As a constitutionally mandated body created in 1992, the NCCE was established to educate Ghanaians on constitutional provisions and to enable them to undertake an active role in the affairs of the country. It has 1600 employees on the regional and community level. The NCCE organizes events for informative purposes of current socio-political matters, such as elections or the protection of the environment. This should augment the democratic participation of society across Ghana. To guarantee its political independence, members of its commission are not to be part of a political party. The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation works with the NCCE on the Project Citizen, working towards developing today’s youth into more actively participating citizens in governmental matters.
The national APRM-GC of Ghana was inaugurated in 2004 to serve as a focal point for the APRM process in Ghana. Its objective is to provide national leadership for the management of Ghana’s implementation of the APRM and the National Programme of Action (NPoA). It undertakes control and continuous review of the NPoA as well as identifies areas to be improved on. Furthermore, important functions include the sensitization of citizens for the APRM process and communicational management of the continental and national APRM structures. Since its creation, the GC has introduced a national health insurance, unified the tax system as well as implemented 170 District Oversight Committees (DOCs). The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation has supported the APRM-GC in actions such as the creation of the DOCs and now undertakes capacity building of the DOCs, to strengthen the capacities for effective evaluation of the NPoA’s implementation.
The African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL) was founded in 1997. It is an association of international experts on constitutional law in Africa. Its members are judges, lawyers, academic research institutions, NGOs and lawyer alliances. ANCL’s goal is to serve as an informative and consulting mechanism. It is also an exchange platform of best practices for governmental and research stakeholders. The ANCL frequently issues publications and organizes seminars about constitutional matters. It furthermore serves as a consultant for governments. The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation works together with the ANCL on the organisation of regional exchanges between West African Constitutional and Supreme Courts.
The Police of Ghana is the national police institution. Under its umbrella are five police colleges, founded in 1959. The police colleges mainly train police officers next to the immigration officers, customs excise and preventive service officers that have also been trained so far. The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation works with the Police of Ghana on a training programme of soft skills for its officers as well as 200 police commanders, to enhance the citizen friendliness of the police.
The ISS is one of the leading supra-regional institutes for security matters in Africa with offices in five African countries. In South Africa, for example, ISS was part of the integration of its military. In West Africa, ISS focuses mainly on the analysis of political requirements for enhancing security and crisis preventive measures. Tools are seminars, conferences and publications as well as the consulting for and analysis of political decisions. The Hanns-Seidel-Foundation works with the ISS on researching and conducting security assessments in West Africa.