The second phase of the Strengthening, Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR-GHANA) program has been launched by the organization and parliament.
This is a multi-donor funded program that is directed at addressing the need to increase civil society and parliamentary influence in Ghana so as to foster better governance of public goods and services.
The STAR-GHANA Programme which had it first phase undertaken from 2012-2015, achieved significant results and saw provision of technical and grants support to target grantees of parliament, an initiative that strengthened Parliament’s capacity to effectively fulfil its legislative roles and contribute adequately to the deepening and consolidation of democratic governance in Ghana.
On Monday 5th June 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both parties to affirm the commencement of the second phase of this project.
This phase of the programme, which will run until 2020, places a greater focus on achieving strategic and systematic level impacts. It lays emphasis on creation, utilization and institutionalizing of spaces for the collective civil society engagement.
This they expect, will increase the accountability and responsiveness of the executive and key state institutions at both local and national levels of citizenry. Parliament and STAR-GHANA have therefore agreed on a two-year framework that will help them achieve the above.
This framework will focus on support to targeted units of parliament.
These are the Leadership of the House, selected oversight committees and the parliamentary service.
It is expected that the second phase of this collaboration will further enhances the effectiveness of parliament to discharge its constitutional mandate and contribute in the long run, to the deepening and consolidation of democratic governance in Ghana.
The second phase of STAR-GHANA and Parliament’s partnership is funded by UK-AID, DANIDA, The European Union and managed by Christian-Aid, UK.