CDD moves to deepen Ghana’s democracy

CDD Ghana
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The Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has taken another giant step organizing the 14th “Kronti ne Akwamu” lecture in Accra.

This year’s lecture which was held in a grand style was themed “Making Democracy Work for the People: Reflections on Ghana’s 25-year journey towards democratic development.

Speaking at the event, Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, Executive Director of CDD-Ghana said in the course of these last twenty years, they have emerged as a leader in the generation and dissemination of high quality public opinion surveys and other relevant data to inform and shape effective advocacy and policy-making in Ghana and across the African continent.

This he said, in the area of elections, they have continued to work tirelessly and consistently since the lead-up to the 2000 elections to enhance voter participation and improve the credibility of our election processes and outcomes.
“We at CDD-Ghana are proud of the part we have played these last two decades to help champion Ghana’s democratic and development processes along a steady path.

Above all, we have invested, as an organization, in the future of Ghanaian democracy, governance, and development by nurturing talent and opening career paths for scores of democracy, governance and social accountability enthusiasts, analysts and advocates of good governance and inclusive development.

Under our Political and Constitutional Governance programme, we will continue to work to secure and increase the integrity and credibility of the institutions and processes of democratic representation, including local and national elections and election management; citizen and community access to and participation in electoral processes; and the responsiveness and accountability of political institutions at both local and national levels,” he stated.

The Executive Director of the Afrobarometer, Prof Gyimah Boadi stressed that Ghana’s 25-year-old democracy has been dominated by many instances in which the governing party fails to incorporate the ideas of opposition parties and civil society before implementing policies.

According to him, all these things are happening a result of the ‘winner takes all’ canker which is hampering national development over the years. This he said, said governance in Ghana is continuously failing the test of true democracy. Governance is worsening from the popular description, ‘winner takes all’ to an even damaging ‘winner knows all’.
This he noted is because economic growth alone does not automatically generate inclusion or reduce inequality, but keeping it meaningfully distributed means certain stringent measures must be taken.

Prof Gyimah-Boadi noted that the experience of China and other Asian countries indicate that the obvious most important task is to increase the national cake and accelerate the rate of economic growth.

Kronti ne Akwamu is a special occasion whereby notable personality in the world of democracy, governance, and development are being invited to share their unique observations, thoughts, insights and perspectives on aspects of democracy, governance, and development from which the country might glean important lessons to help champion the cause of democratic process and practice in Ghana.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/

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