Traditional Rulers in Democratization
With a broad aim of enhancing the capacity of chiefs and traditional
institutions of governance to meet the challenges of contemporary
national development needs and challenges, this project was designed
and implemented from 2005 to 2008 with support from Open Society
Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA).
The project worked with Chiefs in the Northern
and Upper East Region of Ghana through Regional
Houses of Chiefs to enable them effectively
participate in development, especially in the decentralization
process in Ghana. The project focused on building the capacity of
chiefs to understand the legal and constitutional relationships with
central and decentralised government structures in relation to
land, forestry, water bodies and other natural resources. The
project addressed the needs of over 120 traditional
rulers in 36 different traditional areas in Northern Ghana.