Participants from seven countries have gathered in Accra to explore avenues of promoting more transparency, hope, and trust in a collaborative effort at building and strengthening institutions of governance and democracy.
The three-day conference, which is jointly being organised by the Organisation Capacity Improvement Consultants (OCIC) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC), will also examine development challenges confronting, particularly, countries such as Ghana and offer solutions to them.
The 200 participants are from the United States of America (USA), Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, Argentina, Canada, and Ghana.
Addressing the opening session of the International Society for Organisational Development (ISOD) International Conference in Accra,the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, said the principles and practice of OD would help to improve organisational efficiency.
Mr Oppong-Fosu said it was the mission of the ministry to achieve sustainable and equitable economic growth through the participation of the citizenry and accelerated service delivery at the local level.
Therefore, he said, the ministry sought to collaborate with various partners to achieve its objective, which was to promote and accelerate local governance, participatory democracy and socio-economic development of all districts in the country.
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Also, he said, it was of great importance to ensure that the OD practice became key to the national development agenda of Ghana and other countries present at the conference.
Mr Oppong-Fosu, therefore, urged individuals, groups and organisations to join hands with the ministry to embrace the objective of using OD as a key to national development.
The Chief Executive Officer of the OCIC, Mr Noble Kumawu, in his remarks, urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity provided to make recommendations that would help in organisational development in all sectors of the economy.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Vice Chancellor of the UCC, Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole, also advised the participants to see the OCIC-UCC partnership as on-the-job training that would help build their capacity to become agents of change wherever they found themselves.
“We in the partnership hope to have OD extended to a wider spectrum of the economy to help promote sustainable economic development in Ghana and other parts of Africa,” he added.
By Zainabu Issah