DDL Workplan

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  • Objectives of the Proposed Platform

This proposal aims to establish a platform on democratic developmental local governance (DDLG) for economic transformation and inclusiveness in Ghana. The objective of the platform is to use research and practice evidence to inform the development and effective implementation of two major policies and programmes currently on going or being initiated in the country. The two are (i) ‘One District One Factory’ (1D1F) -a government industrial programme that seeks to transform the local economy from agriculture and extractives to manufacturing industries and (ii) democratic decentralization (devolution) – a policy that seeks to empower sub-national political leadership from central government control. These two policies have the potential to structurally alter local governance, local economic development and inclusiveness in Ghana but can also go wrong if the design and programme implementation are not informed by research evidence on what works and what doesn’t and why.

There has never been a better time to put democratic local governance, local economic transformation and inclusiveness into the development agenda of Ghana than now. In December 2019 Ghanaians will vote in a referendum to amend a Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to allow direct election of Mayors at the sub-national through political party systems instead of appointment by the President. The amendment, which is expected to have an overwhelming support, will change the nature of Ghana’s three decades of central government (CG) control of local governments (LGs); shifting accountability of political leadership from the centre to the grassroots.

The formation of this platform to be hosted by the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) and supported by INCLUDE and other development partners will provide an inclusive space for diverse policy actors (researchers, central and local policy makers, private enterprises, bureaucrats, CSOs, development partners, politicians and practitioners, and media) to share research and practice evidence on DDLG. It is also expected that the platform will be used to steer high quality national policy debate on the two policy issues, contribute towards design of the two policy frameworks, promote effective programmes implementation and their sustainability in the country. In the end, the platform aims to contribute towards the emergence of democratic developmental local governance (DDLG) in Ghana.

Through the work of the platform, part of the ILGS will become an important ‘Think and Do Tank’ that will support the Ministry of Local Government, and Development Partners interested in the implementation of DDLG agenda in Ghana. Through series of public seminars, engagements and high policy dialogues, the platform will provide key stakeholders a better understanding and knowledge of DDLG. It will support central and LGs to develop what Mazzucato (2013) advocates for as an entrepreneurial state (here entrepreneurial LGs) that restlessly searches out new opportunities for inclusive local economic growth.

Within INCLUDE’s scope of work, this project cuts across three thematic areas of economic transformation; work and income for women and youth; and political empowerment as identified in the concept note (INCLUDE 2.0).


DDLG Work plan (2019-20)












1. Stakeholder mapping & consultations



 2. Organise DDLG Inaugural Forum




3. Research






3.1 Synthesise studies on local industrial policy



3.2 Synthesize studies on DDLG 



3.3 Empirical studies on 1D1F and implication on DDLG






4. Knowledge Products


4.1 Develop three Policy Briefs








4.2 Publish two newspaper articles






5. National Policy Dialogues










5.1 Orgaise Two Forums






5.2 Organise Three Breakfast/lunch meetings








6. Facitating Design of Two Policy Framework Documents


6.1 Develop 1D1F policy framework 






6.2. Develop DDLG policy framework 





6.3 Organise meetings on the development of 2 policy frameworks









7. Communication and media engagement


7.1 Social media messages










7.2 Publish Newsletters








7.3 Network with other local platforms










7.4. Policy influencers/champions