Objective 


To empower the neglected and underrepresented groups in the West Mamprusi and Gushegu districts in the Northern Region to participate in their local governance structures.

Background


In an effort to engage citizens, the Ghanaian government has implemented decentralization in the local government system. The purpose is to create a decentralized, non-partisan, & administrative arm of government, providing citizen’s the opportunity to participate in decision making.

District Assemblies (DAs) are part of this: they exist to bring the governs to the people. They are composed of elected representatives from various communities. However, there are several groups that are grossly under-represented in the DAs. This includes:

  • Women: women’s issues are often pushed aside, and, despite composing 51 % of the Ghanaian population, they are under-represented in the DAs.
  • Youth: youth’s voices often are unheard due to stigmas that they ‘do not know enough’. Yet, 57% of the Ghanaian population is under 25 years of age.
  • Disabled Peoples: disabled peoples are underrepresented in governance.
  • Ethnic minorities: ethnic minorities—particularly the Fuylani group, of whom is effectively invisible to the government, despite that they contribute much to the nation’s economy.

What we do


This program is twofold. First, we strive to empower the underrepresented groups—women, youth, disabled, and ethnic minorities—to have the capacity to meaningful engage with their local governance. Second, we work with the DAs to ensure that their environment is welcoming to these groups.

Focus areas


  1. Promoting transparent, accountable, and inclusive service delivery and development management at a local level.
  2. Innovative technologies and media for promoting citizens participation, accountability and public access to information in local governance.
  3. Voice and participation of women, disabled, youth, and ethnic minorities.

Strategies

  1. Capacity building:
  • Provision of training for members of vulnerable groups on decentralization and government processes
  • Provision of training for people in the local governance systems on gender and social inclusion.
  1. Partnership and Collaboration:

Stakeholders, such as the Department of Social Welfare, the Gender Department, Commission on Human Rights, and Administrative Justice and the Media are key partners in this project.

  1. Excluded Groups Led Advocacy:

Encourage and empower youth, women, and Fulani Community leaders to take leadership responsibilities towards the promotion of their rights.

  1. Media and Participatory Radio Campaigns:

Partnering with Eagle FM and Radio Savannah to create awareness of the issues that excluded groups face.

Partnerships


  • STAR-Ghana
  • Eagle FM & Radio Savannah FM
  • Government Agencies: Department of Social Welfare, National Youth Authority, Gender Desk Unit and Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice
  • Community Leaders