Thursday, September 26, 2013

STAR-Ghana signs agreement with partners including Penplusbytes

STAR-Ghana on Wednesday signed a two million- dollar grant contract with 21 media organisations to strengthen media-civil society collaboration for greater transparency, accountability and responsiveness at all levels of governance.

STAR-Ghana, which is a multi-donor pooled funding organisation, partnered by the European Union, UK Department For International Development, Danish International Development Agency and United States Agency for International Development, seeks to increase the influence of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Parliament in the governance of public goods and services.

The beneficiaries are made up of seven television stations, two ICT-based organisations, 11 radio stations and the country's only wire service- Ghana News Agency.

The rest are; Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Omni Media, Skyy Media Group, Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company and International Institute for ICT Journalism.

Others are the Rural Media Network, Three Heads and a Pen Productions Limited, Gift FM, FMSL Multimedia Limited (RITE FM) and Shaft FM, Ankobra FM, Blogging Ghana, Centre for Intercultural Learning and Talent Development, Creative Storm Network, TV3, Word FM, Diamond FM, Kesmi FM and Multi TV.

Professor Akilakpa Sawyerr, Chairman of STAR-Ghana, said the organisation is focusing on certain thematic areas, including promoting quality basic education, rural health, oil and gas sector with gender and social inclusion being cross-cutting issues.

He therefore underscored the important role of the media as key stakeholders in achieving the goals.

Prof Sawyerr said the success of the programmes would largely depend on how best the media collaborate with the CSOs to provide the requisite information on the issues and a voice to the people for their welfare and development.

He said STAR-Ghana had already provided financial and technical support to the media and other CSO's to bring about change, ensure peace and transparency during Election 2012 among other things.

Mr Jens-Peter Dybark, Chairman of the Funders Committee, challenged the media to be innovative and find ways of helping the public to be better informed about critical issues that affect their development.

The media should also provide a wider platform for the public to channel their concerns on key issues on national development.

Mr Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, Team Leader of Star-Ghana, expressed satisfaction about the partnership and promised more support to make it viable.


International Institute for ICT Journalism

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