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Consortium For Development Set Up in Bawku West

2007-05-24 20:56:52
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As part of efforts to ensure a balanced development in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region, the District has established a consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the various Departments of the District to facilitate effective coordination and collaboration amongst these key development players.

Briefing The Chronicle in an interview, Mr. Abdulai Abubakar, the Coordinating Director of Bawku West District Assembly disclosed that the consortium was one of the initiatives that emanated from the collaborative programmes the Assembly organised with Actionaid-Ghana in 2003.

The objective, he said, was to bring together all NGOs, CBOs and the various departments in the District so that there could be an integrated and coordinated development.

Mr. Abubakar noted that the NGOs and CBOs were the key development partners, indicating that their interventions were geared towards reducing poverty, which remains the prime goal of the District.

He however explained that whichever area the NGOs and CBOs operate in, there is a department that has statutory mandate to oversee that particular sector.

Stressing the importance of the consortium, the DCD stated that the NGOs and CBOs would certainly pull out at a particular time but whatever interventions they start, have to be continued by the sector departments, therefore there was the need for a platform where the collaboration between the departments and NGOs could be strengthened.

He indicated that there had been so many interventions throughout the District, yet poverty level was very high and attributed the situation to lack of coordination and collaboration, which usually leads to duplication of efforts and resources.

Mr. Abubakar said the District was fortunate to have Ibis-Ghana realize that the Assembly and Actionaid-Ghana's collaborative activities were in line with its operations. Ibis-Ghana therefore accepted to also collaborate with the Assembly to push forward that common agenda when Action aid pulled out from the District.

At a workshop to draft a constitution for the consortium, the Bawku West District Chief Executive, Mr. Moses Abaare Appiah appealed to the members to take the consortium's work seriously and tasked them to ensure that there was a disciplinary code in the constitution that would regulate members' conduct.

The Desk Officer of the consortium, Mr. Ahmed Tahiru Issahaku said the Assembly would do everything to see the consortium survive and as a result all of them had committed themselves to the consortium to facilitate information sharing among NGOs and support base for the CBOs.

He added that the consortium would ensure balanced development and effective utilization of resources to avoid or minimise duplication and double funding.

The consortium, he said, would also help the District Assembly to establish a data bank that could always provide basic information to government, new NGOs and other organizations to help them take simple decisions and formulate policies.

Mr. Issahaku mentioned funding as one of the major constraints of the consortium and urged NGOs within and outside the District that have the mandate to assist in funding the activities of the consortium to help in that direction to facilitate the process. He commended Ibis-Ghana for its financial support to the consortium.


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