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The Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) was established in 1999 and given legal backing by Act 647 of 2003 as a public organisation. The Institute exists to promote capacity building for district assemblies, local government functionaries and other stakeholders involved in local governance issues. The three principal activity areas of ILGS are: education and training, research and consultancy and information. Its two branches are located in Accra and Tamale to serve the southern and northern parts of the country respectively.
The institute offers four key post graduate programmes with research as a key component. They are normally two-year duration programmes with one year taught course and one year research.
Ghana’s decentralization program began in 1988 with the sole aim of bringing governance closer to the people. In this regard, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were created to serve as development authorities at the local level. MMDAs are responsible for the overall development of their jurisdictions.
The ILGS in collaboration with the OHLGS offers the enhanced Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme for staff of the Local Government Service. These programmes, referred to as the Local Government (LG) Scheme of Service (SoS) Training Programmes have a menu of courses that is fit-for-purpose for the various professional classes clustered as follows:
- human resource managers;
- environmental health and sanitation officers;
- finance, budget and rating officers;
- planners (development and physical);
- engineers and;
- management information system officers.
Post Graduate Programmes
- > M.A LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
- > MSc. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCCE, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
- > MSc. PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
- > MSc. LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
We provide the best environment conducive for studies. We have large and medium sized lecture rooms with audiovisual support equipment to facilitate teaching and learning. There are also hostel facilities with campus wide free internet wi-fi.