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CSOs in Northern Ghana equipped to better manage projects

CSOs in Northern Ghana equipped to better manage projects

Accra, Ghana – 19 civil society organisations (CSOs) from the three northern regions of Ghana have benefitted from a two day training on Strategic Project Planning organized by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). The training was organized to enable participants to improve the strategic, operational and monitoring and evaluation plans submitted with their Expression of Interests for the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) funding. This training is the second provided by WACSI to beneficiaries of the CSSP funding. It took place from February 25 – 26, 2013 in Tamale.  (Photo: Participants in a group exercise during the training)

The CSSP is an initiative launched in 2010 by German Development Coorperation (GIZ) and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD). The objective of the initiative in 2013 is to support local organisations with funds of up to 14,000 GHS to carry out projects in the areas of peace building and local governance participation. This is to enable them to promote accountability, the protection of human rights and the promotion of social justice at community levels in Ghana.

The goal of the training was to strengthen the capacities of beneficiary organisations on project planning, and to support them to develop a profound project plan for their organisations. The training sought to improve the project planning skills of participating representatives of CSOs who would lead in strengthening the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of their organisations.

“I have learnt how to use the problem and objective trees to improve on writing proposals for my organisation” stated Chief Abdulai Idrisu Zakaria, Executive Director of Campaign for Balanced Education and Development (CAMBED), Ghana, at the end of the training.

Chief Zakaria explained that this training has enhanced his ability to use a stakeholders analysis framework to determine project activities. He expressed much satisfaction with the content and practical methods used to deliver the training because these have enabled him to understand how to develop a logical framework and a comprehensive budget for project proposals; some practical challenges he had prior to the training.

According to Ms. Theodora Anti, Programme Officer of the Foundation for Security and Development in Affrica (FOSDA), the facilitator, Mr. Daniel Andoh of Cicada Consult made the training very practical and interactive. She pointed out that the training has strengthened her fund raising skills.

This training forms part of technical support given by the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) to potential beneficiary organisations of the CSSP initiative.

WACSI has gained credibility in strengthening the skills of CSOs in West African countries working to promote social justice, accountability, rule of law, democracy, development and good governance in West Africa. In 2012, WACSI organised 33 trainings that benefited 809 civil society practitioners working across West Africa. For more information, visit www.wacsi.org

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