Update on STAR-Ghana’s GESI and Media Calls for Proposals and Concept Notes

In December, 2016, STAR-Ghana announced its Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and Media calls for proposals and Concept notes. Both calls were divided into 2(two) components (Small Grants Component and Strategic Partnership Component). While the Strategic partnership components were opened to national level civil society and or media organisations, the Small Grants Components were opened to Community Based Organisations (CBOs), District level Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Radio Stations and Networks and Citizen Groups.

Two hundred and twenty-six (226) organisations responded to the call. Out of this number a total of 164 organisations responded to the GESI call was follows: 80 for the Small Grants Component and 84 for the Strategic Partnership Component with 62 responding to the Media Call as follows: 32 and 30 for the Small Grants and Strategic Partnership Components respectively.

STAR-Ghana has contracted Independent Assessors (IAs) who are currently undertaking the assessments of the proposals. The recommendations from the Independent Assessment will be presented to the Grants Sub-Committee (of the Steering Committee), on 14th February, 2017 who will in turn review and shortlist the applications. Feedback will be sent to all applicants from 17th February, 2017.

This will be followed by a due diligence exercise for all shortlisted applicants for both the Small Grants Components and the Strategic Partnership Components. The due diligence exercise will validate information provided by applicants; assess the organisation’s capacity (human and technical resources); review the project budget, the organisations internal governance, financial and Monitoring and Evaluation systems and also make recommendations for capacity support to enable applicants deliver on their projects.

The recommendations from the Grants Sub-Committee together with findings from the due diligence exercise will be sent to the Steering Committee for final approval for the Small Grants Components of both the Media and GESI calls. Applicants for the small grants components are expected to receive feedback from STAR-Ghana from 1st March, 2017

Shortlisted applicants of the Strategic Partnership Component will be invited to the next stage of the process which is the Proposal Development Stage. This stage is a combination of workshop and mentoring process. Proposals from the shortlisted organisations, together with findings from the due diligence process, will be presented to the Steering Committee for vetting, final approval and sign off from 23rd March, 2017. Applicants should expect feedback from STAR-Ghana from 1st April, 2017.

STAR Ghana wishes to express its appreciation to all the 226 organisations that submitted the applications for both the GESI and Media Calls.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – STAR-Ghana Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Call

STAR-Ghana is inviting applications from interested and eligible civil society organisations under the GESI Strategic partnerships component and the GESI Small Grants Components of the GESI Call for proposals on the theme: Strengthening citizen engagements for sustainable and inclusive access to quality public goods and services and economic resources.

While the Strategic partnership component is opened to National Level organisations, the Small Grants Component is opened to Community Based Organisations (CBOs), District level Civil Society Organisations (CSOS) and Citizen Groups.

Further details can be found in the specific call adverts

  1. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Call – Strategic Component
  2. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Call – Small Grants Component



STAR-Ghana is inviting applications from interested registered Ghanaian Media organisations and Media Houses operating at national, regional or district levels and actively engaged in policy influencing processes. The call is divided into 2 components: Media Strategic partnerships component and the Media Small Grants Components. The Strategic partnership component seeks to increase the effectiveness of Media actions for accountable, responsive and inclusive governance and delivery of public goods and services. The Small Grants Component on the other hand seeks to strengthening media – civil society partnerships for voice, accountability and inclusive access to quality public goods and services.

Further details can be found in the specific call adverts:

  1. Media Call – Strategic Component
  2. Media Call – Small Grants Component


Interested organisations are invited to the INFORMATION SESSIONS to be held as follows:


S/N Location Venue Type of Call Date Time
1 Accra Du Bois Centre GESI 12th Dec 2016 10:00am
MEDIA 13th Dec 2016 10:00am
2 Kumasi Noda Hotel – Fumesua GESI 13th Dec 2016 10:00am
MEDIA 13th Dec 2016 10:00am
3 Cape Coast Cape Coast Hotel GESI & MEDIA 13th Dec 2016 10:00am
4 Sunyani Tyco City Hotel GESI 14th Dec 2016 10:00am
MEDIA 15th Dec 2016 10:00am
S/N Location Venue Type of Call Date Time
5 Takoradi Akroma Plaza Hotel GESI 14th  Dec 2016 10:00am
MEDIA 15th Dec 2016 10:00am
6 Koforidua Capital View Hotel GESI & MEDIA 15th Dec 2016 10:00am
7 Ho St. Steven’s Hotel GESI & MEDIA 20th Dec 2016 10:00am
8 Tamale Gillbt Training Centre GESI 14th Dec 2016 9:00am
MEDIA 14th Dec 2016 1:00pm
9 Bolgatanga Extee Crystal Hotel GESI & MEDIA 16th Dec 2016 10:00am
10 Wa Nuoyong Empire Hotel GESI & MEDIA 21st Dec 2016 10:00am

Departure of Mr Seth P. Lartey from the STAR-Ghana Team

It is with regret that we announce the departure of Mr Seth P. Lartey from the STAR-Ghana team with effect from December 30, 2016. He joined STAR-Ghana as Head of Programmes from in October 2015 with a wealth of experience having worked as the Head of Programmes at ENCISS (A DFID funded programme) in Sierra Leone. He also brought on-board over 19 years’ experience in public service, international civil service, and the not-for-profit sector.
Despite the short duration of his time with STAR-Ghana, Seth contributed immensely in the development of the programme’s strategic approaches, particularly during the Inception phase. As Head of Programmes, he led on the scoping and implementation of the Elections, GESI and Media Calls, ensuring that these were in line with STAR-Ghana’s overall approach and principles. Elections Call grant partners will remember him for his hands-on approach in the provision of programme support for the implementation of their projects.
Please join us wish him well in his future endeavours.

STAR-Ghana Information Session on GESI and Media Call for Proposals

From Monday, 12th to Wednesday, 21st December, 2016, STAR-Ghana for the first time undertook a series of information sessions in all ten (10) regions of the country to ensure that remotely located as well as smaller and community based organisations/associations have the opportunity to participate in its grants making processes.

Information sessions were aimed at improving the quality of project proposals from applicants and increase confidence in the grant-making process. Specifically, the Information sessions sort to:

  • Achieve a shared or common understanding of the grants process and its requirements;
  • Provide clarity on the specific components of the calls;
  • Enables applicants to articulate what their intentions are as the sessions provide space for engagements and addressing key applicant concerns and issues;
  • Provide additional information on the application process and application templates;
  • Lay the foundation for constructive and collaborative partnership with applicants during the implementation phase of their projects.
  • Provide feedback loop to STAR-Ghana to improve the application process

The information sessions took the form of a facilitated discussion rather than a presentation. The information sessions started with self-introductions by participants. This was followed by an overview of STAR-Ghana and an overview of the GESI and Media Calls. A presentation on the application processes, including the eligibility criteria, key assessment areas, key application templates which included detailed explanation on the budget, the Project performance plan, the application templates and the application timelines. Over 1000 prospective applicants participated in the information sessions.

Click on the link below for the specific Information Session presentation.

International Day of Democracy

Each year on the 15 September, the world celebrates the International Day of Democracy, highlighting the global importance of maintaining democratic values for nations and peoples.

In Ghana, this year’s commemoration coincides with the run-up to Presidential and Parliamentary elections in December 2016. The elections in December will be the 6th since the re-establishment of constitutional governance in 1992, marking this the longest continuous period of democratic governance in the country’s history.

As we celebrate this landmark achievement, STAR-Ghana wishes to congratulate all actors who worked tirelessly to restore the country to constitutional rule and have been working since then to deepen and consolidate democratic governance at all levels of the public sphere. Particular mention must be made of civil society: workers’ unions, the student movement, citizen groups and movements and professional and private sector associations. It is in recognition of the historic and on-going role played by these groups in promoting democratic governance in Ghana that STAR-Ghana this year awarded grants and other support, totalling approximately $2m, to 38 civil society organisations to enable them implement actions around and leading up to the 2016 elections. The support aims at facilitating citizens’ actions towards achieving credible, peaceful and inclusive elections.

However, even as we celebrate these achievements, we should be cognisant of the challenges facing us as we strive to consolidate democracy. The country rates highly on most of the basic measures of democracy, including protection of fundamental civil liberties and human rights, but has been less successful when it comes to the nature and scope of the participation of most social groups in the country’s governance processes and institutions beyond elections. Effective participation in the making and implementation of public policy remains limited to a small political and social elite, who benefit disproportionately from the benefits of policy.

As we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, STAR-Ghana calls for renewed commitment on the part of the sections of civil society which were active in the fight for democratic rule to a deepening of democratic governance by enabling the voices and active participation of all citizens in governance at local and national levels, and working to reduce inequality in society. This will require purposive alliances within civil society and engagement between civil society and relevant state actors. It will also require collective action in addressing the systemic challenges to inclusive development, including thorough-going constitutional reforms, meaningful and inclusive decentralisation and the strengthening of spaces for citizens to hold government and other state institutions accountable and responsive.

STAR-Ghana commits to working alongside the citizens of Ghana over the long-term to achieve these objectives.

Akilagpa Sawyerr


Steering Committee, STAR-Ghana