Civil Society Leaders in Ghana Chart New Governance Roadmap for their Organisations

[Accra, 27 March 2024] – Sixteen (16) Ghanaian civic actors, primed for leadership roles, have embarked on a transformative journey to make a meaningful impact in West Africa’s civic space. These individuals, holding diverse leadership positions across eight civil society organisations, have recently completed rigorous training in leadership and organisational governance.

The West Africa Civic Space Resource Hub (CSR-Hub) trained the 16, who constitute the second Ghanaian cohort, in Accra, from 18-20 March 2024. Under the second pillar of the Hub, the training served as a crucible for honing essential leadership skills vital for navigating the complexities of the civil society sector.

Under the expert guidance of Robert Akoto Amoafo, Technical Lead at Busara Africa, the workshop underscored the essence of leadership in todayโ€™s civic space. Discussions traversed the shifting paradigms of organisational leadership, the essential attributes requisite for overcoming contemporary challenges, and the critical role of emotional intelligence in fostering team cohesion.ย 

๐˜™๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฐ โ€“ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ

As it progressed, attention shifted to the intricacies of networking and navigating organisational culture. Insights were shared, lessons imbibed, and practical exercises undertaken, all aimed at equipping participants with the tools needed to thrive in an ever-evolving civil society landscape. ย 

โ€œOrganisational culture always affects the performance of the organisation,โ€Amoafo noted while admonishing participants to prioritise issues around it. ย 

Throughout the training, participants engaged in spirited discussions and shared valuable insights gleaned from their experiences in the field. ย 

๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ

Samuel Harrison Cudjoe from the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition emphasised the pivotal role of trust within teams. โ€œLeaders should become the glue in a team. Your staff should trust you and say my boss has my back,โ€ he said. ย 

Similarly, John Bosco from the Human Security Research Centre Ghana highlighted the importance of seeking external advice when faced with complex challenges. ย “If you donโ€™t understand, seek external advice before assigning roles and responsibilities in a team, “he remarked.ย 

As the workshop progressed, participants delved into topics such as networking, conflict management, and organisational resilience, gaining valuable insights from their peers and facilitators alike. ย 

The training was an eye opener for most of the participants. “It was very educative to help handle issues in our organisations, especially relating to conflict management,” remarked Robert Basumah, from RISE-Ghana.ย 

For Henriettaโ€ฏQuabu of Human Rights and Development Foundation, the training was elaborate. โ€œI have learnt about how to handle varying difficult situations in my organisation,โ€ he said. ย 

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜˜๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ

Daniel Limo from the Youth and Women Empowerment Centre expressed heartfelt appreciation for the transformative experience, pledging to apply the knowledge gained to drive positive change within his organisation and beyond.ย 

โ€œWe appreciate the effort that has been put into this. You may have limited resources to do follow-up, but we will not stop knocking at your doors when we need further support. Thank you so much, we are happy to be part of this programme,โ€ he said.ย 

The culmination of the training saw participants crafting action plans tailored to their respective organisations, infused with newfound insights and strategies gleaned from the workshop. ย 

Other participating organisations included Centre for Communities Education and Youth Development, Centre for Peace and Progress Advocacy Ghana, and E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa.ย 

๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜บ 1

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