This study explores the context problems and short comings of implementing EU

This study explores the context problems and short

This preview shows page 4 - 6 out of 24 pages.

This study explores the context, problems and short comings of implementing EU decentralised cooperation in Ghana. It traces the evolution of the current decentralisation process in Ghana as a response to the economic crisis that emerged from inappropriate top-down approaches to development. As a result, the current decentralisation process is struggling to deal with issues of popular participation in administration and local level development and of accountability and transparency in district management. It shows that decentralisation in Ghana has been fragile and hampered by lack of technical and planning capacities and finances. However, new strategic alliances between local government actors and non-State sector actors are emerging out of these constraints, which focus on developing capacity building linkages to empower community development and local governance. The final section identifies operational ways in which decentralised cooperation can help to build upon these potentials and develop a stronger articulation with decentralisation.
Image of page 4
4 Decentralised Cooperation and European Commission Programmes in Ghana Decentralised cooperation (DC) has been launched in Ghana as a two-year pilot programme with a budget of Ecu 1.5 million of which 1.3 million is to be disbursed to small projects. Formulation of the Decentralised Cooperation Programme (DCP) programme in Ghana was initiated in 1994 with a series of workshops driven by consultants. These workshops aimed to examine community, district and central government linkages; develop a shared understanding of the government’s decentralisation strategy; and look at opportunities and constraints for developing community-based projects in line with the objectives of decentralised cooperation. These workshops were designed by an external consultant with little experience of Ghana and they did not involve some key central government institutions and a fair representation of the NGO community. It was intended that the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) would disseminate the concept of decentralised cooperation between District Assemblies and communities. However, NALAG was unable to achieve this objective due to lack of capacity and inadequate resource. In 1995, at the request of the Ministry of Finance and the EU delegation in Ghana, a consultant was requested to review the potential for a programme based on decentralised cooperation in Ghana and to design an operational framework for launching a collaborative programme. The consultant recommended the creation of a DCP Secretariat under an Executive Board to provide support services to beneficiaries. Selection and procedural criteria were recommended for supporting decentralised agencies and monitoring and evaluation criteria. These recommendations were not implemented, partly due to the perceived costs associated with the secretariat.
Image of page 5
Image of page 6

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 24 pages?

  • Fall '19

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes