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Building a culture of accountability and active citizenship in Ghana


SDDirect is proud to be part of a Christian Aid-led consortium that has been appointed to manage Phase 2 of the DFID Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR)programme in Ghana

Launched in November 2015, STAR-Ghana Phase 2 is a five-year multi-donor programme designed to build STAR-Ghana’s effectiveness as a convenor, coordinator and catalyst of multi-stakeholder action for systemic change around key social challenges. As STAR-Ghana moves over the course of the programme to establish itself formally as an autonomous, Ghanaian-owned and led entity, the consortium is committed to a transformational vision for STAR as a critical driver in the mobilisation of civil society, decision-makers and an active citizenry around a culture of accountability.

We are excited to be working with other high calibre partners who share a consortium-wide commitment to social inclusion, gender equality and the empowerment of marginalised groups in Ghana. These partners include: MANGO, which focuses on strengthening the financial management and accountability of NGOs around the world; the Overseas Development Institute (ODI); On Our Radar, a specialist communications and technology organisation; and Nkum Associates, a Ghanaian organisational development firm working with civil society, government and other stakeholders in Ghana. 

SDDirect is a core partner playing a significant technical role. Lead Consultant on Governance, Voice and Accountability, Barry Smith, will serve as Senior Institutional Strategy Advisor for STAR-2 and will manage SDDirect’s wider team of experts supporting the development of the STAR gender and inclusion strategy as well as a STAR community of practice to embed learning and collaboration across the programme.

STAR-Ghana Phase 2 is funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the EU.