Founder of Africa Initiative for Governance Visits Ghana
The Founder and Chairman of Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Mr. Aigboje Imoukhuede, has visited Ghana as part of activities to strengthen AIG’s work and impact in the country.
AIG is a not-for-profit organisation founded to inspire the transformation of Africa’s public sector which works with governments, academic institutions and other partners to improve governance and promote the emergence of a high-performing public sector.
Its pioneering initiative brings proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding to the public sector in a private- public partnership that seeks to attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector.
AIG Leadership consists of eminent West Africans, including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria who serves as the Chairman, AIG Panel of Advisors and Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance who serves as a member of the AIG Panel of Advisors.
As part of his visit, Mr. Imoukhuede paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during which he briefed the President on AIG’s activities, particularly in relation to Ghana.
Opportunities for collaboration in the area of capacity building for public servants were also discussed.
Mr Imoukhuede also met with Justice Mrs. Georgina Wood, the immediate past Chief Justice and current Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Fellow.
In October 2017, Justice Mrs Wood was announced the 2017-2018 AIG Visiting Fellow of Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
The AIG Fellowship is awarded each year to an individual from West Africa who has demonstrated evidence of outstanding contribution to the public good, through exemplary leadership in public service.
The stay at Oxford provides AIG Fellows the opportunity to further develop their understanding of specific policy issues and solutions, and reflect on practices in other countries.
Following the Fellowship period at the School, AIG Fellows will help drive AIG’s vision for transformational public-sector leadership across the African continent.
In their discussions, Mr. Imoukhuede and Justice Mrs. Wood restated their shared visions for building the capacity of public servants and committed to collaborating in this regard for the strengthening and development of Ghana’s public sector.
Mentor to AIG scholars
As part of her AIG Fellow appointment, Justice Mrs. Wood will also serve as a mentor to AIG Scholars. In June 2016, AIG signed a partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, under which AIG will fund five scholarships every year to talented, young West Africans from all backgrounds, for graduate study at the Blavatnik School over a five-year period.
The inaugural AIG Scholars were announced in August 2017. The selection process for the 2018–2019 AIG Scholars is currently underway.
Mr. Imoukhuede also called on the Minister of Finance Ghana, Mr. Ofori-Atta and held discussions with him.