Call for Proposals : 
Anti-Corruption – Innovative Alliances Component

Theme: Fighting Corruption in Ghana through an enabling policy and regulatory framework.

Eligible organisations
Registered and informal alliances/coalitions/networks of stakeholders in the fight against corruption. These alliances/coalitions/networks must be led by registered Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs) operating at national and regional levels, including: –

  • Academic and research institutions;
  • Professional associations;
  • Research and advocacy NGOs;
  • Think Tanks;
  • Private sector associations; and,
  • Faith-based organisations.

Lead organisations must demonstrate capacity to mobilize broad alliances of state and non-state actors for long-term engagement and collective action in the fight against corruption.

NB: Organisations currently receiving grants from STAR-Ghana under the GESI and Media calls are not eligible to apply as lead organisations for this grant.

About STAR Ghana
STAR-Ghana is a five-year (2015 – 2020) voice and empowerment programme supported by UK Aid, the European Union and DANIDA.  Its purpose is to support the development of a civil society and citizenry capable of influencing change which will lead to inclusive access to high quality and responsive service delivery in Ghana. Its strategic approach is focused on supporting the creation, utilisation and institutionalisation of spaces for collective engagement, within civil society and between civil society and other actors, as a means of increasing the accountability and responsiveness of the executive and key state institutions at both local and national levels and promoting inclusive national development.  For more information about STAR-Ghana, please visit the website at www.star-ghana.org.

The Anti- Corruption Call
National corruption surveys in recent years point to a significant deterioration in citizens’ perceptions of corruption in Ghana. Overall trends are negative, particularly for citizens seeking to access public goods and services. Public perceptions also reflect a growing awareness of, and concern about corruption across key sectors of government.

Corruption is a brake on development, burdens the poor and exacerbates inequality. The resulting lack of trust in public officials, institutions, and processes weakens the state-citizen relationship and undermines democracy. Tackling it is therefore essential if Ghana is to achieve sustainable and equitable growth.

An important lesson learnt from anti-corruption actions in Ghana and globally is the need for collaboration and joint actions among stakeholders, given that there are certain corruption issues which cannot be tackled by any one organisation or institution alone. In addition, fighting corruption can be very dangerous for an individual or single organisation or enterprise and collaborative actions help not only to mitigate the risks, but also increase the impact and credibility of anti-corruption actions. The scale and complexity of corruption issues also requires a multi-sectoral and multi-actor approach in order to achieve sustainable results.

To this end STAR-Ghana intends to support the development of broad-based multi-stakeholder alliances and networks to increase the effectiveness of current anti-corruption actions. The Innovative Alliances Component of STAR-Ghana’s Anti-Corruption Call seeks to incentivise the development of innovative alliances or collective actions bringing together stakeholders who usually do not work together on such issues, such as NGOs, professional associations, private sector associations, media, state agencies, public institutions, traditional associations, academia, etc. to implement actions addressing systemic corruption issues. Applications are therefore invited from eligible civil society organisations, including media organisations, professional associations and private sector associations to develop and implement projects under the Innovative Alliances component of the anti-corruption workstream. Such applications should focus on developing and/or strengthening innovative alliances or collaborations among and between diverse stakeholders to address systemic corruption issues at both national, district or community levels. The proposals should be anchored on the National Anti-corruption Action plan (NACAP) and, as much as possible, take account of gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) considerations.

Projects funded under this component will be for a maximum duration of two (2) years and a budget not exceeding GHS750, 000.00 per project.

Eligibility Criteria:
Lead organisations submitting applications to STAR-Ghana

  • Must be registered with the Registrar-General’s Department with Tax Identification Number;
  • Must not have been blacklisted by any donor agency, governmental agency or by STAR-Ghana;
  • Must have a demonstrable experience and capacity to undertake national /strategic level policy influencing on anti-corruption issues;
  • Must be able to provide audited accounts for the last two years.
How to Apply

  1. Download the application preparation pack which contains the following documents:
    – Sample application form (for preparation only – Do not submit this)
    – Guidance Notes for Applicants;
    – STAR-Ghana’s Anti-Corruption Framework;
    – The Discussion papers and Scoping study which informed this call;
    – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategy;
    – Anti- Corruption Concept Note;
    – Other useful materials.
  2. Use the contents of the Application Preparation Pack to prepare your application responses and attachments;
  3. Login to the STAR-Ghana  Online Form (Anti-Corruption – Innovative Alliances Component)
  4. Complete the online form with the content form your preparation pack. You may save progress and return to continue later. Submit the online form once your entries and attachments are complete.
  5. Deadline for submission of completed online application form is 4th December 2017.
  6. Shortlisted applications will be notified within 4 weeks after close of application.

Information Sessions
Interested organisations are invited to Information sessions to be held as follows:

No. Location Venue Date Time
1. Accra Du Bois Centre 31st Oct 2017 10:00am
2. Sunyani Tyco City Hotel 2nd Nov 2017 10:00am
3. Takoradi Akroma Plaza Hotel 2nd Nov 2017 10:00am
4. Tamale Gillbt Training Centre 2nd Nov 2017 10:00am
5. Wa Nuoyong Empire Hotel 2nd Nov 2017 10:00am

 For inquiries, please email us at the following address:  info@star-ghana.org or call (0302) 774488 between 9am and 5pm on week days.