Five communities in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region are receiving a series of sensitisations on inclusive and participatory local governance.
The project, which is being implemented by Community Development and Advocacy Centre (CODAC), a non-governmental organisation based in Bolgatanga, with support from STAR-Ghana and in collaboration with the UKAID, is titled: ‘Strengthening inclusive and Accountable Governance Project.’
It is aimed at increasing the participation of vulnerable groups’ in decision-making, with emphasis on widows, women household heads, and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
The organisation identified socially excluded as persons with disabilities, women household heads and widows, and is now building their capacities on composite budgeting processes, fees (revenue) fixing, planning and execution of developmental projects and programmes in their respective communities by their district assemblies.
The beneficiary communities include Bongo-Dua, Lungo, Bongo Sanabiisi, Vea and Gamborogo. Meanwhile, a similar project is being implemented in the Talensi District.
After one of such capacity building programmes at Bongo-Dua, the Programme Officer at CODAC, Afayak Limatu, explained that as part of the programme, CODAC trained 35 selected staff of the beneficiary assemblies on Gender Equality and Social Inclusive (GESI) responsive planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting tools. The organisation is also supporting the assemblies to develop GESI planning guidelines.
Madam Afayak said the organisation entered into the target communities, identified and mobilised the people into groups, through the support of the community and traditional leaders. Aside capacity building programmes on how to participate in local level processes, the beneficiaries were also taken through human rights and entitlements, gender and social inclusion concepts.
The organisation works with the assemblies, and after building the capacity of the people, it engages the assemblies and shares with the administrators the outcomes of the discussions with the local people, and the need for the administrators to factor those outcomes into their planning, budgeting and fee fixing.
Moses Asabila, an opinion leader and beneficiary of the capacity building programme at Bongo-Dua, said the programme has empowered them to make inputs on the kind of projects they get and where they should be sited.
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