The role of Indigenous traditional institutions in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana

Vincent Ekow Arkorful

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Abstract

Indigenous traditional chieftaincy institutions in Ghana continue to gain recognition whilst wielding influence across socio-political divides. In this viewpoint essay, against the backdrop of the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic, the author explores the potential roles of these institutions in fighting the pandemic. Particularly cognisant of their roles in Ghana’s transition from pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial, through independence to a democracy and its consolidation, this article argues that the existence of the chieftaincy institutions as change agents presents a wealth of opportunity to be harnessed for pandemic control, management, and containment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-111
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume32
Issue number1
Early online date2 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • traditional institutions
  • chieftaincy
  • chiefs and queens
  • Ghana

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