action voice
action voice

The workshop, which is part of the NGO’s advocacy project dubbed: “Action Voices,” is to sensitize Assembly officials, to share relevant information with citizens to promote participation and local level democracy using innovative communication technology tools.

action voice
action voice
The organisation earlier launched the project to deepen citizen’s participation in local governance within the La Nkwantanang-Madina Community.

Mr Lord Asante Fordjour, the Executive Director of AMSF, said the concept was to create an innovative communication platform for healthy engagements between citizens and the local assembly authorities.

He said it was also to remove all barriers to ensure effective participation of citizens in governance, promote responsive governance and local level democracy in Ghana.

“Action Voices operates on objectives including innovation, partnership and research,” he added.

He said the initiative was being funded by Making All Voices Count, an international initiative with a grant of £39,000, indicating that the project was being piloted at La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly for 12 months.

He said as part of the project, the Foundation would employ bulk SMS, voice blast, mobile apps, social media platforms and toll free services to connect citizens to duty bearers.

He expressed the hope that with the success of the pilot, the project would be expanded to other Assemblies to engage citizens in local governance.

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, the Board Chairman of AMSF, said the project has an exit strategy and by the end of it more partners would be sourced to continue the implementation.

He said the project would serve as an evidence based support to the Assembly members take records of challenges and those that were addressed in their communities.

He called on management of the NGO to institute mechanisms that would enable the Municipality and the Assembly members to review periodically their activities.

On why citizen’s engagement was necessary, he said it promotes democracy and involvement in good decision-making process, enhances civic consciousness and political maturity and reinforces accountability and transparency.

Dr Osae said the Local Government Service was doing a lot to transform laws that would enhance the activities and operations of the Assembly members.

“Local governance is moving to another level in the country’s democratic processes,” he added.

He, therefore, called on Assembly members to get citizens involve more in their activities.

Participants had the opportunity to witness the demonstration of the Communication feedback tracking system and the mobile application, a platform on which citizens could complain on issues for it to be addressed by Assembly members.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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