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IAS Director speaks at GETSPA annual conference

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Prof. Ntewusu addresses participants at the opening session

The Director of the Institute of African Studies, Prof. Samuel Ntewusu, addressed the opening session of the maiden annual conference of the Gender Equitable and Transformative Social Policy for Post-COVID-19 Africa (GETSPA) project. GETSPA is a multi-country research, policy engagement, capacity, and network-building project with a focus on social policy in Africa. The project is hosted by the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at the University of Ghana.

The three-day conference, which was held at the ISSER Conference Facility, brought together GETSPA researchers -- social policy scholars from various countries across West, East, Central, North, and Southern Africa -- to discuss their work, and exchange ideas on how to advance the impact and sustainability of the project.

In his remarks, Prof. Ntewusu acknowledged Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata, Principal Investigator and the members of the GETSPA network for their joint efforts in conceptualising a pan-African project which, in several ways, aligns with the founding vision and current operations of its host institute, the IAS. He also thanked the Open Society Foundation for supporting the establishment of GETSPA.

He observed that the goals and aims of GETSPA are driven by an African perspective as evidenced by the pan-African network of researchers, spanning 31 countries.

He said, “In very concrete terms, GETSPA upholds the vision of the Institute of African Studies, where the project is housed, through the privileging of Afrocentric scholarship in realising its goals and aims.”

Prof. Ntewusu expressed the hope that the outcomes of the GETSPA project would produce cutting-edge knowledge that would influence social policies on the continent. He called for continued funding to help make this aspiration a reality.

A section of participants at the conference

Prof. Daniel Frimpong Ofori, Provost of the College of Humanities was also present at the opening session. For his part, Prof.  Ofori, expressed his delight at the establishment of GETSPA within the College of Humanities of the University of Ghana, and noted that GETSPA is a compelling and timely initiative that promises to help transform social policymaking to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities on the continent.

He lauded the project’s focus on improving the capacity of social policy researchers in Africa through increased opportunities for exchange, collaboration, and advocacy, saying, “By providing an opportunity for researchers of the University of Ghana to lead and engage with social policy scholars across Africa, GETSPA contributes in a significant way to driving the international networks promotion objective of the College, and by extension, that of the University of Ghana.”

“As provost of the College of Humanities, I could not be more pleased to be associated with GETSPA and to be here today to witness its annual conference at the end of the first year of the project,” he concluded.

Other speakers at the opening session were Prof. Nana Akua Anyidoho and Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, co-Principal Investigators of GETSPA.

Over three days, from 23 to 25 August 2022, GETSPA researchers discussed findings from their research, common themes emerging from the studies, and their implications for policymaking and implementation and on the continent.

The annual conference is the first in-person meeting of GETSPA team members since the project’s inception a year ago. The conference provided a timely opportunity for the research teams to interact in person and deepen their network.