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SEND-Ghana: experiences from giving Ghana’s government a place in the driver’s seat of our social accountability project

Harriet Nuamah Agyemang, SEND Ghana

Publisher: GPSA

December 2018

In the past two or more decades in Ghana, the perception among citizens that government was insensitive to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), particularly Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), in opening up spaces for engagement in governance was strong and continue to persist. On the other hand, CSOs/NGOs were seen as antagonistic in their approach to dealing with government and, even if they did engage, they were often oblivious of government processes and when and how to engage to make the expected impact.

In this note, SEND-Ghana, an NGO with over a decade long experience working with both local and national government, shares lessons learned on how they manage to be proactive in thinking and engaging rather than being reactive, how involvement in every stage of government cycle is key, and, more importantly, the benefits of allowing government into the NGO space to understand its work through the provision of guidance and technical backstopping when needed.

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