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Social accountability increases in Ho West Assembly

Dzolokpuita (V/R), Aug. 2, GNA – Communities
in the Ho West District of the Volta Region have increased participation in the
Assembly’s capital development projects and local government process under the
Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms project (GSAM) sponsored by the
USAID.

The five-year project is aimed at increasing
the availability of accessible information on Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies’ (MMDAs) capital development projects in 100 districts, and also to
strengthen Civil Society Organizations, and citizen capabilities to monitor
MMDAs development projects in 50 other districts.  

Mr Fred Hayibor, Programs Manager, Global Action
for Women Empowerment (GLOWA), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), said
district assemblies spent about 70 per cent of funds on physical projects
hence, the need for citizens to ensure they were well managed.

Mr Hayibor said this during an address at a
town hall meeting at Dzolokpuita to assess the construction of a
Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound at Tsyome Afedo,
and a slaughter house with ancillary facilities at Kpedze, all in the Ho-West
District.

He said GLOWA, since the project’s
implementation in 2015, has been building the capacities of citizens in three
districts; Ho West, Krachi East, and Nkwanta South, through a network of
Community Development Monitors who utilised an assessment tool to collect
information on the planning and implementation of capital development projects.

Mr Hayibor said the assessment tool, developed
by GSAM’s partners; CARE, ISODEC, and IBIS, produced a cumulative scorecard to
monitor projects from initiation to execution, and rated the Assemblies’
performance on a scale of 0 to 100.      

He said the GSAM project has resulted in the
furnishing and electrification of a three unit disability-friendly classroom
block in the Krachi East District, as well as the construction of a mechanized
borehole for a 12-seater water closet toilet facility at Dzolokpuita.

Mr Hayibor said capital project monitoring
kept stakeholders on their toes and expressed the hope that other districts
would learn from the project.

GNA

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