CDD Launches Social Accountability Project
The project, funded by the European Union, seeks to fundamentally increase citizen’s understanding and participation in governance processes at the local level by focusing on traditional authorities, youth and women groups, political party activists, persons living with disability and other minority groups, public office holders, among others.
In a keynote address, Mr. Kurt Cornelius, Head of Cooperation, European Union, said the project is part of the EU’s commitment towards strengthening decentralization in Ghana. He said the EU prioritizes the establishment of social accountability platforms at the local level to encourage community members and civil society organizations to harmonize their activities and effectively monitor performance and service delivery by district assemblies.
“The EU is of the firm opinion that accountability of public officials and citizens’ empowerment are the bedrock of good governance and pre-requisites for effective democracy,”he said.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Francis Tsegah, a Senior Fellow at CDD-Ghana said although Ghana’s decentralization program started in 1998, not much attention has been paid to the challenges of participation and representation at the local level. He said the project is timely and it will go a long way to fill some of the gaps in the country’s local government architecture.
Launching the project, the Chairman of the Project Advisory Committee, Nii Dodoo Nsaki 11, Otublohum Mantse, (Divisional Chief of Accra) urged all stakeholders to support the successful implementation of the project.
The launch was attended by representatives from civil society groups, the media, local government, youth groups, traditional authorities, the National Commission on Civic Education, Ghana National Teachers Association etc.