Projects


Governance Project

The Centre for Rural Improvement services (CRIS) is implementing a social accountability project, dubbed “Promoting Social Accountability through Citizens’ Participation in local governance”. The project aims at strengthening transparency, participation and feedback around local government budgeting and planning systems. The project seeks to mobilize citizens’ interest in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) budgeting and planning programmes. It aims at cultivating positive attitudes among citizens and MMDAs with respect to participation, transparency and accountability in the design, implementation and monitoring of MMDAs plans and budgets. The project is being implemented with support from the CDD- Ghana and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). Project Activities The project adopts a combination of implementation strategies aimed at achieving all proposed objectives. The strategies include education and sensitization programmes/campaigns using community durbars and radio; creating interface engagements between citizens and duty bearers, among others. To this extent, the project has organized community engagement meetings in the central Gonja district using District Education Committees (DECs) constituted for the implementation of the project in the Central Gonja district. The DECs organized a total of 10 community durbars as part of sensitization and education on the plan and budget formulation and implementation mechanisms, and on the role of citizens and stakeholders in these processes. The durbars also formed part of an advocacy campaign to promote citizens’ participation in local governance, particularly, within the plan and budget formulation and implementation process. We hope that the combination of these strategies will build the capacity of citizens to be able to participate effectively in the budgeting and planning processes, as well as secure their buy-in for the district budget fora which will facilitate interface meeting between MMDAs officials and the citizenry. In the end, the project is expected to promote information sharing and feedback on district plans and budgets for a more open, accountable and inclusive society and improvement in service delivery.