The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD) is a non-profit organization registered in Ghana under the Companies Code in 2003. Our purpose is to transform indigenous institutions and local groups into vibrant grassroots civil society organizations that would enhance participation of rural communities in their own development processes. CIKOD aims to facilitate dialogue on the role of indigenous knowledge and institutions in modern day community development and empowerment.

Core Values

  • CIKOD are committed to promoting an Endogenous Development (ED) approach in our work in order to ensure that our work is community driven and that we are building the capacity of communities.
  • CIKOD believe in a sustainable approach to community development and work with indigenous knowledge systems.
  • As an organisation we believe that all staff need to be committed and have a passion for the work we do.
  • We strive to build an organisation that promotes respect, toleration and in which people feel happy to work.
  • CIKOD believe that it is important to build an organisation that is accountable and transparent in what we do.


The Community Organizational Development (COD) approach and techniques, developed by CIKOD and its associates, aims to enable development facilitators to work with people’s cultural resources – material, social and spiritual – in the context of their worldviews.  The COD process supports communities to mobilize and utilize their cultural assets, use them more effectively and manage and direct their own affairs.

The COD approach initiated during the reporting period proved to be effective in delivering endogenous development.

The COD approach comprises a systematic set of tools:

  • Community Institutions and Resources Mapping (CIRM)
  • Community Visioning and Action Planning (CVAP)
  • Community Organizational Self Assessment (COSA)
  • Community Institutional Strengthening (CIS)
  • Learning, Sharing and Assessment (LeSA)
  • Using festival and traditional forums for community dialogue with power bearers


The difference between these tools and their conventional counterparts is the fact that they are premised on working with and through the traditional authorities and indigenous institutions and their organizational practices and resources. This enhances ownership and inclusion of the whole community in the development process.


An additional tool that should be considered in next strategic phase is Bio-cultural Community Protocols for empowering communities to demand their rights to their heritage and natural resources

Vision Statement

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

Mission Statement

The mission is to contribute to the transformation of indigenous institutions and local organizations of rural communities into vibrant grassroots civil society organizations that will enhance the participation of rural people in their own development processes.