Excellent reviews for 27 million civil society and governance program contentA civil society funding program in Ghana was awarded high marks this month for its progress in helping to increase government responsiveness to citizens' needs.

The program, STAR-Ghana (Strengthening Transparency, Accountability, and Responsiveness in Ghana), is providing £22 million in grants to civil society in a variety of sectors, from health and justice to governance and energy. It has been particularly successful in helping support fair, free and peaceful elections in 2012 and improving access to and quality of basic education.

In DFID’s latest review of the program, STAR-Ghana earned an overall ‘A+' rating. Individual ratings for achieving its various objectives – strengthening dialogue, engagement, accountability and transparency—ranged from ‘A’ to ‘A++,’ meaning that STAR-Ghana successfully met or exceeded all its own expectations and DFID’s standards.

Also this month, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), a body scrutinizing UK aid spending, published a report on DFID’s empowerment and accountability programming in Ghana and Malawi. The overall rating for the programs, including STAR-Ghana, was Green-Amber, the second-highest rating possible (the highest mark, ‘Green,’ is extremely rare). STAR-Ghana was commended for empowering citizens, enhancing government-public engagement and establishing long-term effective solutions.

STAR-Ghana is funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID. Coffey and its partners have been managing the program since 2010.

Photo: STAR-Ghana Team