Tamale, May 30, GNA – Mr Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, Programmes Manager of Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR-Ghana), has said that projects by non-governmental (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) cannot be substitutes for what local government institutions should do.
Mr Amidu said this at a STAR-Ghana Media Encounter in Tamale on Friday to update journalists in the Northern Region about the operations of STAR-Ghana in relation to media support and development in the country.
The Media Encounter brought together journalists and selected STAR-Ghana grant partners in the region to interact in an informal atmosphere on national development issues, including those affecting the strengthening of civil society in northern Ghana.
Mr Amidu said there was the need for effective collaboration between local government institutions and NGOs and CSOs to undertake sustainable development projects in the communities to benefit the people.
He said projects of NGOs and CSOs must be considered complimentary only.
Mr Amidu said there was the need for NGOs to collaborate to avoid the rivalries and duplication of projects in communities to ensure maximum impact.
He said NGOs and CSOs need to improve their accountability not only to their donors but also to their project communities to avoid the mistrust and tension that sometimes erupted between the NGOs and their project communities.
He said there was the need to support the media to play their roles as active participants in the country’s development efforts, saying STAR-Ghana would increase its support for the media in the next phase of its programme.
Mr Abdul-Majeed Yakubu, Vice Chairman of the Northern Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists’ Association, called for more collaboration between the media and STAR-Ghana, to empower journalists to independently track activities being undertaken by NGOs and CSOs.
STAR-Ghana is a multi-donor pooled funding organisation supported by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID, to increase the influence of civil society organizations and Parliament in the governance of public goods and services.