GHANA'S STRENGTHENING ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS PROJECT
The Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) is a five-year (2014 to 2019) governance project seeking to strengthen citizen’s oversight of capital Development projects and improve local government transparency, accountability and performance. GDCA is partnering with Oxfam Ibis, which is in a consortium with Care International in Ghana and Integrated Social Centre (ISODEC), to implement the project. The Consortium is working with Ghana Audit Service (GAS), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other local and national level stakeholders to implement the project in 100 districts. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Project goal and objectives
The goal for the GSAM project is to strengthen citizen oversight of capital development projects to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance.
To achieve the above goal the consortium will work towards three specific objectives as follows:
Increased availability of accessible information on MMDAs’ capital development project performance in 100 districts; (1a. increased availability of accessible information on GAS performance audit in 50 districts and; 1b. Increased availability of citizen-generated information on MMDAs’ capital development projects in 50 districts).
Strengthened CSO and citizens’ capacity to monitor MMDAs’ capital development projects in 50 districts
Increased use of citizen-generated information on MMDA capital projects in 50 districts
The project has four main implementation strategies designed to achieve its objectives as presented below:
Social monitoring of capital projects
Public information campaigns
Civil Society Capacity building
Use of (social) Technology – E-Platform
Results by GDCA so far
GDCA has facilitated citizen-led processes in the monitoring of capital development projects in the Kpandai and East Gonja Districts of the Northern Region. More than 2,000 citizens in both Districts have acquired knowledge and skills in the monitoring of capital projects in their communities including project initiation, execution and assessing project benefits.
The citizens have undertaken monitoring of capital projects using community scorecard approach to generate information on the performance of the DAs in capital development projects.
On the other hand DAs have provided citizens with information regarding project initiation, planning, procurement of contractors and execution of capital projects.
An on-going dialogue has been established between citizens and DAs and other service providers on their performance in execution of capital projects and the project benefits to the citizens.