Care International in collaboration with Oxfam Ghana and the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) has organised a two-day forum to educate Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and District Assemblies on the effective use of social media platforms.
The two day event which took place in the capital of the Brong Ahafo Region, Sunyani brought together 50 officials from the District Assemblies was under the auspices of the Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms project (GSAM).
GSAM provided the opportunity for the CSOs and District Assemblies to share experiences on the use of social media platforms for citizen-local government dialogue on capital projects and also share insights on how CSOs and District Assemblies can improve on the use of social media platforms to share information on capital projects and enable citizens to voice out their concerns and experiences on capital projects in their districts.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the chief of party of the project Mr. Clement Tandoh stated that the motive for this project is to bring the people to understand the processes that District Assemblies undertake to provide what they want.
He further explained that, they are using various means to address those issues and the use of Social Media has become necessary because social media is the easiest and cheapest means to get information across.
He stated that, “If people get to understand the process of the Assemblies, then the thinking whether positive or negative would be based on reality and the friendliness we want them to have with their District Assemblies would be there, so social media has become very necessary in the efforts of GSAM to actually improve decentralization and local governance in this country”.
The GSAM is a five year project (2014-2019) that seeks to strengthen citizen’s oversight of capital projects to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance in 100 districts of Ghana.
The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by a consortium of three organizations; CARE International, Oxfam Ghana and the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) together with the Ghana Audit Service and 27 other civil organizations.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Richard Owusu