Our history

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.

Our history

STAR-Ghana is now in its second phase. Today, STAR-Ghana is building on the results and learning from the first phase  which ended in April 2015 to further support citizens in addressing challenges for democratic governance, and to contribute to a more inclusive community and long-term national development process.

STAR-Ghana phase 1

STAR-Ghana phase 1 was a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism (funded by the UK government's Department for International Development, Danish development agency DANIDA, the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development) to increase the influence of civil society and parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery, with the ultimate goal of improving the accountability and responsiveness of Ghana’s government, traditional authorities and the private sector.

In all, about 157 civil society organisations including media, community-based organisations and parliament were supported by the programme, which had a budget of $US38m.

Other prior programmes

STAR-Ghana builds on other previous programmes including the Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI) (2004-2010); the Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-rap) (2005-2011); KASA (2008-2010); and the Civil Society Governance Fund (CSGF) (2004-2010).

RAVI was a civil society funding mechanism that aimed to effectively engage with state actors for equitable development. The programme adopted a rights-based approach to increase the ability of rights-holders to exercise voice. DFID was the main donor for the programme, providing £4.7m. RAVI's most significant achievement was the diffusion of capacity in citizen-government engagement at all levels in Ghana.

G-rap provided core funding to civil society organisations focusing on research and advocacy in Ghana and sought to ensure government systems delivered pro-poor policy by broadening the quality and range of inputs into the policy process from civil society. DFID, DANIDA, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and Canadian International Development Agency committed US$16m to support G-rap.

KASA was a two-year pilot project supporting Ghanaian civil society organisations, the media and government at all levels to together advocate for equitable access, accountability and transparency in natural resource and environmental governance. The pilot had a budget of $US3m and 26 grantees.

CSGF sought to strengthen the capacity and effort of community-based organisations for monitoring of, and advocacy for, good governance and human rights particularly at the local level. The support helped increase the knowledge, skills and rights of many citizens to participate and influence the decisions of their district assemblies, service providers and traditional authorities. 


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