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Client: ODI

Title: The MWANANCHI Ghana Project
Date: October 2009- March 2013

Brief Description:

The Mwananchi (Mwanh-nah-‘nchee) Ghana Project is part of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) five-year action-research project taking place in Seven African countries. Participatory Development Associates (PDA) is the National Coordinating Organisation (NCO) for the project in Ghana.

The project which began in 2008 sought to enhance the ability of civil society, media, and elected representatives to better access, understand and apply information and communication as a basic resource, process and strategy to shape government policy and practices that engage the interests and voices of citizens. It aimed to link voice and accountability enabling citizens to have a voice and use it as the agent of transformation of institutions towards better government accountability and responsive to citizen interests. The programme worked on the following underlying assumptions:

  • That the key interlocutors of citizen-state relations are media, civil society, elected representatives and traditional ruler
  • That these interlocutors need to work with each other better and maximize the benefits of synergy emanating from their comparative advantages as regards policy making and citizen participation
  • That these interlocutors need to improve their use of evidence in order to influence policies
  • That the key engagement areas are representative, policy processes and accountability

The project had three key outputs:

  1. Improved engagement, transparency and accountability of traditional authorities at all levels and elected representatives (parliamentarians and Assembly Members) to their constituencies
  2. Enhanced citizen participation in policy making, implementation, and monitoring, including national budget processes.
  3. Enhanced citizen participation in policy making, implementation, and monitoring, including national budget processes.

The Mwananchi Ghana Project through these outputs areas will also seek to enhance dialogue among civil society organisations, media organisations and elected representatives to strengthen the capacity of partner organisations to effectively work on the governance issues identified. The experiences and lessons will be shared across Ghana, Africa and the world at large.

The project was implemented in partnership with eleven (11) grant partner organisations in six (6) regions. Through the power of information and communication technology, these organisations worked towards creating platforms for sustainable dialogue among key stakeholders (CSO, media organizations, elected representatives, and traditional authorities) on critical governance and social issues, researching into legislative and decision making processes and experimenting with practical and innovative ideas to improve freedom of speech, strengthen dialogue and improve community development. Below is the list of the implementing partners:

  1. Basic Needs Ghana
  2. BElim Wusa Development Agency (BEWDA)
  3. Choice Ghana
  4. Conservation Foundation
  5. Drama Network
  6. Friends of the Nation
  7. Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD)
  8. Radio Ada
  9. Tongu Youth & Children’s Evangel (ToYACE)
  10. Advocated & Trainers for Women’s Welfare Advancement and Rights (ATWWAR)
  11. Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation