Star Ghana Foundation holds first AGM

Lydia Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Feb. 28, GNA –
The Star Ghana Foundation has committed an amount of over GH¢5,170,400.00
towards ensuring that the 2020 elections is credible and peaceful.

The amount is
supporting actions and programmes of some 26 civil society organisations (CSOs)
and national think tanks, which would be implemented to help attain an
inclusive and peaceful election and smooth transition too.

Presenting the 2019
annual report at the first ever Annual General Meeting of the Foundation, Mr
Amidu Ibrahim-Tanko, its Executive Director, said the Foundation has over the
past one year, built upon the work started by the STAR-Ghana programme around
convening catalyzing citizens’ actions on key local and national issues.

Also, various
convening’s were organized in partnership with CSOs and Parliament around key
issues such as youth, unemployment, education, and health and involving over
five million citizens.

He explained that
the Foundation inherited 78 projects initiated by the Star-Ghana Programme
under its various calls, while the Governing Council and its committees have
provided strategic oversight in the implementation of these projects and
ensuring that they contributed to the achievement of the programme and
Foundation’s goal and purposes.

Mr Ibrahim-Tanko
said over GH¢17, 913,000.00 had been raised, through a grant from Christian
Aid, to support citizen’s actions towards increased accountability and
responsiveness of government at all levels to citizens’ issues and needs.

He said the work of
the Star Ghana Programme, which was mainly a donor funded programme, by the
European Union, Danida and DFID for over the past 10 years, involved providing
funds for institutions to run development activities and would be finally
ending in September this year.

The Foundation,
which is a Ghanaian organisation, would therefore, continue to operate and
implement programmes in the areas of advocacy and social inclusion in support
of development at the community and national levels, Mr Ibrahim-Tanko

Meanwhile, the
Foundation is in the process of finalising eight funding proposals for onward
submission to international foundations and donor agencies to support the Star
Foundation’s work.

Mr Ibrahim-Tanko
said the Foundation’s first tranche of funds was disbursed in January this year
and would go into the mobilization of community members to educate them on how
to influence political party manifestos, and other activities. 

Dr Charles Abugre,
Vice Chair, Star Ghana Foundation, on behalf of Mrs Esther Ofei-Aboagye, the
Chair of the Foundation, welcomed all stakeholders who attended the AGM
including the Governing members and Subscribers from all over the country.

He said the
Foundation was launched in November 2018 as a centre for active citizenship and
inclusive development.

“It was envisaged as
a self-sustaining civil society support mechanism that would be embedded within
Ghanaian civil society and with the leverage to facilitate a coordinated civil
society action.

Such a facility had
been identified as a critical requirement for enhancing civil society
effectiveness particularly in a Ghana “Beyond Aid”, Dr Abugre said.   

He said over the
past year, the Governing Council had worked to ensure a smooth transition from
the Star Ghana Programme to the Foundation through the work of the various Committees
of the Council, supported by the Secretariat.

As a result of the
Committees’ efforts, a number of important products including the Foundation’s
manuals for Finance Management, Grants management and Human resources
management had been generated.

The Foundation have
also developed a financing and Fundraising Strategy as well as a Gender and
Social inclusion Strategy, among others.

“The First Year has
been a demanding year, combining the challenges of a new organization with
imperatives of national development, But it has also been a year of renewed
energy in our determination to work more effectively, along with our partners
to enhance the cause of active citizenship in this country”, Dr Abugre said.