Donor Projects and Non Governmental Organizations
There are a number of donor assisted projects that contribute to the poverty reduction process of the district. The European Union 5th Micro Project which helps in community initiated projects is in its second year in the district. It specifically helps in the construction of clinics, schools, sanitation facilities and market stall. As mentioned earlier, the CIDA a funded water and sanitation project is expected to provide 98 boreholes and 10 hand-dug well to communities in the district.
The Village Infrastructure Project (VIP) was started in 1998. The project is aimed at improving the standard of living of the rural people through the provision of technical and financial resources and the development and sustenance of basic rural level infrastructure, such as rural water infrastructure (borehole, dams etc.), rural transport infrastructure (roads culverts and intermediate means of transport), post harvest infrastructure (strorage, fertilizers processing equipment) and capacity building and institutional strengthening.
Through the VIP, the Gushegu market started during the ASSIP era, has been completed. One new market has also been approved for construction in Karaga. Seven farming groups have also benefited from intermediate means of transport, power tillers, while five other groups (mainly women) have also benefited through the provision of food processors (grinding mill).
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) a component of the UNDP/Ghana Poverty Reduction Program has also begun in the district. The first phase of the project will be from 2002 to 2004. The fund will specifically support the construction of health clinics, market stalls, dams and the supply of agricultural implements and inputs. It also has a credit support component to farmers. Two farming groups have already benefited from the project with power tillers.
Although some strides have been made in the decentralization process, there are still problems the Assemblies face. Not withstanding, the district has potentials to strengthen the organizational and institutional structures to function effectively. Indeed the coordinating function of the district in relation to development actors in the district is gaining strength with the institutionalization of a Round Table Conference for discussion among stakeholders.
An area that has been added to support the district in mobilization and animation of communities is the Mobilization Sector. This has become necessary as a result of the fact that community participation in development had become paramount in the decentralization program. An integrated group that teams up with all the extension departments of the assembly has been established to take issues of mobilization and animation of the communities for district development.