Closure of the phase 1 and launch of the phase 2 on strengthening the accountability of local government in Asesewa
Anchito Foundation for Education & Self-Help (AFES) organized “Exit Forum” to mark the closure of its project entitled “Youth Empowerment and participation in governance” at Asesewa in the Eastern region, an event which also saw the launch of the phase 2 of an effort to support transparency in local governance and the decentralization process.
Within the framework of the 1st Call for proposal led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and financed by the French Embassy in Ghana, Anchito Foundation for Education & Self-Help (AFES) closed its project entitled “Youth Empowerment and participation in governance”, at Asesewa, on the 14th April 2016.
The 1st call for proposals aimed at strengthening relations between civil societies, citizens and local government, AFES won the call, and commenced the project a year ago. On Thursday, April 14, local and traditional authorities of the beneficiary Upper Manya Krobo District and committed youth of the area, participated in a ceremony entitled “Exit Forum” at the market place, Asesewa.
The objectives of the project were to:
create a platform that enables young people to use their voices to engage local authorities to become more accountable and responsive.
improve leadership qualities and abilities of Town Area Council and Unit Committee Executives through active learning approach.
facilitate and improve social service delivery systems.
The much loaded program, started with an introduction from the AFES project Manager Mutawakilu MAHAMA followed by a performance from pupils in the district. After recommendations were made by the representative of Youth Citizens Journalists (created within the project), three testimonies were also received from the project community representatives. This was followed by a keynote address by the representative of France-Ghana cooperation after which presentations were made to the members of the Local Project Advisory Committee.
The representative of the Youth Citizens Journalists also raised environmental issues as priorities for the youth in the District (waste management, sanitation, and sensitization)
The project has achieved its set of goals; to set a dialogue, a dynamic, a communal spirit and a trust between local stakeholders in this District.
AFES equally won a grant in the framework of the 2nd call for proposal. This would finance the Phase 2 of the project, which was launched at the Exit forum, for another year.
The representative of the French Embassy in Ghana, Julie Lucas (France-Ghana Cooperation) highlighted at the program that it was important for the local stakeholders to fix higher goals within this Phase 2. “The results of the Phase 1 have been appreciated by the Embassy and CDD-Ghana, and they are pleased to continue supporting this locality, that demonstrate a real enthusiasm and dynamism for the project”.
It has been suggested that the AFES works on building capacities for an automatic and a continuous consultation in the Phase 2. The local stakeholders were also advised to develop their own means toward their technical and financial autonomy for the citizens’ participation.
Citizens’ participation and good leadership of the local and traditional authorities are crucial and key to success of a sustainable local development.