‘Dev’t must improve lives of people’

Dr.Yao Graham(seated second from left) and Nana Asantewa Afadzinu(seated third right) in a group photograph with the participants.Photo.Ebo GormanDEVELOPMENT must not only be seen as a process, but how those processes and procedures will result in improving the lives of people, the Coordinator of the Third World Network(TWN)-Africa, Dr Yao Graham, has said.

Speaking at a civil society leadership institute training programme for 20 participants from the sub-region in Accra yesterday, Dr Graham observed that even though Ghana had achieved some marks in good governance, in terms of “development outcome, it is a failure.”

The two-week training programme, being organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute, is intended to facilitate a deeper understanding of leadership issues challenges within the civil society in the sub region.

It is also to facilitate transformational leadership through a three-pronged approach focusing on individual development, organisational strengthening and societal transformation.

Dr Graham said leadership must work for the good of the society through the pursuing of development policies, procedures to improve the lives of the people, expressing worry that “our leadership culture is extremely un-accountable to the people”.

The TWN-Africa Coordinator expressed worry about the culture of vindictiveness saying, “power is used vindictively” because public officers would say things in private, but would dare not say it in public.

Dr. Graham cited the case of the energy crises facing the country and said, “when people speak with you in private they give you a lot of information but in public you must be joking”.

He questioned the ability of political parties in developing the kind of leadership that would be accountable in pursuing policies to meet the aspirations of the people, claiming that “political parties do not exist as organisations; they are vote gathering machines that are rolled out occasionally”.

“We need transformational leadership …that will offer the best for the people,” Dr Graham said while admitting that leadership was “a huge problem in society”.

He urged civil society to build relations with the broad masses of people to give them the voice to enhance the quality of engagement between the people and the policy makers.

He stressed on uniting the country under a vision of democratic transformation in line with the provisions of the constitution so as to create a better future for the citizenry.

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