Media build capacity for advocacy

A two-day workshop aimed at strengthening the capacity of the media to have a greater voice as advocate and effectively serve the interest of the people, has been held.

It was held at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region by Voice for Change Partnership (V4C), a non-governmental organisation, under the joint theme: “Food and Nutrition Security, ‘Renewable Energy’ and ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)’.

The participants were also oriented to influence agenda setting and policy creation by stimulating collaboration among the civil society organisations, government, the private sector and other relevant players.

The Country Programme Coordinator for V4C, Mr. Eric Banye, said the main objective was to equip the media to hold government and the private sector accountable, and ensure that promises and actions of government officials were followed through.

He urged journalists to demand from policy makers, transparency, accountability and responsiveness in their line of duty”, adding that it was high time the media monitored the promises and actions and ensured that they were acted upon.

Mr. Banye said, in various countries, the media participated in capacity development courses which strengthened their capabilities and offered a platform for exchanging experiences.

That, he said, encouraged them to make use of evidence and data advocacy by contextualising results of research and availing knowledge products and facilitating access to online platforms and alliances.

The Coordinator indicated that Ghana would have been a better place than it was now if the media had sensitised the general public to developmental projects.

He advised that the platform should be used to share knowledge, expose law breachers and ensure they were brought to book.

Citing renewable energy and WASH, he said the cutting down of trees for fire wood had led to the rise in average surface temperature in the country leading to the change in climate.

He added that smoke from burnt charcoal had health implications on people, especially women, because they often came into contact with fire, hence the need for a renewable energy that could be used directly for heating and generating electricity.

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