IDEG educates citizens on MMDAs budgeting and action planning processes

Gideon D. Ebbah, GNA                             

Effiduase (Ash), Oct
15, GNA – The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) has held a day’s
stakeholders’ forum to sensitize members of 20 selected communities in the
Sekyere East District, on budgeting and action planning processes of
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

Held at Effiduase,
the District capital, the event was aimed at enlightening and creating a
platform for a broader stakeholder and public discussions on the subject matter
and how community members could influence decisions to factor priority
community needs into the overall local government budget to foster a sustained
socio-economic development.

The other aim was to
empower the community members on action planning and assess the performance of
the Governance Issues Forum Network (GIFNeT) – instituted in the communities by
IDEG to help ensure participatory monitoring of social projects being
implemented by the Sekyere East District Assembly.

Sixty participants
selected from 20 cocoa life communities in the District namely; Nkwankwanua,
Ntunkumso, Naama, Senchi, Mahiniso, Daakoho, among others, attended the forum.

It is receiving
funding from the Mondelez International Cocoa Life (MICL) Program in Ghana
which is an integral part of IDEG’s focus to empower members of cocoa growing
communities to be able to engage and shape the development of their

Mr. Ewald Quaye
Garr, Acting Programme Lead for Civic Empowerment for Community Action (CECA)
at IDEG, speaking at the forum said the initiative was to help strengthen the
local governance processes in the country and deepen as well as expand its
impact on the local people.

“It is also to help
promote and strengthen mutual cooperation and understanding among community
members and their local assemblies as a means of curbing misunderstanding,
mistrust and conflicts, especially during fees, levies fixing and revenue
collection,” he said.

Mr. Garr said the
initiative was being replicated in all the 15 cocoa life districts across the
country which included Ahafo Ano South East and West, Awutu Senya, Bia West,
Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai, Abetifi North and South, Tano North and South and
Sekyere East districts, among others.

“We wish to expand
the project to all communities in the district and all districts across the
country but we are challenged with financial constraints and we therefore
welcome any donors and development partners’ support of any kind,” he noted.

Mr Douglas Kwesi
Anyatewen, the Sekyere East District Budget Officer, enlightened the
participants on the MMDAs budgeting process, what it means and entails in the
composite budget of the Assembly, action plans and medium-term plans of the

He urged the
community members to get involved in the forums and stakeholders’ meetings
organized in their respective communities by the MMDAs, adding that it was at
these meetings that needs of the people were gathered and prioritized for
action plans by the MMDAs.

Mr Aikens Harvery,
GIFNeT Chairman for the Sekyere East District, commended IDEG for the
initiative, adding that the forum had deepened their knowledge on MMDAs action
planning and budgeting processes.

He called for
continuous professional cooperation of the MMDAs with their community members
to help promote and sustain participatory and inclusive local governance.




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