Adams, William Fiabu, GNA
Accra, June 13, GNA - Mr George Osei-Bimpeh, Country Director, of SEND Ghana, has called on government to engage Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders in the formulation of national policies to achieve holistic inclusive growth.
He was of the view that, development initiatives were more effective for poverty reduction when all stakeholders, especially citizens and marginalised communities were actively involved in the planning, execution and monitoring of development programmes.
Mr Osei-Bimpeh made the call on Wednesday in Accra at a policy forum for Inclusive growth for sustainable development, organised by the Ministry of Planning and the National Development Planning Commission, supported by UNICEF.
The forum brought together participants across the sectors to discuss and share ideas on addressing poverty and inequalities and efforts on translating the Sustainable Development Goals into action.
Mr Osei-Bimpeh stated that inclusive growth also focused on a pro-poor development approach in addressing development issues that promote transparency and accountability and enhances development cooperation outcomes.
He expressed concern about the increasing rate of social and economic inequalities, adding that, growth was not being distributed fairly, hence, the need for holistic inclusive growth.
“Development fails when government neglect the needs of the very people it is designed to help. No wonder Ghana is experiencing increasing inequalities,” he added.
He posited that the formulation of public policies must promote joint efforts of government and civil societies through collective, participatory and democratic collaboration.
He urged government to give Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) mandate to monitor all government programmes and ensure the implementation of community-based monitoring and planning processes as part of the national standard system.
Mr Osei-Bimpeh said it behoves on government to promote constructive dialogues between service providers and recipients for communities to become accustomed to participating in decision-making.
He urged government to improve on the decentralisation system to ensure inclusive growth and guarantee that NGOs training communities was inculcated into budget management processes.
A speech read on behalf of Professor George Gyan-Baffour, the Minister of Planning, said government was making efforts to address the challenges of inequality in the country through the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024).
He said other efforts include the Medium-term National Development Policy Framework 2018-2021; dubbed “An Agenda for Jobs: Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunity for All”
Prof Gyan-Baffour said as part efforts to address the inequality gap, the government would accelerate the establishment of special development authorities for selected areas and also expand social and economic infrastructure and services in rural and poor urban areas.
Dr Isaac Mensa-Bonsu, Director for Planning Coordination, National Development Planning Commission, called for effective linkages between sector and district plans with the national development agenda to promote inclusive growth.
Dr Mensa-Bonsu said there was the need to strengthen data production of government programmes and effectively monitor and disseminate progress of implementation to ensure transparency and accountability.
Dr Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa, Senior Technical Adviser, Ministry of Planning expressed worry about how the country’s recreational space, were used for estate development, and urged the Town and Country Planning to be concern and act appropriately.