The Second “Local Governance Practitioners’ Forum” (LGPF) took place on 30th March, 2021 at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) Tamale Camus, in the Northern Region of Ghana. The forum brought together a total of seventy-five (75) experienced local governance practitioners in Northern Ghana to discuss the country’s decentralization and local governance practices and collate ideas that would feed into national policy discussions.


The event had a mix of both 34 physical and 41 virtual participants including members of the LGPF, mayors and city managers, practitioners, traditional authorities and other key stakeholders. The theme for the event was “Setting the agenda for decentralization and local governance transformation in Ghana”.

An interactive and participatory approaches were deployed which saw rich and insightful contributions from both physical and virtual participants. A key thread of the discussions was that progress in decentralization has reached a plateau for the past decade. Achieving further progress will require some injection of new ideas and radical transformation plan. The key speaker presented ideas that focused on a four-prong approach to transforming Ghana decentralisation and local governance: (1) Conceptual shift of purpose of decentralisation; (2) A top-down political commitment (3) A bubble up advocacy and (4) capacity building

During the open forum, discussions focused around four cluster of issues:

  • Administrative Decentralisation Resources:
  • Recruitment and posting of staff to MMDAs
  • Career progression and training
  • Improving the relationship between political heads and LG staff at the MMDA
  • Political decentralization and downward accountability
  • Election of MMDCEs
  • Remuneration of Assembly Members
  • Creating space for active involvement of Traditional Authorities and other
  • marginalized groups
  • Need to review Act 936,
  • Enhancing vertical and horizontal accountability
  • Effective operationalization of the district assembly sub structures.
  • Fiscal decentralization
  • Increasing the DACF and revising the sharing formula
  • Improving IGF through development of database and application of ICT
  • Enforcement of bye-laws
  • Education and sensitization of the citizenry on their tax obligations to the LGs
  • Local economic development
  • Sensitization of the citizens and stakeholders on local economic development,
  • Mapping of natural and institutional resources at the LG level
  • Localizing the 1D1F secretariat and incorporating 1D1F into MMDA


At the end of the forum, participants built a consensus on some recommendations which were put into a resolution/communiqué for submission to the Minister for Local Government,

Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD) and the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating

Committee on Decentralization (IMCC) for policy consideration.



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