The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in partnership with the Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment- Ghana (RISE-Ghana), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has
organised a Town Hall Meeting at the Kasena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region aimed at promoting equitable and sustainable participatory development in the area .
Funded by the Open Society for Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the project is being implemented in 20 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Although Ghana’s new Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936) seeks to promote equitable and sustainable participatory development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of the MMDAs are unable to hold the required mandatory meetings such as Town Hall Meeting to engage their citizens.
Speaking at the meeting, the District Coordinating Director of the Kasena Nankana West,
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“The staff of Assembly
He expressed the view that the Town Hall Meeting is the only way the assembly will be able to measure the services it provides and also improve on its activities.
The Project Manager of Rise-Ghana,
According to him, when citizens are actively engaged in the local governance process, it would enable them to hold duty bearers to account, hence improving the service delivery and the wellbeing of the people in the district.
Madam Theresa, a seamstress who took part in the Town Hall Meeting said expressed the hope that the assembly would continue to engage the citizens on what they do regularly.
This is the first time that we have all departmental heads come to us to tell us what they do and also hear from us our challenges and how we can together improve the developmental process of the district, she said.
An assembly member,