Civil societies in Ghana launch e-directory website

Dr Christian Joly, Cooperation Attaché at the Embassy of France in Ghana, on Tuesday  urged  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country to contribute meaningfully towards the  nation’s development.

He said CSOs had a major role to play in  the socio-economic, political and cultural needs of a country and that Civil Societies in Ghana had  over the years been a  reliable development partner.

Dr  Joly  said this at the launch of the last phase of  a Civil Society  e-directory website for Ghana in Cape Coast, which was attended by CSOs from the Volta, Eastern and Central Regions.

The website which was jointly  built  by UNPD and The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is to map out CSOs working  at different levels in the country and provide information on CSOs based on regional location and areas of specialization.

The Civil Society directory website is designed to facilitate timely  and  comprehensive information  on organizations and institutions relevant to the Ghanaian Civil Society community.

The innovation also seeks to stimulate  greater collaboration, networking,  information sharing and capacity building  to enhance partnership among CSOs in Ghana, as well as  serve as  a primary source of information to CSOs  and their  stakeholders.

Dr Joly expressed happiness that Civil societies in Ghana were benefiting from “freedom of expression and action” and that Ghana had a vibrant Civil Society  which had enabled them to contribute greatly in areas of   agriculture, education, health  as well as contribute to the growth of democracy, accountability and responsiveness of the government   of Ghana to its people.

He observed that a healthy dialogue  between  CSOs  and government  and other  International  organizations was very important  and that the website  should be used to facilitate contacts and collaborations to avoid duplication of projects and programmes among CSOs world-wide.

Dr  Joly tasked them to use  the website as a tool  that would help them to effectively structure,  promote their work and stressed that the website would only be useful if  they participated  and disseminated   the information they assessed from the website for the development and growth of the CSOs in Ghana.

He commended the UNDP, WACSI and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare for their contributions  towards the establishment of the website and gave the assurance that the French embassy would  continue to support  the activities of CSOs in Ghana.

Mr Harrison Owusu, leader and researcher of the project  who showed the participants how the website could be accessed,  said about 1,049 CSOs had been hooked to the website so far, and urged  those that had not yet connected  to do so.

The website  which has already been launched in the Greater Accra, Northern and Ashanti regions, has the address

Source: GNA

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