Gender, equality and social inclusion (GESI)

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.

Gender, equality and social inclusion

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 two components small grants and strategic partnerships.

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 organisations responded to the call. Out of this number, a total of 164 organisations responded to the GESI call – 80 for the small grants component and 84 for the strategic partnership component. Sixty-two responded to the media call: 32 and 30 for the small grants and strategic partnership components respectively. 

STAR-Ghana contracted independent assessors to assess the proposals. Their recommendations were presented to the grants sub-committee (of the steering committee), in February 2017, who in turn reviewed and shortlisted the applications. Feedback was then sent to all applicants. This was followed by a due diligence exercise for all shortlisted applicants for both the small grants and strategic partnership components. A due diligence exercise validated information provided by applicants, assessed the organisation’s capacity (human and technical resources), reviewed the project budget, the organisations’ internal governance, financial and monitoring and evaluation systems and also made recommendations for capacity support to enable applicants to deliver on their projects.

The recommendations from the grants sub-committee, together with findings from the due diligence exercise were sent to the steering committee for final approval for the small grants component of both the media and GESI calls. Shortlisted applicants of the strategic partnerships component were invited to the next stage of the process: proposal development. This stage is a combination of workshop and a mentoring process. Proposals from the shortlisted organisations, together with findings from the due diligence process, were presented to the steering committee for vetting, final approval and sign off. 

STAR-Ghana wishes to express its appreciation to all the 226 organisations that submitted applications for both the GESI and media calls.

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