The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) Friday, signed a contract with four Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to execute diverse programmes under the Commitment for Africa Project.
The Commitment for Africa Project, which was an initiative of the German government, seeks to enhance civic engagement and partnership between Civil Society Actors (CSAs) in Germany and Ghana, which was jointly implemented by CDD-Ghana and the German International Development Agency (GIZ).
The four NGOs which include the POS Foundation, RAINS, Omega Project Management Foundation and Ghana Care would each receive an equivalent of 10,000 Euros which would be disbursed in three batches for the implementation of their chosen projects to be executed within a maximum period of four months.
Mr Isaac Ofosu Debrah, Coordinator of the Project at CDD-Ghana explained that the project aims at enhancing the capacities of CSAs on advocacy and engagement through peer-to-peer joint projects proposed and implemented by German and Ghanaian CSAs and also to encourage online collaboration among them.
According to him, it focused on four main thematic areas which involves transparent public budgeting processes, political participation especially of vulnerable groups, governmental transparency in public payment transfers, as well as tax justice and benefits sharing.
He said these projects would be implemented in the Jasikan District of the Volta Region, Savelugu-Nanton District in the Northern Region, Jirapa District in the Upper West Region and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
Mr Debrah urged the beneficiary Organisations to uphold high financial accountability, ensure satisfactory performance and endeavour to properly file all documents to back their activities.
He said the satisfactory execution of these projects would give opportunity to other NGOs to benefit in future assistance.
Representatives of each of the NGOs gave a briefing of their respective projects.
Mr Jonathan Osei Owusu, Executive Director of POS Foundation said his Organisation would focus on engaging the youth to participate in governance issues, by strengthening the National Youth Dialogue, as a forum for the discussion of critical national issues.
He stated that an online advocacy platform would also be formed to boost the interest of the youth in governance issues of the country.
Mr David Kwesi Afreh, Executive Project Director, Omega Project Management Foundation on his part said his Organisation would focus on empowering vulnerable groups such as women and disabled persons, to participate in the budget processes at the local level.
He said this would be achieved through capacity building workshops to educate them on their rights and provide the necessary information that would enable them to make meaningful inputs at the preparatory stages of district assembly budgets to cater for their needs.
He said in this regard the Organisation would sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the district assembly to involve these vulnerable groups throughout the year in their budget discussions and preparation processes to ensure that their needs were captured in the budget.
Mr Richard Kuunaah, Executive Director of Ghana Care and Dr Sulemana Abudulai also of RAINS, would deal respectively with empowering women in the decision making processes in their local communities, and monitor child trafficking and child rights issues and bring them to the attention of policy makers for proper action. GNA