Coordinated by Participatory Development Associates, the Mwananchi programme in Ghana seeks innovative approaches to using information and communication to improve governance systems.
This involves building connections between community, district and national decision making processes. This way legislative and policy dialogue between citizens and other stakeholders is strengthened.
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An article written by Kwesi Johnson, coordinator of Mwananchi partner organisation, Friends of the Nation, has been published on Thomson Reuter's new Sustainability platform.
Mwananchi Ghana held a capacity building workshop for partners implementing Mwananchi projects in June 2012. The event served to update partners on the activities others had been undertaking, and refresh their understanding of strategy and outcome mapping.
Mwananchi partners took the opportunity to discuss the challenges and successes they have experienced implementing their grant, and developed ideas for joint work to consolidate and sustain the outcomes of the Mwananchi programme.
Mwananchi partner organisation, SocioServe Ghana, which works with disabled and disempowered people, using drama and information to help constituents understand their rights and engage with their representatives.
In this newsletter, they revisit an older project to follow up on how the project has impacted on the Customary Land Secretariat public services. They also present their 'Get Involved Platform', part of the 'Know Your MP' project, which aims to help ensure free, fair and violence-free elections.
Mwananchi partner, Friends of the Nation (FoN), works with local communities in the coastal Western Region of Ghana, where it empowers fishing communities to participate in decision making that affects their livelihoods. FoN has become increasingly concerned by the impact of offshore oil drilling on the coastal environment and the communities who make their living there.