Projects & Events

Projects & Events

ICDD Summer School (2nd -14th April, 2018)

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in collaboration with the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) organized a summer school from Monday, 2nd April to Saturday 14th April, 2018 at IDS, University of Cape Coast, Ghana on the theme: “Constructing research frameworks on the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa” . You can find the program details in this link.

Trent in Ghana Programme (September 2017 – April 2018)

The programme involves eight weeks of classroom studies after which students are examined and another eight weeks of developmental research in the northern part of Ghana. The students also undergo a three-month internship with any non-governmental organization of their choice. The programme is taught by Professors and Research Fellows from the Institute as well as other Departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences. During the 2017/2018 academic year, a total of 19 students comprising 16 Canadians and 3 Ghanaians undertook two semester coursework and internship between September 2017 and April 2018.  The 2017/2018 programme came to a successful end in April, 2018.

YIEDIE Training of Trainers

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in collaboration with the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) organised a five-day training for trainers’ (ToT) course on campus from 16th – 20th April 2018. The overall target of the YIEDIE project is to train 24, 000 youth with technical, life and entrepreneurial skills leading to employment. Hence, the five-day programme provided 35 participants (trainers) with skills to train the youth and service providers across the value chain, including the technical construction skills on how to start and grow small businesses. The participants were selected from Global Communities and TVET. The program was opened by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro, who commended YIEDIE for choosing IDS as its collaborator for the project. He said IDS as a development research and training Institute was endowed with Research Fellows who have a depth of experience in development management research and training. Others who attended the event include the Director of YIEDIE, Mrs. Kafui Mills-Odoi, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Eric Amuquandoh and the Director of IDS, Dr. Emmanuel Y. Tenkorang.

Scientific Engagement

The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), in collaboration with the Institute for Development Studies organised a Scientific Engagement on the theme “Ethnic Power Relations and Conflict in Fragile States” on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016, at the Institute for Development Studies Conference Room. The Scientific Engagement sought to improve governance by reducing exclusion and discrimination of ethnic groups and to mitigate the adverse consequences of policies, especially with respect to conflict and political instability. It also sought to expose students, academia and policy makers to a data set, and encourage them to use it in their course work, thesis and other academic analysis. 

Public Lecture

As part of the course structure for the MPhil Development Studies programme, a public lecture was organized on the theme: “Transforming Ghana’s Economy: Options under the International Trade System”. The lecture was aimed at throwing more light on the recent national initiatives and ideas for the transformation of Ghana’s economy from its dependence on raw commodity export into one based on domestic manufacture that creates jobs. A public lecture was held on 14th March, 2017 at the IDS Conference Room.

Other Projects led by research fellows

  1. Research for Girls Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service in collaboration with UNICEF, Ghana on “Mapping of support organizations in girls’ education and a Directory of the mapping exercise” between July 2016 and January, 2017. Personnel involved: Prof. P. K. Agbesinyale and Dr. K. S. Aikins.
  1. Research for Girls Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service in collaboration with UNICEF, Ghana on a case study on “Girls who have dropped out of school due to pregnancy and factors facilitating and/or preventing their re-entry into school after delivery” between January 2017 and April 2017, Personnel involved: Prof. A. O. Britwum, Dr. A. D. Akorsu, Prof. P. K. Agbesinyale and Dr. K. S. Aikins.
  1. Research on “Small scale mining and agricultural production in the rural communities of Wassa Amenfi District”. Personnel involved: Prof. P. K. Agbesinyale, Dr. S. Bukari and Dr. M. Dankwa.
  1. Production of a manuscript on “Civil Society in Africa as a conduit for development through the promotion of peace” for ISTR African Regional Network (ISTRAN) Working Paper Series. Personnel involved: Dr. K. S. Aikins.
  1. Research on “Ethnic factor and politics in the Asuogyaman District of Ghana” which was accepted for publication by SAGE Open in April, 2017. Personnel involved: Mr. Richard Ametefe and Dr. K. S. Aikins.
  1. Research for ISTR Africa Regional Network (ISTRAN) on assessing philanthropic issues in civil society organization’s support for education in Ghana.  This was presented at the 4th ISTRAN Conference in June, 2017.