarantees the freedom and independence of the media. More
CDD-Ghana visits the Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times
2011-01-21
Officials of CDD-Ghana have held separate discussions with editors of the Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times at two separate meetings in Accra. More
"Do not surround yourselves with bootlickers and sycophants," Gyimah-Boadi urges African leaders
2011-01-18
The Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) Prof, Gyimah- Boadi has admonished African leaders to set up effective systems of communication to ascertain the needs of the people they seek to govern. More
WEST AFRICA ELECTION OBSERVERS NETWORK (WAEON) FORMED
2011-01-18
Citizens' Election Observation Groups (CEOGs) from eleven West African countries have formed the West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) to institutionalize election observation in the sub-region.More
STATEMENT ON PREPARATIONS TOWARDS THE 2010 DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES ELECTIONS
2010-12-22
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to share its growing concerns with the levels of preparation and readiness so far made towards the District Assemblies (DAs) election scheduled for December 28, 2010. More
"Help arrest corruption in the public service" says Kan Dapaa
2010-12-09
The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Albert Kan Dapaa has called on the public to demand accountability from public office holders to ensure transparency and accountability on the use of public funds.More
CDD cautions against power sharing in the Ivory Coast
2010-12-07
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) joins other supporters of free and fair elections as well as democratic governance in condemning the blatant act of political vandalism perpetrated by Laurent Gbagbo and his party against the Ivorian electorate. More
International Conference on "Mitigating the Use of Violence in Liberia's 2011 Electoral Contests"
2010-12-02
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Elections Commission of Liberia are organizing a three-day International Conference in Monrovia, Liberia. More
CDD provides technical support to "ONE"
2010-11-30
CDD-Ghana, in conjunction with the Washington based National Democratic Institute, (NDI) has provided a week-long technical support to the National Elections Observatory (ONE), a coalition of about eighty civil society organizations from the Central African Republic (CAR). More
"Support land administrators to resolve conflicts arising out of judicial decisions on land" Sulemana Mahama
2010-11-12
The Chief Lands Officer of the Lands Commission, Mr. Sulemana Mahama has called on stakeholders of land administration to work together and engage each other regularly to avoid some of the conflicts associated with judicial decisions on land ownership in the country. More
No such study exists
2010-11-11
CDD-Ghana's attention has been drawn to an article posted on Ghanaweb on Wednesday November 10, 2010, by one Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi under the heading "NPP Tops Afrobarometer Poll." More
Latest CDD-Ghana Publication-- A Must-Read
2010-10-26
Reforming the Constitution of Ghana for a New Era: Averting the Peril of a Constitution without Constitutionalism More
Empower MPs to introduce bills
2010-10-26
A constitutional expert, Prof. Henry Kwasi Prempeh has called for the repeal or revision of article 108 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana to allow Members of Parliament to contribute more productively to the legislative process. More
CDD inaugurates new Office in Tamale
2010-10-11
Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), on Thursday inaugurated a new Office in Tamale to serve the Northern Region. Launching the new Office, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of CDD-Ghana said the Centre pursues its vision through research, publications, seminars, conferences, workshops, collaboration and networking among other interventions. More
CDD to launch Tamale Office
2010-10-01
The Center for Democratic Development, (CDD-Ghana) will on Thursday, October 7th launch a new office in Tamale, the Northern regional capital. More
"Make Constitutional Review Exercise about the Future, not the Past" Prof, Gyimah-Boadi
2010-10-01
The Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, (CDD-Ghana) Prof. Gyimah-Boadi, has called on the Constitutional Review Commission, (CRC) to use the constitutional review exercise to address the future and not as a vehicle for punishing past wrongs. More
Afrobarometer Policy Conference to be held in Accra
2010-09-22
The Afrobarometer Network is organizing a two-day conference in Accra for policymakers from Africa, international organizations and donor partners. The conference is on the theme "Why Empirical Evidence Matters in the Policy Process". More
CDD to organize a forum on the State of Democracy in Ghana
2010-09-15
As part of activities to mark this year's World Democracy Day which falls on September 15, the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is creating a platform for Ghanaians to reflect on the state of democratic practice in the country and to propose measures aimed at consolidating the country's burgeoning democracy. More
CDD-Ghana engages community-level stakeholders in Kumasi and Tamale on the Capitation Grant
2010-09-13
Community-level stakeholders in Kumasi and Tamale have taken part in radio discussions on CDD-Ghana's latest study on the Capitation Grant. This comes as a follow-up activity to earlier dissemination programs on the Capitation Grant in Accra. More
Statement on the Atiwa Constituency Parliamentary By-Election
2010-09-03
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) observed the Atiwa constituency parliamentary by-elections held on August 31, 2010. CDD-Ghana/CODEO deployed trained observers to watch the processes leading to and the conduct of the election as well as the immediate post-election activities and environment. More
CODEO to observe Atiwa Parliamentary By-Election
2010-08-31
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Coalition for Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) will observe the Atiwa Constituency Parliamentary by-election to be held on August 31, 2010. More
Towards Effective Regulation of Executive Power
2010-08-24
The above is CDD Ghana's latest publication. It features presentations by Dr. Nii Armah Josiah-Aryeh and Mr. Kwame Gyan, both lecturers of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon. The first presentation considers within a legal framework issues relating to the impact of excessive executive discretion in the allocation and enjoyment of property rights in land. The second paper examines Ghana's land administration structure and the role politics plays in land administration in Ghana. Copies are available at the Balme Library, Legon and at the CDD Resource Center. More
West Africa Election Observation Network to hold first meeting in Accra
2010-08-17
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development and the Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO), in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), are hosting the first Technical Steering Committee Meeting of the West African Citizens Elections Observation Network in Accra.More
CDD INVITED TO OBAMA CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS
2010-08-03
CDD-Ghana's Head of Programmes, Kojo Pumpuni Asante is in Washington DC to take part in President Obama's Forum for Young African Leaders. The August 3-5 Forum provides a platform for about 120 Young Leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa to describe their vision for Africa's future and how the United States can better partner with Africa's non-governmental and business leaders to support political, economic, and social development on the continent. More
Cdd-Ghana statement on Media Coverage of findings of a popular opinion survey conducted on the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana
2010-08-02
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to express its worry at some of the media reportage emanating from its 26th July 2010 press briefing on the survey findings of the Center's Constitutional Review Project. More
89% of Ghanaians don't have copies of the Constitution
2010-08-02
About 89 percent of Ghanaians in a household survey conducted by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) do no have access to a copy of the constitution in the country.More
CDD-GHANA STATEMENT ON THE ARREST AND FORMAL CHARGE OF JOY FM'S ACTING NEWS EDITOR
2010-07-20
The Ghana Center for Democratic Developemt(CDD-Ghana) has released a statement that unequivocally expresses our disquiet following the arrest and formal charge of Joy FM's Acting News Editor. The statement clearly reiterates the Center's support for the universally and constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression by citizens and expresses concern over the arrest and charges that have been applied. More
CDD-Ghana presents research findings on Capitation Grant to MPs
2010-06-17
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has presented research findings on the Capitation Grant to members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education in Accra. More
CDD-Ghana's Constitutional Review Project enters Research Phase
2010-06-17
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has trained and deployed 33 Research Assistants to five regions in Ghana to conduct a mass survey on the constitutional review process. In addition, the Center has also deployed research assistants to conduct a survey of 50 key stakeholders in academia, civil society, the judiciary, the religious community, the business community and the media, on constitutional reform issues. More
CDD organizes dissemination workshop on local justice
2010-05-18
A study conducted by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, CDD-Ghana and the Institute of Development Studies, IDS, (UK) on local justice in Ghana has shown that majority of ordinary people would accept a court judgment as fair when both sides to the case are heard and when the true facts have been duly established before an impartial judge. More
CDD-Ghana to host APPP International Workshop
2010-04-20
The Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) will hold an international workshop in Accra from 25th -30th, April, 2010. The workshop, which brings together participants from the UK, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana will be hosted by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, CDD-Ghana. More
CDD-organizes Afrobarometer Dissemination workshop for Journalists, CSOs
2010-03-31
CDD-Ghana has organized two separate capacity building workshops for the media and civil society organizations (CSOs) at the West End Hotel in Accra. The workshops form part of the Center's on-going strategy to disseminate information about the Afrobarometer Survey to the public. More
CDD-Ghana, Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI) Press Release
2010-03-25
Ministers, Election Administrators (from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Southern Sudan, and Ghana), Africa Regional Bodies, Development Partners and Election Experts have ended a three-day workshop on "Preventing Electoral Violence and Instituting Good Governance"in Accra. The workshop, sponsored by Humanity United, was organized by CDD-Ghana and the Center for international Policy and Innovation (CIPI) of the Carnegie Mellon University, USA to find lasting solutions to the problem of electoral violence in Africa.More
"Professionalize Election Management across Africa." Dr.Frazer urges African leaders
2010-03-19
A former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Dr. Jendayi Frazer has enjoined African leaders to professionalize election management in their countries by building and strengthening institutions of accountability, transparency and justice in order to reduce the spate of electoral conflicts on the continent. More
Dr. Jendayi Frazer to deliver address on conflict prevention in Accra
2010-03-15
A former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Dr. Jendayi Frazer is set to deliver an address in Accra this week on elections and conflict prevention in Africa. Dr. Frazer will be the Guest Speaker at the 6th "Kronti ne Akwamu" (Democracy and Governance) lecture of the Ghana Center for Democratic Developmemt (CDD-Ghana) on the theme: "Enhancing the Conflict Prevention Role of Elections in Africa." The event is scheduled to take place at the British Council Hall on Thursday, 18th March 2010, at 5:30 pm. More
Job Vacancy (Head of Programs)
2010-03-09
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), an independent democracy and governance research and advocacy organization is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of HEAD OF PROGRAMS.More
LATEST ISSUE OF "DEMOCRACY WATCH" IS OUT
2010-03-09
This issue interrogates pressing issues on the Akwatia and Chereponi elections, the use and abuses of our national security agencies, the "footsoldier phenomenon" that is creeping into our national politics,the Ghana@50 probe among many others. More
"Oil policy risks being engulfed by partisanship"
2010-03-03
An expert in governance at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Mr. E. Kojo Pumpuni Asante, has said that the country's oil policy risks being engulfed by excessive partisanship if politics remains dominant in the award of contracts, services and allocation of resources fuelled by deep suspicion.More
CDD-Ghana to Share Election Observation Experiences in Kenya
2010-03-01
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has been invited by the Washington based National Democratic Institute (NDI) to take part in an Africa-wide workshop on new technologies in election observation in Nairobi Kenya. More
Jendayi Frazer visits CDD-Ghana
2010-02-25
A former United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Bush Administration, Dr. Jendayi Frazer has held discussions with officials of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development in Accra. More
National Constitutional Review Coalition Inaugurated--48 Civil society groups come together
2010-02-13
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD- Ghana) on Thursday inaugurated a National Constitutional Review Coalition (NCRC), which would provide various platforms for civil society groups to provide inputs to the constitutional review process.More
PREZ WIELDS TOO MUCH POWER
2010-02-15
The 1992 Constitution has come under sharp criticism for giving too many powers to the Presidency, which is the executive arm of government. Latest to add his voice to this criticism is a law Professor and an Assocoate fellow of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, who cited many discrepancies in the Constitution that gives the President of the land, more powers in running the day -to- day affairs of the land.More
CDD- Ghana launches research network
2010-02-01
The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a non-governmental organisation with support from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has launched a research network for better governance of Africa's natural resources in Accra yesterday.More
CDD-Ghana Statement on the Inauguration of the Constitutional Review Commission
2010-01-18
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development welcomes the inauguration of the Constitutional Review Commission on Monday, December 11th 2010. The inauguration of the Commission fulfills the Mills-NDC administration's pledge to initiate a process of constitutional review within the first year of its tenure of office in response to calls by some sections of the public for a re-examination of some of the provisions of the constitution. CDD-Ghana joins other Ghanaians in commending the government for taking this important step.More
CDD-Ghana/Friedrich Naumann Foundation Liberal Lecture
2009-12-08
Mr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, a Law Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, and Co-Executive Director of the African Centre for Development and Human Rights delivers a lecture on Strengthening the Liberal Roots of the 1992 Constitution: An Agenda for Reform? More
Towards Elections 2012 & Oil Extraction
2009-11-04
The New Crusading Guide Wed. Nov. 4, 2009 Dr. Kwesi Aning, security expert and head of Conflict Resolution Department of the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center yesterday painted a gloomy picture of what is likely to happen in the 2012 elections as a result of the discovery of oil by the country. More
Failure to arrest culprits incentive for more violence
2009-11-04
The head of Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution of the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre, Dr. Kwesi Aning, has said that the inability and failure of the security agencies to arrest culprits in violent clashes, particularly in Bawku, has served as a great incentive for others to indulge in similar impunity.More
Mabey & Johnson bribery debate: CDD calls for restraint
2009-10-13
The Centre for Democratic Development Ghana (CDD), has called for restraint in the way the Mabey and Johnson bribery allegations involving some high ranking Ghanaian officials is being discussed on the airwaves.More
...And CDD welcomes probe
2009-09-30
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has welcomed the call by President J. E. A. Mills for swift investigations into the bribery allegations against some public officials. However, the Center has the firm belief that the government should set a deadline when the investigations should be completed so that the government could share the findings with the people of Ghana. More
Cdd-Ghana statement on the appointment of Members of Parliament to governing boards of public and quasi public corporations and agencies
2009-06-01
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to express its grave concern regarding the President's recently announced appointment of several Members of Parliament to chair or serve as members on boards and governing councils of state agencies and corporations. More
Election of District, Municipal, Metropolitan Chief Executives advocated
2009-05-29
GNA - Mr. George Kyea Baffour, Former President of the National Local Authority of Ghana, has called for the election of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives (DMMCEs), to enable the people to have much say in the selection of those who govern them. More
Afrobarometer Global Report Released
2009-05-28
The Afrobarometer Secretariat has released its Round 4 Global report at a ceremony in Accra. Overall, across 19 countries surveyed in 2008, support for democracy stands at 70 percent, but there is wide variability, from 39 percent in Madagascar, to 85 percent in Botswana.More
Now Available at CDD-Ghana and other Bookshops-Watching Democracy in Ghana
2009-04-03
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The Center for Democratic Development (CDD Ghana), has called on stakeholders in democracy to endeavour to hold in high esteem the principles of democracy by ensuring peaceful, clean and credible elections. Speaking at a function in Accra to unveil CDD Ghana´s Commemorative Sculpture, "Kronti ne Akwamu", the Executive Director of CDD, Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi said, "the sculpture is intended to serve as a three dimensional reference point for the staff of CDD and associates of the centre and all of the centre´s stakeholders in promotion of democracy and good governance in our country and our continent". In addition to that, he said the Commemorative Sculpture sought to serve two main purposes: one, an embodiment of the history of the centre and Ghana in our evolution as a nation.

The occasion, which marked the 10th Anniversary of CDD, offered Prof. Gyimah-Boadi the opportunity to call on Ghanaians to keep the flame of democracy burning in Ghana and Africa at large. Explaining the Adinkra (Akan calligraphic) symbol in the sculpture, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi said it did not only encapsulate the pillars of democracy – checks and balances, constitutionalism, plurality, diversity and tolerance, but also represented the history of Ghana particularly those of pre-colonial and pre-independence era. That on the other hand gave credence to the fact that “Kronti” according to our history could only initiate decisions but had no ultimate mandate to implement them without the appropriate consent of “Akwamu”. There is therefore no denying the fact that Ghanaians had long been practising democracy in their traditional political administration before the inception of colonial rule that sought to relegate most of our cultural values to the background, meaning that the modern democratic dispensation had only accentuated what has been practiced; to hit the hammer right on the head. In paying this historic tribute, Prof. Gyimah-Boadi fervently called for all hands to be on deck so that our democratic onslaught would not remain an illusion. “The sculpture”, he said, “will be a living reminder for the staff of CDD of the task they have dedicated themselves to”.

A renowned art collector and owner of the biggest art galleries in Ghana, Mr. Seth Dei, who is also a board member of CDD in his speech, pointed out that our Adinkra symbols were majorly printed in funeral cloths making it too stereotypical and that there was the need for transformation, hence the creation of the Commemorative Sculpture at the forecourt of CDD. He said the location of the sculpture was significant as it would create an opportunity for visitors to be educated on its symbolic meaning in order to spread the message of democracy beyond the shores of Ghana. Nana Anoff explained that he chose to create the sculpture with metals since most of our means of transportation were made of metal, thereby drumming home the dynamism of society. He said society and democracy for that matter is dynamic and not static. It was against this background that the sculpture is sustained on a pivot of three poles to enable it revolve. He added that the three poles in other words, represented the Biblical word “Trinity“, which transcended both Christian and traditional religions suggesting that politics and religion have certain things in common and could not be over-emphasised. Democracy, according to Anoff, should not be seen to be cheap. “It required sacrifice, concerted and sustained efforts from all players. We needed to perfect our imperfections”, he stressed.

The Board Chairman of CDD, Mr. Kwasi Abeasi, commended Anoff for having been able to put the history of Ghana and the principles of democracy in such a symbolic form. The unveiling was heralded by a recital of poems by Andrew A. Kwizombe, a Malawian on capacity building programme at the Centre alongside a song performed by the CDD staff. The poem and song echoed the theme of championing democracy in Africa.

The occasion also saw hard working members of staff and past board members of CDD being awarded. Amongst those honoured were Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana and board and Dr. Angela Ofori-Atta, both former board members of CDD. The function which was held at the forecourt of CDD was attended by a cross section of the public, media and dignitaries including Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo, a board member of CDD; Mr. Keli Gadzekpo of Databank; Mrs. Yankah, wife of Prof. Kwesi Yankah, who received the award on behalf of her husband. CDD-Ghana is a non-partisan and non-governmental organisation that was formed some ten years ago to promote democracy, good governance and economic openness.

Source: The Daily Dispatch, Monday August 25th 2008, Vol. 21 No. 69.

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