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The Danish Social Democratic Party and Ghana’s National Democratic Congress

The Danish Social Democratic Party (SDP) initiated the third phase of their partnership with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ghana in June 2014. The project seeks to continuously strengthen the internal party democracy of NDC through a focus on policy development, communication and ideology training.

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Female NDC members in workshop during project visit, spring 2014

About the Partnership

The overall purpose of the cooperation is to contribute to the deepening of Ghana’s democracy by strengthening NDC’s social democratic profile and the understanding of its political and organizational implications amongst NDC’s members and the public.

More specifically through a focus on:

  1. Policy Development:To improve the quality of the NDC’s ideological discussions and the quality of the policy preparations and development. The mean is a comprehensive, nation-wide and inclusive policy-making process aimed at developing a program of principles of NDC’s vision of a social democratic society in Ghana and diffusing this in the public debate.
  2. Organization and communication:Strengthening the organization of NDC, focusing explicitly on improving the communication structures and skills in NDC. We seek the approval and distribution of a revised communication strategy as an organizational manual to party cadres, discussions with leaders on the improvement of volunteer culture in the party organization and the continued capacity building of communicators especially with regards to ideology, social democracy and the political debate skills.
  3. Gender equality and youth:Strengthening the position of youth and especially women in NDC and in Ghanaian politics, by revitalizing the women wing, preparing more women to run for political positions and encourage youth participation and inclusion in decision-making. This is also pursued by thinking in the gender dimension in component A and B.

The project was approved by the DIPD Board in June 2014.

The first activities was conducted in early 2015, partly build on activities from the first partnership project where women, youth and local party cadres were

Mette Müller Kristensen with members of the NDC Women's League, 2016

Mette Müller with members of the NDC Women’s League, 2016

trained in advancing their interests.  NDC’s ideological awareness and profile is to be strengthened through the finalization of the ideology paper, ideology training and debates, ToT of party trainers and nation-wide information on the program of principles – both internal and external in the party.  The internal and external communication in NDC sought to be improved through above mentioned activities plus public meetings on the program of principles.  NDC will become a more inclusive and gender sensitive organization through continued capacity building of NDC’s female members, gender equality campaign, mentoring program, continued discussion with leadership on introducing new initiatives to promote gender equality and seminars for women on the development of a program of principles.

The National Democratic Congress

NDC was formed in connection to the return of multiparty democracy in Ghana in 1992. Formed as a social democratic party, NDC is supportive of a market economy, but countered by a policy of redistribution from rich to poor. In its Constitution, NDC states its philosophy in the following terms: “The party is a Social Democratic Party that believes in the equality and egalitarian treatment of all persons irrespective of their social, cultural, educational, religious and economic relations in a multi-party environment.“ Since 2005, NDC has been a full member of the Socialist International, where also the Danish Social Democratic Party is a member.

The Danish Social Democratic Party

Formed in 1871 on a social democratic ideology. With 47 of 179 seats, the Social Democratic Party is the largest party in Parliament, but still lost the governing power at the Danish Parliamentary election in June 2015. Party Leader is Mette Frederiksen, who replaced outgoing Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, in the wake of the June elections. Through DIPD, SDP also collaborates with the Egyptian Observatory for Training and Consultancy and the Swazi Democratic Party (SWADEPA).

More Information

Ghana: Country Profile

The Danish Social Democratic Party

Contact Iben Merild, Project Coordinator at SDP: iben@socialdemokratiet.dk