Role of Non-Governmental Organisations/Civil Society and International Organisations
Non-governmental Organisations and Civil Society plays very important roles in the socio-economic development of the Techiman Municipality. Participation by these stakeholders is manifest at the levels of information sharing, consultation, collaboration, partnership and empowerment.
To ensure ownership of the Assembly’s development agenda it is necessary that avenues be created for stakeholders and other interested parties with contributions to get involved in the whole process. This is the effective way to generate true sustainability and public support for the development process.
The Municipal Assembly has therefore instituted channels for consultations with stakeholders at the Municipal, Area Council and Community levels. These include public for a, information dissemination, Questions and Answers for a, Town Council meetings and public education. These involve the information Service Department and the National Commission for Civic Education as well as the Civil Society Organisations.
A number of initiatives have been undertaken to promote participation of other stakeholders especially NGOs, CBOs CUs as well as the private sector in the development process of the Municipality. These initiatives include;Government Accountability Improves Trust I (GAIT I)
This program sought to promote good governance by strengthening the capacity of local Civil Society Organisations to advocate for greater to information, decision making, improved services and resources. It has empowered the umbrella Civil Society Organisation, Techiman Civic Union to demand greater accountability and transparency from the Assembly regular interaction between Civil Society and the Assembly has been facilitated through public for a, Town Council Meetings, Service Providers Question and Answer Sessions, Budget hearings as well as information sharing and dialogue sessions. The programme was sponsored by CLUSA/USAID and implemented by the GAIT project. GAIT II/EQUALL Project
The GAIT/EQUALL project started in August 2004 under the USAID. The main objective is – strengthening democratic and decentralisatised governance through civic involvement and increased community advocacy for quality education. The main principles of the project are that;
GAIT II therefore focused on three main objectives;
- Democratic governance grows strongest from the base
- Citizens participation must result in tangible benefits to the people
- Good governance is about improving peoples lives
- Government cannot do it alone in thriving democratic communities, citizens and government work together to make decisions and act on those decisions effectively and accountably
Techiman Civic Union
- Strengthening District Assembly Capacity for Democratic Governance
- Improved Sectoral Advocacy
- Increased Community Advocacy for and contribution to Quality Education.
The Techiman civic Union is the umbrella Association of civil society organisations in the Techiman Municipality. It has Ninety-five (95) CSO’s with a total membership of 10,905 (71% female). The man objective of the association is to;
- Improve collaboration between member civil society organisations and the Assembly in order to improve CSO’s participation in local governance.
The Association has played an important role in promoting regular interaction among members of CSO’s and the Municipal Assembly in order to minimise mistrust, apathy and high expectations on the part the citizenry. It has also collaborated with the Assembly for improved revenue mobilisation and utilisation for improved service delivery through Fee-Fixing Exercises, Budget Hearing and Planning Fora.Friends of Trees and River Bodies
This is an environmental NGO whose objective include combating environmental degradation through livelihood projects and biological diversity towards socio-economic development.
The organisation has collaborated with the Forestry Services Division, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, National Disaster Management Programme, the Government Plantation Development Programme and the Techiman Municipal Assembly among others on a number of programmes. These include;
- Planting of 15,000 tree seedlings alongside River Tano and its environs to protect in from drying.
Formation of 45 schools and 10 neighbourhood environmental clubs for environmental sensitization and clean up campaigns.
In collaboration with Ghana Education Service, EPA, and Evergreen Clubs of Ghana, 5,000 ornamental plants and flowers were distributed to selected schools for school compound beautification. It has also undertaken landscaping and community compound beautification programmes.. District Food Security Network
This is a network of NGO’s/CSO’s, Private Sector and Public institutions working to achieve not just food availability but also food safety. Key stakeholders in the network include the following;
- Aborno Organic Farming Project(ABOFAP)
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency(ADRA)
- ENAM Project
- HEIFER International
- DIRAM Company Limited
- BEMPA Mushroom Complex
- Agro Chemical Sellers Association
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture/Techiman Municipal Assembly
The network promotes selected food security crops in the event of a food crisis, these include Mango, Coconut, Oranges, Avocado, Pawpaw among others.FASE Project
This project which is being sponsored by CARE International is implemented by Abrono Organic farming Project (ABOFAP) at Forikrom and surrounding communities, Techiman. The project promotes farmer to farmer-extension services through Community Based Extension Agents (CBEA’s). It also promotes organic farming and eco-tourism.. GTZ/RUTIPP
The RUTIPP project is executed by Ministry of Trade and Industry and MLGRD with project support by the German Technical Co-operation. The overall objective is to ensure that micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in rural districts in Ghana expand their business activity and improve their income. The main target group include;
- Staff and Enterprenuers (including business set-ups of formal and informal MSME’s in the non-agricultural sector(trade, artisans, agro-processing industries, crafts, service industry)
- All institutions involved in Local Economic Development in the Municipality.
The projects main support strategy was promotion of an enabling environment for entrepreneurs in the Municipality through;
- Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage (PACA)
- Improving access of rural entreprenuers to Business Development Services
Adventist Development and Relief agency (ADRA)
- Promotion of Local Economic Development (LED)
ADRA’s Food Security Program sought to improve food security for resource poor farmers in the Municipality. The program uses an integrated approach to address the problems of food availability, access and utilisation.
Within the Techiman operational area 500 old clients and 580 new clients were assisted within 27 communities. The preventive health education component of the program also covered 26 communities and involved 19 basic schools. Activities undertaken included;
- Improved agricultural production and natural resource conservation
Specific achievements include;
- Improved health and nutrition
- Distribution of inputs and loan/recovery to 580 farmers
- Promotion of agro-forestry among 580 farmers
- Provision of support for improved cribs to reduce post harvest loses
- Capacity building of 2,500 farmers on improved management practices in crop and trees cultivation as well as preventive health education
- Promotion of amenity and watershed afforestation in 15 communities
- Supply of cashew processing equipments to 73 farmers
- Training workshops for school health teachers in 19 schools
- Construction of 95 VIP toilets
- Construction of 2 HDW and 2 Boreholes.