The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies pride itself with various projects and initiatives to bring inspiration, motivation, capability building and empowerment of leaders across the globe
Capacity building is an intervention that strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission by promoting sound management, strong governance, and persistent rededication to achieving results. Furthermore, having the ability to fulfill a capacity building mission means that an organization has (a) sufficient numbers of staff who possess the necessary knowledge and skills, (b) appropriate and adequate technical and management systems, (c) suitable physical infrastructure, and (d) ample financial and other resources. Thus, capacity building is not limited to training personnel or the provision of Technical Assistance, but may include overhauling systems, remodeling physical infrastructure, recruiting new personnel, and improving the efficiency of the use of existing resources.
The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies works together with the African Union- ECOSOC and other developing partners to develop capacity building program designed to support member state civil society organizations and other affiliate with ECOSOCC, develop effective and well-managed organizations that make best use of human resources sustainability. With focus on delivering successful strategies, emerging tools as well as specific skills and tactics necessary to build the capacity of NGO and CSOs which will intend benefit them in the areas of improved governance, leadership, collaborations, project implementations, diversity, partnership and collaborations, project or program evaluations, advocacy, and policy decisions. For the individual members, they stand to build organizing skills, leadership skills, advocacy skills, technical skills, and personal and professional development. Jagils and ECOSOCC will jointly implement these training in a hybrid format to allow member states to participate from different geographical locations.
According to the United Nations Election observation is a valuable tool for improving the quality of elections. Observers help build public confidence in the honesty of electoral processes. Observation can help promote and protect the civil and political rights of participants in elections. It can lead to the correction of errors or weak practices, even while an election process is still under way. It can deter manipulation and fraud or expose such problems if they do occur. When observers can issue positive reports, it builds trust in the democratic process and enhances the legitimacy of the governments that emerge from elections. Election observation by domestic groups encourages civic involvement in the political process. Following elections, reports and recommendations by observer groups can lead to changes and improvements in national law and practice.
Observation takes on heightened importance in post-conflict countries, in which groups that have been contesting on the battlefield may harbor strong suspicions of the political system and the election process. In such cases, observation makes an important contribution to peacebuilding, since creating confidence in elections can help promote national reconciliation and sound democratic practices.
The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies in partnership with the International Commission of Diplomacy and Global Affairs (The Hague) and West Africa Center for Peace Studies (Ghana) have developed a comprehensive course that covers broad methodological issues, short-term observation, and long-term observation of elections. The objectives of the training are to meet operational requirements and identify processes and means of transferring academic and institutional expertise into the public sphere. The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies runs a very strong alumni network, these are fellows who graduated from the Institute and are in 40 countries and in 4 continents ready to be utilize for African Union-ECOSOCC observer mission. Majority of these alumni are well equipped and strategically position for impact. The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies believed that carefully designed and conducted election observation can improve the implementation of the human rights of women and help to enhance their participation in electoral processes. Comprehensive observation should include an assessment of how all elements of an election process that affect women as well as men. Targeted observation efforts can focus specifically on aspects of women’s participation in elections. Since women should have the opportunity to participate equally as observers, observation itself can serve to bring more women into the political process. As an institution we run training models in Election Integrity, Media and Elections, Electoral Management, Voter Education etc.
Conflict is ubiquitous. As human beings we engage in conflict situations at both the personal and professional levels with varying degrees of comfort and success. The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies designed peace and security trainings to build the confidence and capacity of learners to understand, analyze, and intervene in multiple conflict situations. These skills will enhance and complement the knowledge and practice of individuals in any field but, in particular, human resources, business management, law enforcement or social services.
The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies intend to partner with the African Union -ECOSOCC and West Africa Center for Peace Studies to train member organization and also served as a consultant because in a region wracked by civil wars and conflict, peace building has become a pivotal issue in the pursuit of democracy. The Jagils carries out research on peace building and conflict management in West and East Africa, including the role of civil organizations, political leaders, and the military. Most activities to promote peace are not about formal mediation between governments and armed groups. The picture is more complex. Transforming conflict requires processes that work at all levels of society and involves different people in many roles, from civil servants and NGO activists to local journalists working with parties in the conflict and across conflict divides. The Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies offer long-term and flexible support to help strengthen efforts and tackle the underlying causes that fuel and prolong conflicts. Jagils will provide training to ECOSOC members to understanding the root causes of conflict as key to any intervention. On peacebuilding, the Institute will provide information on peace building activists, activities and institutions in Africa including Promoting locally led peace initiatives in Africa, which is a highly war-affected region; Encouraging dialogue across conflict divides; Documenting and analyzing peace and Promoting opportunities for comparative learning
Violence during conflict is often based on gender, especially sexual violence, which is often used as an instrument of terror or torture to destroy communities. Other forms of gender-based violence include the forced conscription of boys into militias, the targeted killing of men and boys who are seen as potential combatants, and the forced marriage or sexual slavery of women and girls.
The term gender is often incorrectly seen as being synonymous with women. However, it is also important not to focus solely on the stereotype of women as victims – their role in conflict as combatants, informers and protagonists for violence is far more complex. Men and boys are not always aggressors. In many conflict zones, women’s rights and their role in building peace have been undermined or ignored.
While women make up more than half the population in Africa, they hardly feature in the processes of re-establishing peace and security, democracy, and development in the region. The Gender programme intends to address this by promoting a gender-sensitive approach to issues of democratization, security and development and the understanding that in building peace it is vital that all sectors of society participate.
The Human Rights section will monitor and report on the implementation of international and regional instruments signed and ratified by Africa states, as well as monitoring the work of regional and inter-governmental bodies on the promotion of the culture of rights. Sensitizing rights holders through targeted training and engaging the duty bearers through advocacy and research.
In terms of areas that JAGILS can be of help, I believe that the mission of Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies which is to bring leaders across the globe together to learn Transformational leadership skills, engage in activities that foster ethical behavior, build an inclusive community, demonstrate social responsibility and inspire a commitment to excellence along with its vision to develop ethical, responsible, civic minded leaders who contribute positively to their local and global communities for positive and constructive purposes is exactly what the African Union needs. JAGILS will be able to teach/train and prepare leaders very well to take on the community tasks and civil duties that aims at improving their communities such as voting observers, women’s equality and so on that are dear to the African Union.
With the number of courses that JAGILS offers around Human Rights, Executive level leadership trainings, conflict resolution, peace building trainings amongst others, the African Union will benefit in partnering as they will have a centralized institution that is able to provide most, if not all the leadership, human rights, social justice trainings they need to equip their members to be ready for the tasks/projects they will be undertaking within their communities. In addition, the alumni sector of JAGILS will become a force of support to those trained through JAGILS to ensure that the projects are coordinated and executed in a timely, effective, and complete manner.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment, and social justice.
Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.
A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace. Join Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute and its affiliate partners to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace under the theme: End Racism. Build Peace
Please contact us and let’s collaborate to discuss Global peace issues. Peace it through dialogue
Diversity is a healthy aspect of human society. It can open possibilities, challenge us to consider alternatives, and keep us from allowing ourselves to stagnate. We need to celebrate diversity, not fear it or perceive it as a threat. Within our diversity as humans there are differences in perception, needs, values, power, desires, goals, opinions, many other components of human interaction. These differences often lead to conflict. Depending on the way we deal with these differences and disagreements, conflict can either be positive or negative. In dealing with conflicts, the point is not to remove the differences but to use those differences to (1) clarify our understanding of each other and the relationship, (2) consider ideas and possibilities we may not have thought about, and (3) see if there are aspects of the relationship on which we can build effectively to improve the relationship. Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies and its partners will be hosting The International Cultural Diversity Conference 2023 with the theme: celebrating the beauty in diversity of cultures- a key to national unity and development.
The purpose of the conference is to: (i) Identify the key factors for the youth to participate fully in community development and creating global culture, (ii) Collect and disseminate testimonies and case studies from around the world on how youths, women and community are involved in development and how to make quantum leap in development by using cultural diversity
Menstruation is a natural process by which women shed off the linking of their uterus by monthly bleeding. This process comes with discomfort and pain in most cases. It is estimated that the average woman with an average life expectancy rate of 60, bleeds for 40 years of those years. Unfortunately, the materials women use to keep themselves clean and comfortable during this natural process has been classified as a luxury product and heavily taxed. Ghana has a 20% tax and South Africa until the repeal of that law had a 15% of this tax on this essential commodity.
This tax makes the commodity extremely unaffordable for girls from deprived communities. Research shows that about 30% of girls cannot afford sanity pad. This situation is called Period Poverty. This adversely affects girls education, health, confidence, self worth among others. As ongoing advocacy calls on Governments across Africa to take off the unfortunate tax, affected girls continue to be exposed.
- Proposed Solution
A partnership with JAGILS Alumnus to gather and distribute sanitary pads to girls. The Girls Excellence Movement-GEM distributes sanitary and also educates girls on proper usage and disposable. This is part of our monthly capacity building program dubbed “GEM Inspiration-On-Wheels” that delivers girl-focused activities to girls in their schools. GEM has relied on individuals, groups and organizations to distribute over 33000 boxes benefiting over 10000 girls across 7 regions in Ghana since 2018 and counting. With the JAGILS Alumnus on board, the project can be expanded for greater impact .
- Projected Impact of Pad Drive
- Benefit an average of 5000 girls per Year
- Keep 5000 girls clean, comfortable and consistent in the classroom during menses
- Impact the confidence and self worth for 5000 girls per year
- General improvement in academic performance of 5000 girls per year
- Contribute towards fulfilling targets under SDGs 3, 4,5,10, 17 respectively.
- Promote JAGILS programs and Alumnus
- Improve the good will and social capital for JAGILS as socially responsible
- Expand GEM’s reach beyond Ghana
- Proposed Pad Drive Details
- Procurement and distribution of pad on the usual GEM Inspiration-On-Wheels program monthly
- Distribution of pad to some schools within communities with Alumnus presence
- Menstrual Hygiene Education for targeted girls on proper usage and disposal, of sanitary pads. In-person and via virtual platforms
This will positively impact the general well-being and academic performance of an average of 500 girls per month for 10 months in a year (from February to November)
- Proposed Beneficiaries, Countries, and other Logistics
- Beneficiaries – Girls who participate in the GEM Inspiration-On-Wheels program monthly. Also Girls in selected neighboring African Countries.
- Countries – Ghana since GEM is headquartered in Accra. Later expand to Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya, Liberia etc
- Transportation – The usual GEM Transportation system donated mostly by the Presidency. Alumnus may serve as volunteers to deliver pads to schools in their communities
- Publicity/Awareness Creation
All GEM and JAGILS platforms are proposed to be used together with support from Alumnus.
- Proposed Budget
A box of Sanitary Pad currently costs about 200 Ghana Cedis. (converted to about 28 US dollars) 65 boxes are needed per month to cater for over 500 girls per outreach. Each girl gets 3 or 4 packs to last for 3 months of average bleeding. Total estimated budget per month is about 1820 dollars.
- About GEM
GEM is a registered, volunteer-driven non-profit organization that inspires, educates, mentors, and informs to transform girls into great women of excellence. It started as a passion project in 2008 and gradually developed into an established and registered non-profit organization in 2018 and 2021 in Ghana and the United States of America Respectively. We secured the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the USA in November 2021. An organizational profile is attached for your attention.
Details coming soon
- The 2GetherWeMove Challenge which was held in August. This was a 15-day health awareness challenge where all Alumni were challenged to exercise and be active, especially because the pandemic has left many with excess weight. This was an awesome event as most alumni participated very well, even those who were on vacation at the time…😊
- Strategic Financial Management for Managers: this was held in September. It was important to cover this topic because it was not focus during the 10-week ESLM class. Professor Edward Atuahene was gracious enough to cover this topic for us.
- October Pink It Out: Breast Cancer Awareness—October is dedicated worldwide as breast cancer awareness month. Inspirers took the opportunity to host an event on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Options. Our own Dr. Grace Buckman moderated the event, and Dr. Susan Koduah gave an amazing presentation on the topic.
- Men Sexual Health
- Break the bias International Women Days
- Jagils Annual Dinner and Fund Raizer 2019
- Jagils Annual Dinner and Fund raiser 2021