Traditional leadership

Traditional leaders and organisations continue to play an important role in many societies around the world. Decisions in communities on agriculture, land use, health, peace keeping and conflict resolution are often taken under the guidance of traditional authorities. Although traditional leaders and organizations tend to be ignored and even depowered by national governments and development efforts, many forms of these local governance structures still survive today.

COMPAS’ partner organizations have strengthened local organizations and leadership to resume their role in community activities. For example in Ghana by training traditional Queens to strengthen their role of supporting rural women and in Guatemala by organizing spiritual leaders to strengthen local agriculture, health and governance systems and to propose a new national law on sacred sites.

Thematic brochures on traditional leadership

  • Policy Brief, Traditional Leadership, Interfacing traditional and formal governance in Ghana’s decentralization process
  • Policy Brief, Bio-enterprisis, Endogenous Development and well-being
  • Case Study, Biodiversity Conservation, Guardians of the sacred caves Forikrom, Ghana
  • Policy Brief, Agriculture, Indigenous Knowledge and Resources for Sustainability in Agriculture
  • Policy Brief, Sacred Natural Sites, A Law on Sacred Sites in Guatemala
  • Issues Paper, Sacred Natural Sites, Monastic Communities Conserving Nature