Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR-Ghana) has a vision to see an active and engaged civil society capable of articulating citizens’ demands and an effective state that is responsive and accountable to its citizens. STAR-Ghana’s goal is to develop a vibrant, well-informed and assertive civil society able to contribute to transformational national development and inclusive access to high quality, accountable public services for all Ghanaian citizens.
The £22m programme is funded by UK Aid, DANIDA and the EU.
The second phase of STAR-Ghana is managed by a consortium led by Christian Aid with Mango, Social Development Direct, Overseas Development Institute, Nkum Associates and On Our Radar. The consortium brings together a range and depth of expertise combined with a shared vision to establish STAR-Ghana as a Ghanaian owned and led entity mobilising active citizens and civil society around accountability. Read more. (link to About us page)
The current phase of STAR-Ghana builds on previous programmes including the first phase of the STAR-Ghana programme (2010-2015); the Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-rap) (2005-2011); KASA (2008-2010); the Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI) (2004-2010); and the Civil Society Governance Fund (CSGF) (2004-2010).
The key shift from its predecessor programme is the new strategic focus on facilitating and supporting processes and interventions which aim at systemic changes in socio-economic and political institutions/structures in Ghana. STAR-Ghana will therefore to act as Convener, Catalyst and Coordinator of civil society action towards systemic and transformational change.
The programme has four main outputs as follows :
Output 1 – STAR2 providing effective convener, catalyst and coordinator (CCC) role. STAR2 will develop and provide analysis to drive active citizenry. This will primarily be through a supportive, convening role or by catalysing interventions, but where needed also as a pro-active player through social accountability and influencing techniques, to develop the effectiveness of dialogue and improve strategies for reaching and involving women and excluded groups.
Output 2 – Effective strategic partnerships in place with policy level organisations and Parliament. Output 2 will focus on supporting and identifying strategic partnerships with a small number of national organisations with the desire and ability to influence national reform agendas and the ability to support smaller or local organisations and movements to channel and synthesize local issues to the national level.
Output 3 – STAR2 grant component effectively managed, helping grant partners to link citizens and local issues to policy level. This output builds on the systems developed during STAR1 to refine grant approaches, with focus on more prioritised, result-oriented and realistic intervention logics. Equally, there will be a strengthened focus on linking local initiatives with national debates and issues.
Output 4 – Ghanaian owned, strategic and fundable organisation established. Output 4 aims to transition STAR-Ghana to a corporate body within the first half of the programme.