Official Language: English
Population: 25.9 million
Ghana’s democratic and constitutional progress over the course of the last decade and a half has earned it much praise and support from the international community. These are non-trivial accomplishments, particularly when viewed in the light of the country’s history of military coup d’etats as well as trends elsewhere in Africa. Yet as Ghanaians settle into a hopeful new era of democratic peace and stability, much more needs to be done in order for Ghana to consolidate its democratic gains and for the Ghanaian citizens’ to derive democratic dividends.
OSIWA has had a long term engagement in Ghana and has significantly supported a variety of Ghanaian CSO’s on democratic governance (promoting traditional leadership as a necessary complement to advance democracy in selected communities in Northern Ghana), access to justice (particularly as they relate to domestic violence), legislative reform (advocacy for the promulgation of a right to information law) and economic reform/natural resource management initiatives. However, much more needs to be done, especially in the area of policy formulation, legislative reforms and grassroots mobilization for meaningful participation in order for Ghana to consolidate its democratic gains and for the Ghanaian citizens’ to derived democratic dividends. Within this background, OSIWA’s specific objective in Ghana during this strategy period will aim to facilitate, at all levels:
The globe abounds with dismal examples of how oil and gas revenues have disrupted peace, stability and the governance infrastructure. The discovery of oil in commercial quantities places the country at risk of the ‘resource curse’ syndrome and could threaten the consolidation of the democratic gains. OSIWA further proposes to:
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