Despite significant progress in reducing poverty and consolidating democracy, Ghana is experiencing deepening inequality and is struggling to lower maternal mortality rates, reduce gender inequality, and improve environmental sustainability. Recent oil and gas discoveries offer potential for growth but also pose a danger of rising social exclusion.
One obstacle to overcoming these challenges has been a lack of accountability and responsiveness on the part of decision-makers – primarily the government, traditional authorities and the private sector – to the people of Ghana. This is partly due to power relations that result in incentives to maintain the status quo and prevent poor and disadvantaged groups from accessing the benefits of development.
Coffey and its partners are running the Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR-Ghana) program, which is working to strengthen civil society and parliamentary influence over the governance of public goods and the delivery of services. STAR-Ghana provides £27 million in grants and technical assistance to civil society, Parliament, and the media, including funding to promote sustainability after the program has finished.
Watch a video about the program.
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