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
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.