Capacity building training program for Assembly members in Koforidua
The French Embassy in Ghana financed a two day capacity building training program for Assembly members at Koforidua on Wednesday and Thursday 6th and 7th April, 2016. This is within the framework of a bilateral cooperation project the Embassy supports in the area of accountability and decentralization.
In the framework of this project, two NGOs, Anchito Foundation for Education and Self-Help (AFES) and Center for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA), have been selected to develop projects aimed at strengthening ties between citizens and local government members. AFES and CLGA have been working with the Upper Manya Krobo District and Suhum Municipal Assembly respectively in the Eastern Region. During the Phase 1 of the project, a dialogue was initiated between citizens and district assembly members. At the end of the Phase 1 of the projects, the Assembly members have expressed their desire to sustainably engage citizens in local development. They have, therefore, officially requested a capacity building for assembly members and their agents on citizen consultation methodology. The two day training program with presentations tackled specific issues in local government. The presentations were then followed by discussions, case study and work groups.
In all, 26 participants, assembly members and agents, attended the program. The Municipal Chief Executive of Suhum also attended the program. Speaking at the launch and day 1 of the program, Honorable Margaret ANSEI, expressed gratitude to CDD-Ghana for their initiatives that are meant to drive assembly members towards the path of sustainable development. She also said she believes in social accountability and citizens’ participation. According to her, “decision makers and civil servants must take responsibilities for their actions”. She also seized the opportunity to thank the Embassy of France for supporting the project.
The same program was held in Kumasi, on the 13th and 14th April, 2016, for the Assembly members and agents of the Shama District (Western Region) Afigya Kwabre District (Ashanti Region). These two Districts were also beneficiaries of the same grant agreement between CDD-Ghana and the Embassy of France.