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Advanced Certificate in Local Governance


TARGET GROUP:    Assembly Members, Presiding Members, Sub-Committee Chairpersons, Urban, Zonal, Town Council Members, Unit Committee Members, Media, CSOs/NGOs, Individuals, etc.

APPROACH              Modular in Four Parts:

Part I   :          Decentralisation, Local Governance and Legal/Institutional


Part II :          Locality Development, Business Promotion and Job Creation

            Part III:          Financial Management and Reporting in Local Governance

            Part IV:          Social, Environmental and Contemporary Issues in Local



DURATION:                          3 days (Part I ONLY)

FEE:                                       GH¢600.00 for Part I ONLY

COMMENCEMENT:            19th June 2017 for Part I ONLY

VENUE:                                 ILGS, Accra Campus, Ogbojo-Madina


Contact: Dean, Management Development and Training, Institute of Local Government Studies

P.O. Box LG 549, Legon, Telephone: 030-2508063, 030-2508818 Tarique: 0507393522                              

Website: www. ilgs-edu.org              Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The 1992 Constitution requires that people in localities be afforded the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process at every level in national life and in local government. In this regard the focus of Ghana’s Decentralisation Policy since 1993 has been to ensure the effective transfer of power, functions, competence and resources from the Central Government to Local Government bodies. This transfer is meant to promote democratic governance and participatory development at the local level. In the process of devolution the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have become the highest political, administrative, planning, budgeting as well as rating authority in the district (Local Governance Act 936 of 2016).


In order to achieve the objectives of decentralisation it is important for all stakeholders to acquire new orientation, new knowledge, skills, and capacities. This is likely to open up the local governance space because the various stakeholders will have the enablement for shared understanding of the local governance environment; including laws, structures, and processes. The involvement of stakeholders in an open and transparent manner is a means to promoting working together at the local level.

The conduct of capacity building through education and training is a key demand for effective stakeholder engagement. It is the means to provide knowledge on the framework of Ghana’s local governance, promote partnership building, results orientation, transparency and accountability, etc. This is most important for local authorities and people who seek election or appointment in order to serve in local political positions as well as those who seek an appreciation of local governance in order to exercise their civic responsibilities and rights.


The course seeks to:

  • Introduce participants to the theories and justification for governance especially at the local level
  • Equip participants with knowledge and skills for increased appreciation of the diffused environment of local governance, challenges and opportunities, and
  • Create a platform for networking and mutual support.

Expected Results

By the end the programme participants will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical framework for local governance
  • Increase their understanding of the legal, policy, organizational environment and processes of the District Assembly
  • Acquire skills to engage local authorities through the application of appropriate tools for effective participation
  • Identify and propose pragmatic solutions to the challenges that confront local governance in their localities


Variety of methods including:

  • Lectures (limited)
  • Discussion
  • Questions and Answers
  • Group and Individual Work
  • Pair learning
  • Study Tours
  • Case Studies


  1. Theoretical Underpinnings of Governance
  2. The Concept of Decentralisation and Local Governance
  3. The Public Sector of Ghana
  4. Local Governance Legal and Policy Framework
  5. Institutional Arrangement for Local Governance in Ghana
  6. Managing Local Government-Central Government Interface
  7. District Assembly as a System
  8. Roles and Functions of D.A. Functionaries
  9. MMDA Committee System, Meeting Procedures and Standing Orders
  10. MMDA Financial Management
  11. Local Development Planning Process
  12. MMDA Budgeting
  13. MMDA Procurement
  14. MMDA Project and Contract Management
  15. MMDA Audit and Reporting
  16. Local Resource Mobilisation
  17. Local Economic Development and Job Creation
  18. Sanitation, Water and Environmental Health
  19. Gender Mainstreaming
  20. Participation & Accountability in MMDAs
  21. Local Governance Contemporary Issues
  22. Exercises, Case Studies, Assignments, Project Work, etc.

Assessment & Award of Certificate

Based on:

  • Submission and acceptance of Project Work
  • Participation in e-discussion platform
  • Attendance and general participation in class.


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