Development Partners (DPs) are very supportive of decentralisation and local governance in Ghana. This is true for DPs currently engaged in the District Development Fund (DDF) and for DPs currently engaged in providing support to policy reforms and capacity building within decentralisation at both central and local government levels. The current engagement of DPs in support of the sector includes approximately 15 different projects and programmes.
The key DPs involved in the ‘sector’ include the European Union Delegation, Germany (both KfW and GIZ), France (notably AFD), Switzerland, and the World Bank. In addition, Canada and Denmark are currently providing substantial support for decentralisation, while USAID and UNCDF are providing limited support to the sector.
Decentralisation Sector Working Group – DSWG
To facilitate work between Government of Ghana (GoG) and Development Partners, the Decentralisation Sector Working Group has been established to serve as a platform for the purpose of:
Instituting a continuous sector policy dialogue between Government representatives and DPs to exchange views and seek mutual understanding of decentralization issues, priorities and definition of areas of useful DP support. This dialogue may contribute to the formulation of decentralization sector strategies and implementation plans.
Review the progress of decentralization reforms in order to agree on actions that could contribute to improved performance. These sector reviews can contribute to the performance assessment process of the annual budget cycle, the Multi-Donor Budget Support (MDBS) and the Consultative Group/Annual Partnership Meeting (CG/APM).
Improve the harmonization and alignment of Government/DP procedures, projects, and programs in order to ensure the efficiency of implementation of Government’s sector strategy and DP support to planning and delivery.
Increasing the DSWG has justified its relevance by maintaining focus and shaping policy direction in the sector. The Decentralisation Sector Working is chaired by the Minister of Local Government and Rural development and a DP co-chair.
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