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Making the Budget Work for Ghana

Linnea Mills

Publisher: GPSA

October 2019

Final Evaluation of the GPSA/SEND-Ghana project


This is an evaluation of the GPSA funded Making the Budget Work for Ghana Project. The Project was implemented by SEND-Ghana, a specialized CSO in budget analysis and advocacy, in 30 districts in Ghana between 2014 and 2018. The overall objective of the Project was to improve access and quality of services in the health and education sector in the 30 districts by strengthening accountability and transparency in the budget process.


This evaluation focuses on assessing the extent to which the Project has contributed to its intended outcomes. The findings show that the Project contributed to a considerable increase in citizen budget awareness and participation. There is also evidence of a great number of citizens’ priorities having been incorporated into the national budget. Finally, there is evidence of perceived improvements in health and education service provisions but this was not supported through a more rigorous quantitative analysis. Following on from this analysis, the subsequent assessment of the Project outcomes focuses on its collaborative approach to social accountability, particularly the formal collaboration with government that took place through a memorandum of understanding and a Project Steering Committee.

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