Every year under the Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms Project (GSAM), 2 capital projects are selected for monitoring to ensure citizens participation, quality service delivery and enhance transparency and accountability.
In 2019, young men and women across the Municipality were selected and trained to support monitoring of capital projects undertaken by the municipal assembly. This exercise is also to instill the sense of ownership and community participation among citizens and also augment the roles played by the assembly and UCSOND in projects and site visitations.
These individuals were taken through the District Assembly Planning and Budgeting processes and Project Execution and how they could use modern technologies to report progress and defects on projects in their communities.
The training of Network for Community Development Monitors happened in Ahanta West municipality and was conducted with support from the Municipal Planning Officer, the Municipal Budget Analysts, and Quantity Surveyor from the Works department.
UCSOND’s Project Officer, Mr. Ransford Eric Nyamson also took the participants through the GSAM project concept and use of ICTs to monitor capital projects and how to engage local government authorities in development discourse to ensure value for money.
At Ahanta West Municipal Assembly (AWMA), the total number of participants was 34 consisting of 26 males and 8 females were trained for the task. At the end of the training, Community Monitors were equipped to:
- Engage fellow community members on District Assembly responsibilities in implementing capital projects.
- Use camera and cell phone and other technologies for information gathering on capital projects.
- Engage duty bearers to demand for transparency and accountability and report findings from their monitoring activities
- Engage contractors as part of their role in monitoring capital development projects.