The EU delegation has handed over the Co-chairmanship of the Decentralisation Sector Working Group (DSWG) to Switzerland at a short ceremony during a Decentralisation Sector Working Group meeting held on 31st January 2018.
The EU has held the position since June 2016. Reflecting on the tenure, the head of the governance section at the European Union Delegation to Ghana Ms. Maria Luisa Troncoso expressed her appreciation to all partners for their support and recounted the numerous successes the Group has achieved over the period. Notable among these are the formulation of the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) to Decentralisation, the letter of intent jointly signed by the Government of Ghana (GOG) and Development Partners (DPs) and the Joint Decentralisation Review Mission (JDRM).
She further intimated that the EU will continue to be a key player in decentralization as has been demonstrated with the signing of a new programme to support phase II of Ghana’s Decentralisation Support Programme under the 11th EDF (European Development Fund).
Matthias Feldman, the new Co-chair, expressed his desire to continue to work efficiently and productively to attain the shared aspirations of the group.
The Hon Minister of local government who is also the chair of the DSWG thanked the EU for the work done during their tenure and urged the EU to continue to show the same level of zeal.
The position of Co-chair rotates amongst Development Partners (DPs) and is held for no less than 12 months. The co-chair is expected to represent and articulate Development Partners’ views and concerns in discussions with the Government.
The Decentralization Sector Working Group (DSWG) is made up of representatives of Government of Ghana (GoG) and Development Partners (DPs) working in the area of local governance and decentralization. The DSWG aims to improve policy dialogue between Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Development Partners involved in Ghana’s decentralization process. As a platform for high-level policy dialogue, the DSWG promotes effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency of partner contributions to the reform process which is anchored on government’s implementation of the National Decentralization Policy (NDP) and the National Decentralization Action Plan (NDAP). For this reason, the DSWG provides the means for the advancement of a continuous, systematic and organized dialogue to accelerate the decentralization reform process in conceptual and practical ways.