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STAR-Ghana

Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR-Ghana) is a voice and empowerment programme which supports civil society to achieve increased accountability and responsiveness of the state to citizens. 

STAR-Ghana is managed by a consortium led by Christian Aid, with Mango, Social Development Direct, Overseas Development Institute, Nkum Associates and On Our Radar. 

It is a £22m programme funded by UK aid, the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the European Union (EU), and runs from 2015-2020.

Key information
Location

Ghana

Timescale

2015-2020

Programme value

£22m

Consortium partners

Mango, Social Development Direct, Overseas Development Institute, Nkum Associates and On Our Radar

Funded by
UK aid
European Union
DANIDA

Our approach

STAR-Ghana’s goal is to develop a vibrant, well-informed and assertive civil society able to contribute to transformational national development and inclusive access to high quality, accountable public services for all Ghanaian citizens.   

STAR-Ghana will provide a comprehensive, coordinated and strategic push to enable citizens hold leaders to account by:

  • Convening Ghana's civil society
  • Coordinating and leading in carefully analysed and selected thematic areas where civil society is not currently able to engage
  • Connecting the dots between grassroots interventions and policy level organisations, Parliament, and by engaging the public through the media and social media. 

These actions will be backed up by facilitating partnerships and grant funding. 

The Christian Aid-led consortium is committed to a transformational vision for STAR-Ghana, in which it seeks to establish itself as a Ghanaian-owned and led entity with a central role in mobilising active citizens and civil society around accountability.   

The programme has a six month inception phase (October 2015-March 2016) which will inform the programme design and implementation. A political economy analysis is underway to identify key power relations at work and the political context. 

In March 2016, STAR-Ghana made 31 awards worth £556,674 to media organisations and CSOs working to promote peaceful, credible, issues-based and inclusive elections in the 2016 Ghana Presidential and Parliamentary elections. 

'Christian Aid leads a dynamic consortium that brings together a range of expertise and a shared commitment to see inclusive and lasting change in Ghana. For this change to be truly transformational, it must be built on strong foundations of good governance, an accountable state, active citizenry and women’s empowerment. We are delighted to be part of the STAR-Ghana story as we work in partnership with others towards this goal.'
Joyce Ashun
Christian Aid Ghana Country Manager
Related work and experience

Location: No 12, Obenesu Crescent, East Cantonments, Accra-Ghana
Postal address: CT DTD 13, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana

Telephone:
+233 (302) 774488
+233 (307) 012404

Email address: info@star-ghana.org