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IDEG trains CSO to monitor government policies

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A two-day capacity building  workshop on participatory monitoring and evaluation for 28 members of the Governance Issues Forum(GIFNet) to enable them monitor the implementation of government policies and budget policies of the District Assemblies has ended in Accra.

The GIFNet is a structure promoted by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) to enhance civic participation in local governance and to enhance the capacity of marginalized people including women, elderly, persons with disabilities and indigenous communities to demand their rights.

The GIFNET concept is being implemented in 15 Districts within eight Regions in the country.

Participants of the workshop were drawn from Ho, New Juaben, Sekondi-Takoradi and Ashaiman Municipalities, East Gonja and Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Districts.

Speaking at the workshop Mr Kojo Impraim, Programme Officer of IDEG, said the workshop was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the participants to enable them respond to the public demand for effective civic participation, public accountability and transparent governance at the sub-national levels.

He called on the participants to mobilize people in their communities to identify issues of concern and gather data to support their concern and use it to advocate for a change in policies in their areas.

Mr Kwabena Boakye, the Mpohor Wassa East District Focal Person of the GIFNet, called for full implementation of the district assembly concept to enable the Urban and Area Councils to be resourced to perform their roles under the decentralization concept of the assemblies.

Source: GNA

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