Monday, May 20, 2013

Penplusbytes hosts UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact

Penplusbytes on Friday 17th May, hosted a three-member delegation from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) based in the United Kingdom for an assessment of Penplusbytes’ STAR-Ghana funded programmes and its impact on its beneficiaries.

The purpose of the visit was in connection with the general assessment of STAR-Ghana (a grant making organisation who receive substantial funds from the UK through DFID) and provide avenues for the future of STAR-Ghana and UK support to civil society in Ghana. It also served as grounds for knowledge and information exchange between grantees of STAR-Ghana and the ICAI team on best practices.

The Team Leader of the group, Mr. Marcus Cox, said Penplusbytes was selected among the many STAR-Ghana grantees for the visit mainly due to the leadership role Penplusbytes is playing in using ICTs and New Media to advance the cause of democracy in Ghana and other parts of the continent and also the innovative ways in which the organisation uses mobile applications and other to engage citizens especially those at the grassroots and CSOs on issues of transparency and accountability.

Some of the issues raised centered on sustained partnership building with Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders and how these partnerships are producing tangible results in the area of transparency, accountability and responsiveness.

Speaking on STAR-Ghana’s work with Grant Partners, Mr. Jeremiah Sam said that “they have been of enormous support over the past couple of years, providing both technical and advisory support and a platform for Civil Society Organisations to collaborate and work together whiles reducing duplication of efforts in achieving common goals.” The have provided both technical and advisory support to the team.”

Penplusbytes with grants from STAR-Ghana has successfully covered the 2012 Ghana elections using new media to enabling peaceful, transparent and credible elections and is currently undertaking a two year project aimed at improving coverage of oil and gas stories by the Ghanaian media leading to an increase in the quantity and quality (in terms of in-depth and investigative reporting) of oil and gas stories thus leading to the media playing an effective watchdog role over Ghana’s Oil and Gas revenues and resources.

Editors Note

PENPLUSBYTES is a registered not for profit organization since 18th July 2001 with the vision of driving excellence in ICT journalism. 

ICAI is the independent body responsible for scrutiny of UK aid. It focuses on maximizing the impact and effectiveness of the UK aid budget for intended beneficiaries and the delivery of value for money for the UK taxpayer. Its reports are submitted directly to the UK Parliament.

STAR-Ghana is a multi- donor pooled funding mechanism (Funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID) to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery, with the ultimate goal of improving the accountability and responsiveness of Ghana's government, traditional authorities and the private sector.

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