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2018 Regional TEERE Local Government Forum


This year’s regional level of our social accountability mechanism that creates a common platform to host both duty bearers and the citizenry TEERE Local Government Forum (TLGF) has been held in Bolgatanga. This platform seeks to bring together local government actors at the community, district, regional and national levels to discuss decentralisation policy and practices with the ultimate goal of improving livelihoods in poor communities in Ghana.

Present at this year’s forum were the Regional Coordinating Director, Representatives of MMDAs, Traditional Authorities, District Planning Officers, Heads of Decentralized units, Religious Leaders, key stakeholders and partners. This year’s forum was themed “THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT”.

In the welcome address Prof. Avea Nsoh Chief Executive Officer, of TEERE welcomed all participants to the second in the series of the Regional TEERE Local Government Forum (RTLGF). In his introductory speech prof. Avea briefed the participants on the main components of the TEERE Local Government Forum (TLGF) which are: community sensitization, district forum, regional forum, round table discussion and engagement with civil society (regional level) and national forum and round table discussion (national level).

Prof. Avea lamented the inability of the assembly system to include very important and critical stakeholders such as women, traditional authorities, persons with disabilities, labour unions, religious groups, the media etc. he also stated that it is usually expected that local elections and government appointees in particular would take care of these stakeholders or gaps in the system, But unfortunately, these has not been possible because of very obvious reasons including politicisation and lack of interest from the electorate. He also stated that the incorporation of participatory strategies in the laws establishing the Assemblies such as ACT 462, have in most cases not been fully taken advantage of. In that in most cases, even in the development of the district medium term development plans (MTDP) and budget hearings, the assemblies have resorted to expert services and the use of consultations rather than participatory strategies outlined in the legal documents.

The CEO of TEERE also took the opportunity to brief the house on what TLGF has been able to achieved so far, what it seeks to ultimately achieve, and what is making this difficult. In his concluding statement Prof Avea explained that in other to eliminate poverty citizens need to be involved and effectively engaged in decision-making process through appropriate local government systems and structures.
The main presentation of the day themed “THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT” Was presented by Hon. Naba Moses Abaare Appiah IV the chief of Binaba and current chairman of Council For Local Gov’t Institute.In his presentations Hon. Appiah reiterated on the general agreement regarding the general meaning of decentralization in the country where he categorized it into four levels namely national, regional, districts and the sub structure levels. Decentralisations at these levels were explained into detail.

He made it known to participants that decentralization of any form rests and thrives on four key pillars namely political, administrative, fiscal and decentralized planning and that the District Assembly system of local governance in Ghana is the site where real decentralization (the devolution) takes place. The system there provides space for stakeholder participation and engagement through the political process (elections), the administrative process, fiscal process and decentralized planning.

Hon. Moses Appiah who is a former District Chief Executive officer concluded his presentation by encouraging Staff of District Assemblies to open their doors and cooperate with other stakeholders in the delivery of service and the implementation of government policy and programmes in other to provide good and well managed educational, health and water systems, electricity, good sanitary services and also provide support for law enforcement agencies to enforce environmental cleanliness.

In his closing statement the CEO of TEERE Prof. Avea Nsoh took the opportunity to thank the TLGF organizing committee for a good work done, the Chairman (Paramount Chief of Bongo) and the Guest speakers for accepting to be present at the forum. Further appreciation was extended to Gerhard Lauth (principal advisor of TEERE and a volunteer from SES) and Nyame Joshua of NALAG.

This second face of Regional TEERE Local Government Forum is being implemented with support from Robert Bosch Stiftung and SAVE-Ghana



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    Bolgatanga, Upper East Region (UER),
    Ghana. West Africa
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TEERE started initially as a non-registered community mobilization organization. It provided remedial education, counseled youth on educational opportunities and facilitated the admission of many others. Starting 2011, it has been working with low-income...


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