STAR-Ghana Empowers Parliament With $2.9m



ParliamentaryTen Select Committees of Parliament have received a grant of $2.9 million  from Star-Ghana, a non-governmental organi-sation to enhance the capacity of the committees to enable them to exercise effectively their oversight responsibility on the Executive.

The committees are the Select Committees on Education, Health, Mines and Energy, Gender and Children, Government Assurances as well as the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development.

The rest are the Public Accounts Committee, Special Budget Committee, Finance Committee and the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Launching a partnership agreement between Parliament and STAR-Ghana yesterday, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, expressed optimism that the partnership between the two institutions would strengthen the capacity of Members of Parliament to discharge  their duties effectively.

“This partnership has a great potential to strengthen the capacity of MPs in the discharge of their duties and can create adequate space for public and civil society engagement in legislation and oversight,” he said.

The speaker indicated that working together to implement the activities under the partnership would inure to the mutual benefit of the House and Star-Ghana, adding that “the partnership would enhance the capacity of MPs to effectively scrutinise government”.

Mr. Doe Adjaho, also urged Star-Ghana to consider increasing in the next phase of the programme, its support to the parliamentary service through the  development of competent and professional staff with the capacity to handle the challenges posed by the loss of institutional memory occasioned by high attrition of MPs.

The Deputy Majority Leader and the Minority Leader, Alfred Kwame Agbesi and Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu respectively, took their turns to commend the NGO for the gesture.

The Team Manager of STAR-Ghana, Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, said Star-Ghana’s support to Parliament was premised on the importance of strengthening the legislature’s role as a key oversight institution as well as a representative body for constituency groups and civil society organisations.

“The approach to working with Parliament has focussed on supporting key components of Parliament to identify priority areas and actions to make them more effective in achieving their mandate and contribute to an integrated and holistic institutional strengthening of Parliament,” he said

STAR-Ghana is a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery with the ultimate goal of improving the accountability and responsiveness of Ghana’s government, traditional authorities and the private sector.

 

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