Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Convening Continues with 200 Rising Leaders

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the Obama Foundation continued its Leaders: Africa gathering, a 5-day convening of 200 rising leaders from 44 countries representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The convening is part of a one-year leadership development and civic engagement programme designed to train, support, and connect emerging African leaders to create positive change in their communities. The convening includes plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, leadership sessions, and skillbuilding trainings to increase the Leaders’ capacity to drive positive change in Africa. Leaders will also complete a group service project to honor Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth and to underscore the important relationship between leadership and service.

Video of the gathering’s first plenary session, “Ethical Leadership in Africa,” with speakers Mo Ibrahim and Uzodinma Iweala, is available on obama.org/africa. During the dialogue, Ibrahim offered advice on leadership and spoke about the responsibility of Africans to create a better future for the continent.

To ensure you receive daily updates about the gathering, please sign up here. Below is a schedule of upcoming events.

Monday, 16 July

  • Plenary Session: “Leadership in the Face of Adversity,” with speakers Graça Machel, Bogolo Kenewendo, Thulisile Madonsela, and Nozipho Mbanjwa.
  • Skillbuilding Workshops: Communicating for Impact: Building Effective Campaigns; Innovating in Government & Policy; Pitching for Investors; Goalkeepers: Accelerating Progress on the SDGs Fundraising; Fundamentals for NGOs; Leveraging Technology and Technological Tools; Scaling Your Organization; and Strategizing for Impact: Using Systems and Complexity Thinking for Tackling Big Challenges.
  • Plenary Session: “Future Trends and the Importance of Governance in Africa,” with speakers Fred Swaniker, Sangu Delle, Maryana Iskander, and Judy Sikuza.

Tuesday, 17 July

  • Plenary Session: “The Future of Africa: Elders Pass the Baton,” with speakers Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Patrick Gaspard.
  • IdeasFest Programme: This group ideas competition will mobilize Leaders to engage in design thinking so that they can begin to create concrete, implementable solutions to real-world social challenges.

Wednesday, 18 July

  • Panel: “Innovating for the Next Generation,” with speakers Aliko Dangote, Trevor Manuel, John Collison, and Eleni Giokos.
  • Town Hall with President Obama. Livestream available at obama.org/africa and on the Obama Foundation’s Facebook page.

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Forum on the Right to Information Bill held in Yendi

Yendi (N/R)- A day’s sensitization workshop on Right to Information (RTI) Bill has been held in Yendi.

The effort was to create the needed awareness to ensure that effort being made to pass the bill was expedited.

The event was organized by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) consortium, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and SEND-Ghana with funding support from USAID.

Participants at the event included representatives of traditional authorities, health officials, youth groups, women groups, Persons With Disability (PWDs), Yendi Youth Parliament, Members of District Citizenship Monitoring Committee and the media amongst others.

Mr Richard Bekyieriya, Programme Coordinator of SEND-Ghana said the essence of the sensitization is to educate citizens on the law making process and create opportunities for them to raise questions and debate relevant issues as regards the bill.

He said a petition for the passage of the RTI Bill has been submitted to all the 275 Members of Parliament to solicit their support for the passage of the Bill before the year ends.

He said with the passage of the bill, the citizen can demand for information from all public institutions should the need arise.

Mr Bekyieriya said in line with the benefits of an RTI law to fight against corruption, the GII Consortium and RTI Coalition in February 2018, launched a joint-campaign (RTI Action Campaign) project dubbed: Accountable Democratic Institutions and System Strengthening (ADISS).

He said project seeks to ensure a robust and effective legal framework that will prevent and sanction perpetrators of corruption.

Mr Abass Yakubu, the Yendi Municipal Director of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), said the RTI is a fundamental right and public officials have a duty to make information accessible to the public.

He said the RTI promotes transparency and accountability and it is an important mechanism for ensuring social justice and help in the fight against arbitrariness in the society.

Mr Joseph Makido Azam, Advocay and Legal Advice Centre Officer (ALAC), said the advocacy for the passage of Ghana’ s RTI Bill has been ongoing since 2002.

He said efforts to get successive governments to pass the Bill have not yielded the needed results even though progress has been made in terms of reviewing the content of the drafted bill.

He said currently the RTI bill has been read the second time and is at the consideration stage awaiting debate by Parliament.

Mr Abubakari Shani, Executive Director of Action On Voluntary Child Aid, called on participants to spread the information on the need for the passage of the RTI.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Align your practices to your businesses, Human Resource practitioners urged

Accra- A day’s Human Resource (HR) forum on Aligning Human Resource to the attainment of business results has closed with a call on HR Practitioners to align their practices to their businesses.

It is believed that the alignment of their actions would help them get, keep and grow their HR goals that would ensure proactiveness.

Mr Isaac Sackey, an Executive Member of the National Governing Council of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners (IHRMP), who made the call during his presentation at the forum also urged the participants to be catalysts of change and game changers in their respective fields.

“Learn to define success, align and search for your HR goals, formulate specific passions, get everyone to buy in, measure and evaluate results, and adjust when needed,” he said.

Mr Sackey said currently, in an age of disruption, HR had a vital role to play to move the country and the world away from disruptive concerns and solve the challenges.

He said immigration, technology, religious, personality, politics, generational personality, social media and ethics were some of the disruptive challenges that behoved on HR Practitioners to use their proactivness to solve at their work places.

“HR members need to be proactive as work is no longer just confined to the office,” Mr Sackey said.

He said five challenges namely; exponential, technology, change, social and organizational setbacks are dwindling the progress of HR and it was time the myth was broken through the new phase of HR.

Admitting to the HR challenges, participants called for the attention of management and decision makers to have an understanding of the challenges in their various sectors and give room for them to help solve.

“HR metrics now indicates taking decisions on data, using technology, and technology to work is a challenge to HR practitioners, because we are used to the traditional 8am-5pm, forty hours in a week, but now we to appraise ourselves to training data,” Mr Leonard Quarcoopme, the Vice President of the HR Centre, and a participant at the forum said.

Mr Edward Kwapong, the President of IHRMP, called for a glass ceiling in terms of bridging of gender gaps in HR and giving women room to operate as well.

Among the topics treated in the day were; Age of Disruption, Disruptive Forces and HR Challenges, HR Strategy Formulation, Aligning HR strategy to Business Strategy, Basics of HR as a Business Partner and hr’s Role in Preparing for the Future.

Others were; HR Trends Impacting Success, Future Issues for Global Firms by the year 2020 as well as Aligning HR and Business Goals.

In all about 150 HR practitioners attended the day’s forum organised by the IHRMP in Accra on Friday.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Align your practices to your businesses, Human Resource practitioners urged

Accra- A day’s Human Resource (HR) forum on Aligning Human Resource to the attainment of business results has closed with a call on HR Practitioners to align their practices to their businesses.

It is believed that the alignment of their actions would help them get, keep and grow their HR goals that would ensure proactiveness.

Mr Isaac Sackey, an Executive Member of the National Governing Council of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners (IHRMP), who made the call during his presentation at the forum also urged the participants to be catalysts of change and game changers in their respective fields.

“Learn to define success, align and search for your HR goals, formulate specific passions, get everyone to buy in, measure and evaluate results, and adjust when needed,” he said.

Mr Sackey said currently, in an age of disruption, HR had a vital role to play to move the country and the world away from disruptive concerns and solve the challenges.

He said immigration, technology, religious, personality, politics, generational personality, social media and ethics were some of the disruptive challenges that behoved on HR Practitioners to use their proactivness to solve at their work places.

“HR members need to be proactive as work is no longer just confined to the office,” Mr Sackey said.

He said five challenges namely; exponential, technology, change, social and organizational setbacks are dwindling the progress of HR and it was time the myth was broken through the new phase of HR.

Admitting to the HR challenges, participants called for the attention of management and decision makers to have an understanding of the challenges in their various sectors and give room for them to help solve.

“HR metrics now indicates taking decisions on data, using technology, and technology to work is a challenge to HR practitioners, because we are used to the traditional 8am-5pm, forty hours in a week, but now we to appraise ourselves to training data,” Mr Leonard Quarcoopme, the Vice President of the HR Centre, and a participant at the forum said.

Mr Edward Kwapong, the President of IHRMP, called for a glass ceiling in terms of bridging of gender gaps in HR and giving women room to operate as well.

Among the topics treated in the day were; Age of Disruption, Disruptive Forces and HR Challenges, HR Strategy Formulation, Aligning HR strategy to Business Strategy, Basics of HR as a Business Partner and hr’s Role in Preparing for the Future.

Others were; HR Trends Impacting Success, Future Issues for Global Firms by the year 2020 as well as Aligning HR and Business Goals.

In all about 150 HR practitioners attended the day’s forum organised by the IHRMP in Accra on Friday.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dementia patients need care and attention – Medical practitioner

Accra- Over 10,000 Ghanaians who are suffering from dementia, a chronic disorder of the mental process, have been advised to seek medical help and an actual diagnosis of the condition.

Dementia is a disease that distresses the ability of the affected persons to understand what is happening around them and causes them to be frustrated as they perform their everyday activities.

Mr Benson Owusu, a Senior Staff Nurse at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge) in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said dementia affects each person in a different way, depending on the impact of the disease and the person’s personality before becoming ill.

He said when an individual exhibits signs and symptoms such as forgetfulness, losing track of time and becoming lost in familiar places; it must not be overlooked, because it could be the onset of the disease.

As dementia progresses to the middle stage, the signs and symptoms becomes clearer and more restricting, these include becoming lost at their own homes, becoming forgetful of recent events and people’s names, having increasing difficulty with communication, needing help with personal care as well as experiencing behaviour changes, including wandering and repeated questioning, he said.

Mr Owusu said a good understanding of the condition would help many to understand why someone especially the aged behave the way they do and also enable relatives to seek early and expert management from the hospital.

To do this, let us identify elderly people who are our relatives or live within our communities; and easily forgets and say they have not eaten though even though their hands may be in a plate eating; or anyone who easily forgets his or her way home. When we see how we relate to such individuals, then we will gain understanding to this chronic illness.

He said while there was no cure for the dementia disease at present, many of the problems associated with it such as restlessness and depression can be treated.

It may also be possible, especially in the early stages of dementia, to improve someone’s memory with medication, he said.

Mr Owusu said people living with dementia and their caregivers can be helped in a variety of practical ways such as building on their strengths and abilities to ensure that affected ones maintain a sense of well-being throughout their lives.

He urged the public to exercise regularly and have proper meals to help lower the risk of some types of dementia which may directly benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain.

Let us not discriminate against anyone with this condition. For them to have a good quality of life, they need a family as well as community support, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency