NEW YORK, New York – The Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has appointed veteran Africa’s security sector expert, Dr. Thomas Jaye, as a tenured professor at the institute.
GIMPA was established in 1961 as a joint Ghana Government/United Nations Special Fund Project. GIMPA was founded in 1961 as a training center.
It was originally called the Institute of Public Administration, established to train public servants with administrative and professional competence to plan and administer national, regional, and local services.
In 1999/2000, GIMPA was among a group of 200 public sector organizations in Ghana earmarked under the World Bank-funded Public Sector Reform Programme to be taken off Government Subvention. GIMPA was subsequently selected under the National Institutional Reform Programme to be transformed, notably to be self-financing. Subsequently, GIMPA was taken off Government Subvention in 2001.
GIMPA was transformed under the leadership of Prof. Stephen Adei from a small, public service institution to a comprehensive tertiary institution offering programs in leadership, management, public and business administration, and technology for both the public and private sectors, NGO’s, civil societies and many more.
The institute had the mandate to train public servants with administrative and professional competence to plan and administer national, regional and local level services.
GIMPA’s academic programs are also accredited by the National Accreditation Board. The Institute is made up of four schools, namely:
- GIMPA Business School
- School of Public Service and Governance
- School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Law, GIMPA
- School of Technology
Dr. Jaye holds a doctorate degree in International Politics from the Department of International Politics of the University of Aberystwyth, UK, an MA degree in History from Moscow State University.
His vast research interests have been in security studies, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, peace agreements and power-sharing, conflict studies, and international history.
He has written widely and engaged in practical work on security sector reform. He is also co-editor of the ECOWAS and the Dynamics of Peacebuilding in West Africa; Compendium of ECOWAS Peace and Security Decisions; and author of Issues of Sovereignty, Strategy and Security in the ECOWAS Intervention in the Liberian Civil War. Dr. Jaye has also written on ECOWAS security culture and is currently working on the HIV/AIDS dimension of the SSR and DDR processes in Africa.
Dr. Jaye, who is also director of an institute for research and policy at the University of Liberia, has also had a long relationship with Ghana and the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Center, previously serving as its Deputy Director for Research of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research.
Based in Ghana, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre provides training and research in peacekeeping and peace operations. Named in honor of the late Secretary-General of the United Nations and chair of Africa Council of elder, Kofi Annan, the regional peacekeeping training center was established in 1998, formally began operations in 2002 under the presidency of the late UN chief Kofi Annan.
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004.
The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa.
This was in recognition of the need for training military, police, and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and Peace Support Operations (PSO) in Africa.