Policy Making Must be Sensitive To Needs Of Citizenry - HCS

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Head of the Civil Service (HCS), Nana Agyekum Dwamena, has called on Civil Servants to be realistic and sensitive to the needs of the citizenry when formulating policies. He noted that research has shown that about 30% of policies are not fully implemented.

The HCS made these remarks at the sensitization and launch of an Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) course to be organized at the Civil Service Training Center (CSTC) in Accra next year.

The HCS further noted that the process of policy formulation is very critical to the developmental agenda of Ghana, adding that it is important that issues are  thought out critically to avoid having projects dotted all over the country without the requisite funds to implement them.

The Principal for CSTC, Mrs. Dora Dei Tumi, in her welcome address explained that the EIPM, is an innovative approach to development, where policy makers will be equipped with resources that will position them to incorporate research at the formulation stage of policy making.

She said with the decoupling of the of the Local government Service from the Civil Service, one major task was to develop and formulate policy options for government. He thanked DFID for agreeing to sponsor the programme and Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) for supporting the Ghana Civil Service with the EIPM course.

She noted that the CSTC is motivated by the objective to support personnel in the Civil Service with cutting edge courses to discharge its duties creditably; hence its collaboration with GINKS is timely and most welcome.

The Board Chairman of GINKS, Dr. Joel Sam, noted that the EIPM will provide participants with the skills to respond to time sensitive requests for information and evidence to inform public decision making. He said the course will commence April 2015 and will be targeted at officers who inform the everyday decisions of Directors and Heads of Departments; as well as officers who provide policy recommendation to government.

 

The Programme Manager of Star Ghana, Mr. Ibrahim Amidu Tanko in his presentation, said decision making now impacted on a very large and diverse population. He therefore advised that policy making should be based on consensus building especially in an environment that is polarized on issues. He called on policy makers to build a culture of collaborative relationships aimed at soliciting support to the process of policy making.