Promotion of Local Governance
The Fourth Republican Constitution identifies political, administrative and financial
decentralization as a channel for fostering democracy and popular participation in governance. Therefore, it is intended that popular participation should be the result as well as the facilitator of effective decentralization and local governance in Ghana. Like any aspect of development administration, the decentralization process and the arrangements for local governance cannot remain static. To be relevant, they must respond to and even anticipate changes in the environment and the citizenry must be architects of the required reforms. This was the basis of the decentralization review process that gave birth to this policy. Effective local governance is critical to investing in people, jobs and the economy.
In the next decade, assemblies will still have responsibilities for service delivery, broadening horizontal and downward accountability, operationalizing the sub-structures and deepening citizens’ participation in governance.
SODIA have realized in reality that Citizens and Traditional Authorities are not actively involved in the development, implementation and monitoring development plans which leads to non-achievement of promises made by Politicians made into policies as guides for the development of medium-term development plans of the MMDAs.
SODIA and the various stakeholders will engage with the various MMDAs and Parliamentary select committee on Local government and Rural development for them to hold dialogue sessions with the committee in reviewing priorities of the MMDAs, tracking of budget allocation between the various stakeholders for dissemination and used a s baseline for performance of the MMDAs. Media and other stakeholders will be actively involved in the uptake of the issues awareness creation and consciousness of their roles and responsibilities in the Local Governance of their various MMDAs.