AOur Vision

CIKOD’s vision is that of a society, where the rural poor, the marginalised and rural women have a voice and contribute pro-actively to equitable and sustainable community development.

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BOur Mission

CIKOD’s Mission is to strengthen the capacities of communities through traditional authorities (TAs) and local institutions to utilize their local and appropriate.

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CAbout Us

The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) is a non-profit organization registered in Ghana under the Companies Code in 2003.

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DOur Capacity

CIKOD have a small but dedicated team of 9 permanent staff at the national office in Accra, 2 facilitators in Northern Ghana, 1 intern (service personnel),
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Welcome, to CIKOD!

CIKOD is a non-governmental organization based in Ghana. Its main purpose is to develop methodologies for the strengthening of traditional authorities and civil society organizations to facilitate sustainable grassroots organizational development that gives voice to the poor and vulnerable rural families. CIKOD is partnering with a number of International Organizations including CARE International, Konrand-Adenauer-Stiftung and COMPAS International.

CIKOD's logo has a very particular meaning. The bird is a traditional symbol called "SANKOFA", which means learning from your roots in order to move forward, while the surrounding of the bird resembles the step by step of a development process.

dCommunity participation has been accepted as a pre-condition for any meaningful community development programmes. To this end, various tools have been developed that aim at maximizing the participation of the poor in their development programmes. CIKOD believe that, in spite of these participatory approaches, poverty reduction is still problematic because of the failure to build community development interventions that respect and include local cultures and people’s worldviews. The core of CIKOD’s work is to promote a community development approach that empowers and builds on the existing indigenous institutions and resource base of communities including their natural, social and spiritual resources – termed as Endogenous Development.  In this approach communities use the skills and knowledge already present in the community as a means to lever appropriate external resources for their development initiatives.
In Ghana, in spite of a modern political organizational system, the majority of the people, specifically in the rural areas, are still organized around their indigenous institutions for carrying out the activities that are important for their development and well being.
Civil society at the rural level is visible in the form of indigenous organizations such as Nnoboa groups, asafo groups, susu groups, clan networks and hometown associations through which poor rural families organize their social, economic and political lives. The resilience of rural people in spite of the serious deprivation at the rural level may be largely attributed to these institutions and forms of organization. Yet these opportunities for sustainable community mobilization for self development have been undermined and ignored over the years by development practitioners.
CIKOD is an active member of COMPAS which is an international network with headquarters in the Netherlands that seeks to encourage development practitioners to take indigenous knowledge seriously and support endogenous development in Africa, Asia and South America. COMPAS Africa is a network comprising NGOs using an Endogenous Development approach in their work in South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania and Ghana.

Groundswell International
[CIKOD Partner]

CIKOD Annual Report 2010


Abenaba, Caretaker of Kunkua's Sacred Grove.CIKOD Videos <Click here for more>

“Normally a chief may think that he or she is the authority of the community and thus has all the right to do what he or she wants to do but this has nothing to do with evelopment now personally I have seen that I am accountable to the people and I need to listen to them. It is the exposure I have had from CIKOD that have placed me in this particular role.The stage I have reached and to spread this out to other people here I am facing some difficulties.
Nana Tabi.”