The Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project was designed with the overall goal of strengthen citizens’ oversight on Capital Development Projects in order to improve local government transparency, accountability and performance. Specifically, it works to enable the active monitoring and participation of citizens in two capital projects per year within each district it is implemented. The framework is as follows:
Information + Social Accountability = Improved Local Governance
- Increase availability and access information on MMDAs capital projects in 100 districts.
- Strengthen CSOs and citizen capacity in monitoring MMDAs development projects in 50 districts.
- Facilitate the use of citizen generated information on MMDAs capital projects in 50 districts.
GSAM is a 5 year project (2015-2020) designed in consortium of IBIS Ghana, Care International, ISODEC and Civil Service Organizations (CSO’s). It has been implemented by CSOs in ten districts throughout Ghana’s Northern Region. NORSAAC was selected to implement the project in the following 4 ; Karaga, Zabzugu, Tatali/Sanguili and Gushegu.
As of October 2015, Steering Committees have been formed in each participating district. These seven member committees will be responsible for implementing and overseeing activities in their area for the duration of the project.
The project has been designed to breach gaps in distance through its E-Platform and also dissemination of information through locally accessible means.
GSAM is funded by USAID through CARE International