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NGOs urged to ensure data quality standards in reports

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DataManagement of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been advised to ensure provision of data quality standards in their monthly reports to sustain their organisations.

Mr. Bashiru Adams, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator of Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (GHARH) Project, gave the advice at a one-day GHARH Partners Start-Up Meeting on Tuesday in Sunyani.

The programme organised by the Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) was aimed at ensuring how best programmes and activities of adolescents could be improved in Brong-Ahafo and it was attended by about 60 participants representing five NGOs from Brong-Ahafo Region.

It was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of United Kingdom (UK) through the Palladium Group, a UK-based NGO that is into the education and promotion of quality adolescent sexual reproductive health.

There were also representatives from the Media, traditional rulers, Ghana Education Service (GES), Ministry of Health and other stakeholders committed to the welfare of the adolescents and the youth in general.

Mr. Adams said the report on project activities should always reflect on the seven main administrative report codes of ethics, which includes accuracy and validity, accessibility, integrity, meaningfulness or usefulness of the individual NGOs, so as to spur on the funding agencies into more action.

He cautioned participants who had decided to remain in the NGO ‘business’ to be serious with the above listed administrative report guidelines because his outfit would not tolerate any of them who might persistently be falling short of the guidelines.

Mr. Adams announced that his outfit would ascertain the number of NGOs that had been able to complete not less than 85 percent of its programmes and activities by the end of December.

He therefore urged the managements of the NGOs to be focused and pragmatic in the implementation of their programme line-ups to attain the first year objectives of the three-year GHARH Project.

Mr. Shamwill Issah, Health Adviser of the DFID in Accra said the partner NGOs had taken the initiative to complement the efforts of the Ghana government in its effort to effectively improve the socio-economic development of Ghanaians, particularly the sexual reproductive health of the adolescents.

Other NGOs including Map International, Palladium Group and Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) gave overview of their programmes.

Source: GNA

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