Local governance - strategic partnerships component

Request for concept notes

STAR-Ghana's local governance call aims to strengthen, scale up and consolidate the results of previous and on-going local governance focused initiatives particularly in the areas of inclusive voice, improved access and transparency in service delivery.

The call is open for applications until 2nd March 2018. 

Open to: 

Registered Ghanaian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating at regional or national levels;  academic and research institutions; professional associations; advocacy NGOs; private sector associations; civil society networks / coalitions, media organisations.

Expected outputs

  1. Spaces for collaboration between civil society (including private sector associations and media) and state actors on service delivery at local level strengthened.
  2. Horizontal and vertical linkages amongst CSOs to address systemic local governance, public participation and inclusion challenges strengthened.
  3. Inclusive voice and participation in local governance.
  4. Mechanisms for increased transparency and responsiveness in local governance enhanced.
  5. Issue-based and inclusive DA elections, including the election of women, PWDs and youth promoted.
  6. Citizen participation in the processes around the creation of new districts and regions, election of MMDCEs and creation of new districts enhanced.

Focus areas

The call will focus on unfinished business in local governance in the following areas:

  1. Promoting basic service delivery and development management at local level.
  2. Innovative technologies and media for promoting citizens participation, accountability and public access to information in local governance.
  3. Gender inclusion, disability and diversity in local governance.
  4. Poverty reduction, local economic development, resource mobilisation and budgetary utilisation at the local level.
  5. Implementing the new Act 936, party political elections of MMDCEs and voter education and sensitisation towards Referendum.

Call component and duration

The Strategic Policy Grants Component will support national level CSOs with capacity to do strategic level policy influencing to implement projects aimed at addressing systemic constraints around local governance and decentralisation issues at the policy levels. Projects shall have a maximum duration of 24 months and grant fund support not exceeding GHC 600,000.

Eligibility criteria for the CSO or the Coalition/Network/Alliance

  1. CSO, Coalition, networks and platforms who have implemented project around local governance or decentralisation within the past three years and are considering further up scaling of the project.
  2. The Grants is not applicable to CSOs or Coalitions wishing to commence entirely new project
  3. Should be able to state clearly the results and outcomes that will be achieved from the project;
  4. Must demonstrate a track record in working with and delivering results around governance focused initiatives;
  5. Ability to co-develop and implement local governance and decentralisation initiatives that can lead to strategic and national level policy change or action.

Grant Partners implementing STAR-Ghana funded projects as lead organisations are not eligible to apply. GESI small partners are in principle not barred from applying for the grant. However, STAR-Ghana will not award a fresh grant to an organisation which is either holding a grant or whose project has ended but has not completed the project/grant closure activities and signed off by STAR-Ghana. So those who are not sure that they would have completed their project closure activities by May 2018 need not apply.


How to apply

Download a concept note form for the local governance – strategic partnerships component

This form should be completed and submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for submission of competed application forms is 2nd March 2018.

Shortlisted applications will be notified within two weeks after close of application and will be work with the Programme Management Team to co-develop full proposals for consideration by the Steering Committee..

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