Project Management

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Our Project Management Work

PDA has considerable project management capacity having managed several large scale projects over several years on behalf of organisations outside Ghana. It has done this both alone and as part of consortia. Some of these have included fund management, where funds are given to partners to implement projects and PDA provides oversight and support.

PDA is especially well known for its participatory and inclusive approaches to project management, undertaking work with marginalised groups all over Ghana, as well as providing timely and reliable capacity building support for other organisations.

PDA also has its own profit making projects which help to generate independent income for the organisation and to further development objectives that we especially care about. See the list of Past Work for details.


Client: Free the Slaves (FTS)

Title: Promoting Children's Rights in Informal Gold Mining Communities, Ghana
Date: December 2011- March 2012

Brief Description: This was an eighteen month project being implemented in 10 communities in and around Obuasi area. It covered 3 districts in the Ashanti Region: Obuasi Municipality, Adansi North and Amansie Central. The main purpose of the project was to create an environment that would protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse occurring in and around informal mining sites. The project assumed that even in a context of extreme social exclusion, community members can act to reduce sexual exploitation of all children. Its’ innovation lies in making use of the local culture by merging research and education, focusing on both abuses as well as on nurturing behaviour. Using “narrative pedagogy” methods, this project developed printed, illustrated narratives reflecting the theme of sexual abuse in informal mining communities. Materials included information about child health, how to recognise abuse, how to talk to children and how to prevent child abuse.


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

Client: The iMPACT Consortium

Date:December 2007- January 2012

Brief Description
PDA is part of a partnership inspired by the MARS Company comprising AFRICARE, GTZ, ICI, IFESH, MARS Inc, Rainforest Alliance and STCP. The Mars Partnership for African Cocoa Communities of Tomorrow (iMPACT) is a three-year program with funding from Mars Incorporated, starting January 2008.The target group is rural communities of Ghana who are reliant on cocoa as a means of income and living. The project is being piloted in 18 communities in two districts in Ghana. The pilot districts are Wasa Amenfi West (Asankrangwa) and Assin North (Assin Fosu).

The partnership’s aim is to demonstrate that an integrated approach that includes agriculture, environment, education and health can lead to distinct changes in the incomes and welfare of rural communities. The purpose of the iMPACT program is to develop the capacity of cocoa farming communities in Ghana to identify and improve their social, economic and environmental situation. The achievement of this purpose will contribute to the development of cocoa farming in Ghana as profitable, socially rewarding and environmentally sustainable livelihood for families and an attractive occupation for the coming generation.OASIS Foundation in Assin North and CODESULT Network in Wassa Amenfi West, both districts based NGOs are the Community Engagement Partners(CEPs), the face of iMPACT at community level.

PDA as part of the partnership has the responsibility to provide capacity building support to the community engagement processes. These include the training of Community Engagement Partners (CEPs) and key district stakeholders in the use of participatory methodologies to conduct Dialogue & Sensitisation and Participatory Planning and elaboration of community action plans. Also PDA is to coordinate, provide backstopping in the community engagement process and monitor the support the CEPs give to the communities in the implementation of their community action plans.


Client: CARE International Ghana

Title: Voices from the Land project
Date: May 2006-January 2007

Brief Description:

PDA led the implementation of this project, funded as part of Care International’s Security in Land Tenure Project (SLATE). The pilot project included a literature review on access to land by poor land users. The pilot activities focused on two districts in the Greater Accra region and two in the Upper West where a partner organization, CIKOD undertook the community level dialogue. The goal was to support national level civil society advocacy to ensure that the implementation of Ghana’s land policy included mechanisms for equitable security of land tenure. Activities specifically focused on facilitating sustainable channels for the voices of the poor land users to influence national land policies to address their concerns.


Client: Ministry of Local Government Rural Development & Canadian International Development Agency

Title: Community Driven Initiatives for Food Security (CIFS)

Date: May 2004 - 2011
Brief Description

PDA provides the Capacity Development Specialist on this 6-year bilateral programme funded by CIDA and implemented through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. The overall goal of CIFS is to contribute to increased food security in northern Ghana through an approach that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. The purpose is to demonstrate that community-driven initiatives, implemented within the existing framework for district planning, are an effective and sustainable way of increasing food security in northern Ghana. The project covers 10 districts in the eastern corridor of the Northern Region and employs capacity building as a key strategy for implementation in a manner that enables learning across districts and ensures that lessons and experiences from one district inform the way activities are implemented in other districts.

Client: DFID Ghana

Title: Civil Society Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI) [www.ravighana.org]
Date: October 2004 - September 2009

Brief Description

PDA is part of a consortium of four organisations, led by Action Aid International Ghana, responsible for managing this five-year programme which aims to enhance citizens’ engagement with the state with respect to social, political, economic, cultural and civil rights.PDA has particular responsibility for capacity building of grant partner organisations.

Client: International Cocoa Initiative

Title: "Yen Daakye" Programme with the International Cocoa Initiative [www.cocoainitiative.org]

Date: Nov 2004 - 2010

Brief Description

PDA is the Local Coordinating Agency for ICI in the implementation of the ‘Yen Daakye’ (‘our future’) Project. Yen Daakye is a programme of community driven initiatives for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour/forced labour in cocoa production and marketing, through a child-centred development strategy. The pilot programme will run for two years, ending in September/October 2006. This is being implemented in three districts in Ghana, namely New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region, and Daboase and Asankrangwa, both in the Western Region. The programme is being carried out by district-based Implementing Partners (NGOs), who carry out the work at the community and district levels. A PDA team comprising four District Facilitators, a Field Co-ordinator and a Community Technical Consultant supports them. (See Current Work…)


Client: Department For International Development (DFID) UK

Title: Civil Society Strengthening Facility (CSF) [www.frr.co.uk]

Date: November 2003 - September 2006

Brief Description

PDA provided the Team Leader for this pilot project which was meant to encourage greater involvement of civil society in forestry policy decisions. Working with FRR in the UK, PDA had in-country management responsibility for CSF, providing support to a Fund Administrator, which hosts the CSF Coordinator. The facility targeted grassroots organisations within three Forest Districts in Ghana – Kade, Sunyani, Asankragua - to mobilise marginalised groups to be better able to represent their interests through capacity building in advocacy, negotiation, communication and lobbying skills. It also focuses on improving accountability and transparency in the forest sector within government, industry and civil society. 


Client: CARE International Ghana

Title: Voices From The Land Project

Date: Jun 2002 - Jan 2007

Brief Description
This 6 month project which started June 2006 ended in January 2007. It has been developed to link closely to the Security in Land Tenure (SLATE) project Care International is currently implementing. The SLATE project seeks to address the underlying causes of poverty for rural land users in Ghana. It aims to influence land administration systems in favour of greater security of tenure for this group. To achieve this, the project specifically focuses on enhancing civil society voice and benefits from modified, customary or community based land administration systems and integrate its efforts into the ongoing World Bank supported Lands Administration Project.

In partnership with Care International the Voices from the Land project specifically focuses on establishing channels for the voices of poor land users to influence national policy. The focus of the work is in two regions within Ghana (Upper West and Greater Accra) and works from the community level to facilitate participatory debates amongst all land stakeholders. The issues raised from the community and district levels through dialogues and debates will be made available for advocacy at the national level, to strengthen the advocacy agenda on land. In close collaboration with the Care SLATE team, a national forum will be organised towards the end of the project, which will include other civil society organisations involved in issues related to poor land users and provide a platform to disseminate and discuss the issues identified.