General News of Monday, 3 December 2018
Source: Francis Tawiah
International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) working in Ghana have strongly endorsed the newly established STAR Ghana Foundation in its quest to promote active citizenship.
The Foundation met with representatives from World Vision, WaterAid, Oxfam, Compassion International and many others to introduce them to its new vision and discuss how INGOs can further promote civil society work in Ghana.
The STAR Ghana Foundation will explore funding opportunities from Ghanaian philanthropy and the private sector to support the work of civil society organisations across the country and to aid development.
During a session themed The bridging role of the Foundation: sustainability and impact of the civil society sector in a beyond aid Ghana, the INGOs said the potential to collaborate with the Foundation to achieve results has no limits.
Chairperson of the INGO Forum Mohammed Nash added: ‘The scope of collaboration between STAR Ghana Foundation and INGOs is huge, hence there must be continuous dialogue and consistent commitment to partnership.
‘The Foundation can collaborate with INGOs to put issues on the global advocacy agenda and to do joint advocacy locally with government on state support to civil society.’
Civil society organisations are facing crisis and INGOs are contracting therefore it is important for funds to be used well so funders continue putting money into CSO work, Mr Nash explained.
Adelaide Addo Fening, of Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth, said: ‘Ghana beyond aid is an opportunity more than a threat. The opportunity is for those who are prepared to act together to catalyse collective action and local resources, hence the emergence of STAR Ghana Foundation is very timely.
INGOs must see the Foundation as their preferred bid partner and think of ways to grow voluntary efforts and local fundraising from citizens in the various communities, she added.
Amidu Ibrahim-Tanko, programmes director of STAR Ghana Foundation said: ‘CSOs must work together to reduce suspicion, build common ground and trust with government, be solution-oriented and be less adversarial.’
‘The localisation of INGOs is fine, but we should not lose our connections to global advocacy work, make better use of local resources, and rethink our bureaucracies.’
STAR Ghana Foundation will apply all the best practices from previous programmes like RAVI, G-RAP, and STAR-Ghana phase 1 to achieve better and realistic results.
Ibrahim Tanko Amidu(l), Mohammed Nash(m) and Adelaide Addo Fening(r)