UGBS Lectures Visiting Students on Traditional African Values and Ideas of Politics and Policy Making

UGBS Lectures Visiting Students on Traditional African Values and Ideas of Politics and Policy Making
May 21, 2018

Professor Kwame A. Domfeh, of the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM), has delivered a lecture to a group of MPA (Master's in Public Administration) visiting students from Queen's University, Canada on the topic: 'The democratic characteristics of the political activities and structures of Africa: The case of the Akan society of Ghana'. The Lecture took place at the Executive Hall of the University of Ghana Business School on the 2nd of May, 2018. The lecture was one of the topics for the course, Public Policy Making in Africa, which he handles annually either in Ghana or Canada.

In opening his Lecture, Professor Domfeh outlined the two main objectives underlying the topic: exploring the Traditional African ideas and values of politics and whether such features are in accordance with the ethos of contemporary political culture and policymaking. He explained the nature of governance, politics and policy making from an African perspective, throwing the spotlight on the techniques adopted by the largest cultural group in Ghana, the Akan people. He explained that Akan societies are representative of common types of African political systems. As regards politics, he referred to the Traditional Africa as pre-colonially having an understanding of the concept of Democracy, both in practice and theory. It was characterised by features such as 'rule by popular consent, freedom of expression of opinions in public affairs and limited power of the chief', amongst a host of other characteristics.

Prof. Domfeh noted that a decentralised system of governance and the involvement of the general public in decision and policy making within the Traditional African political system can be said to be harmonious with the ethos of contemporary political culture and policymaking.

He concluded by recommending a thorough examination and refining of the ideas and values in the Traditional System of government, which should be given a modern translation.

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