The Ghana's Strengthening Accountability Mechanism (GSAM) project, which is expected to strengthen accountability at both the district and community levels in Ghana, has been launched in Ho.



The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project also seeks to strengthen citizens to exercise oversight responsibilities in capital development projects to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance.


The project is estimated at US$10 million and is being implemented in 100 selected districts across the 10 regions of Ghana within a five year period.


Ten districts in Volta Region — Biakoye, South Dayi, Krachi West, Central Tongu, Krachi Nchumuru, North Tongu, and North Dayi, South Tongu, Nkwanta South, Agotime Ziope, Krachi East, Adaklu and Ho West— would benefit under the project.


Speaking at the launch, the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, identified citizens’ participation in the design, implementation and monitoring of service delivery as a way of dispelling negative perceptions that citizens have about government’s activities.


Mad. NNtoso was optimistic that the project would contribute to deepening decentralization and urged the Districts Assemblies and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to be transparent and accountable in their work.


Mr Tijani Hamza, Country Director of IBIS, the implementing agency for the project, expressed gratitude to the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council for making available an office accommodation for the project team.


Mr Hamza gave the assurance that IBIS was poised to execute its mandate and appealed to all stakeholders to do their bit to ensure that the objective of the project is achieved.


The Chief Party for GSAM, Mr. Clement Nana Tandoh, said the project would be carried out under two components.


Mr Tandoh said the Component I would last for a period of one year and would involve the dissemination of results of performance audits carried out by the Ghana Audit Service on capital projects of the District Assemblies while Component II would see the implementation of social accountability activities in the fifty districts for a duration of five years..


National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the National Association of Local Authorities are some of the key implementing bodies.


Source: ISD (Yvonne Harlley-Kanyi)


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