Bongo D.A Holds Maiden Dialogue With Coalition Of Ngos UE/R

Non-Governmental Organisations [NGOs] operating in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region have been called upon to unionise and synchronise their interventions so as to eliminate duplication of their activities and in the process, save money for other equally important interventions.

 The Bongo District Chief Executive [DCE], Hon Ayamdor Alexis Adugdaa who made the call at the maiden meeting between the Assembly and the Coalition of NGOs/Development Partners stressed that “there is the need to build stronger partnerships with NGOs and Development Partners so that the activities of the NGOs will fall in line with the Mission and Vision of the Assembly”.

Hon Adugdaa paid glowing tributes to the NGOs saying since the creation of the district in 1988, their diverse interventions have been very complementary to the endeavours of Government in its spreading of development equitably to all communities as well as reducing poverty levels amongst the people. He urged the NGOs to step-up their interventions whiles linking the Assembly to new development partners whose interventions have not yet reached the Bongo District.

He tasked the Development Partners and NGOs to institutionalise the coalition meetings with the Assembly and also forward copies of their Annual and Semi-Annual reports on interventions and other activities to the District Assembly so that accurate correspondence can be made to the seat of Government on how beneficial  and critical their interventions have been to the work of Government.

The DCE noted for instance that World Vision Ghana has among other things built and furnished a shea nut processing plant for about 400 women in the Bongo-Soe community which has resulted in improved incomes for these rural women while Camfed Ghana has assisted several young school girls through Junior and Senior High Schools by disbursing bursaries including assorted school materials and payment of school fees for these girls. 

Meanwhile, the UNICEF and Water Aid have been assisting with the Community Led Total Sanitation intervention in a number of villages. An example is the Namoo Small Town Water System.

While the DCE observed that the approach by some of the NGOs does not encourage community ownership of their interventions and projects, he challenged the NGOs to open up to their sister organisations so that they can compare notes and re-align their priority areas in order to achieve the necessary impact on the lives of people in the communities as often envisaged. He further appealed to the NGOs to involve the Assembly and other relevant decentralised departments in their Programme Designs in order that they are tailored to meet the peculiar needs of people at the grassroots.

Several Representatives from 14 NGOs attended the maiden coalition meeting of NGOs and the District Assembly with a pledge to regularise the meetings and to cooperate with one another for the maximisation of intended outcomes of targeted interventions.

The Representatives each made presentations on several aspects of their organisations such as their mission, objectives, achievements and target groups among others. 

 

Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam, Bongo)