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Strengthening Development Capacities of Regional Coordinating Councils and Municipal Assemblies in the Northern Zone under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program.


The 4th Annual Performance Assessment under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program convened stakeholders from the Northern Zone, encompassing the Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper East, Upper West, Bono East, Bono, and Ahafo Regions. The focus of day two centered on enhancing participants' capacities in financial feasibility studies and leveraging the District Data Development Platform (DDDP) for data-driven decision-making and sustainable development planning.


Capacity Building in Financial Feasibility Studies:

Participants engaged in rigorous training sessions aimed at bolstering their understanding of financial feasibility studies. The objective was to empower them with the necessary tools and knowledge to positively impact development planning strategies within their respective regions. Through comprehensive learning modules and interactive discussions, stakeholders gained valuable insights into assessing project viability, resource allocation, and financial sustainability, laying a robust foundation for informed decision-making.


Harnessing the District Data Development Platform (DDDP):

A pivotal aspect of the program was the introduction and training on the District Data Development Platform (DDDP). This cutting-edge application equips Municipal Assemblies (MAs) and Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) with advanced reporting capabilities, promoting data-driven decision-making at the local level. Participants were guided through the nuances of the DDDP, learning how to harness its features for efficient data collection, analysis, and reporting. The platform's integration into development planning processes is poised to revolutionize governance practices, ensuring evidence-based interventions and fostering sustainable growth.


Encouraging Utilization and Implementation:

Project implementation MAs were strongly encouraged to embrace the DDDP as a cornerstone for reporting and data utilization. Emphasizing its role in enhancing data collection accuracy and promoting transparency, stakeholders were urged to leverage the platform's capabilities for streamlined development planning. The proactive adoption of the DDDP is expected to enhance collaboration, facilitate resource optimization, and ultimately drive impactful development outcomes across the Northern Zone.



The concerted efforts to build capacities in financial feasibility studies and promote the utilization of the District Data Development Platform signify a significant stride towards fostering sustainable development in Ghana's Northern Zone. As stakeholders continue to harness these newfound tools and knowledge, the region is poised to witness transformative progress, grounded in data-driven decision-making and effective development planning. This collaborative approach underscores a commitment to inclusive growth and empowers communities to thrive in a dynamic and evolving landscape.

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Dissemination Workshop for the 4th Annual Performance Assessment (APA)

Date: March 20 2024 

Location: Northern Zone, [Ejisu]



The third and final day of the Dissemination Workshop for the 4th Annual Performance Assessment (APA) in the Northern Zone focused on presenting key insights and outcomes derived from the assessment process. Participants engaged in discussions, presentations, and knowledge-sharing sessions aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the assessment's findings and their implications for organizational development and performance enhancement.


Session 1: Group Assignments Presentation

The day commenced with a session dedicated to group assignments, where participants showcased their practical expertise by presenting financial feasibility plans developed during the APA. The presentations highlighted innovative strategies and solutions aimed at driving sustainable growth and development initiatives within the Northern Zone. Participants demonstrated a nuanced understanding of financial concepts and strategies, showcasing their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios effectively.


Session 2: Contract Management Best Practices

Following the group assignments presentation, participants delved into a session focused on contract management best practices. Led by industry experts, the session provided comprehensive guidance on navigating complex contractual agreements, mitigating risks, and ensuring compliance. Key topics included contract negotiation strategies, risk assessment, monitoring and evaluation protocols, and conflict resolution mechanisms. Participants actively engaged in discussions and case studies, gaining valuable insights into effective contract management strategies applicable to their respective roles and projects.


Knowledge-Sharing Sessions and Discussions

Throughout the day, participants engaged in interactive knowledge-sharing sessions and discussions, exchanging ideas, experiences, and best practices related to the APA findings. Topics of discussion included project management methodologies, stakeholder engagement strategies, performance measurement frameworks, and capacity building initiatives. The collaborative atmosphere facilitated meaningful dialogue and learning opportunities, enabling participants to gain diverse perspectives and insights from peers and industry experts.


Closing Remarks by Mr. Raphael Edu-Gyan

Mr. Raphael Edu-Gyan, the Project Coordinator, delivered closing remarks, commending participants for their active participation, dedication, and contributions throughout the dissemination workshop. He highlighted the importance of leveraging the insights gained from the APA to drive positive change, enhance organizational performance, and foster continuous learning and improvement within the Northern Zone. Mr. Edu-Gyan encouraged participants to apply the knowledge and strategies acquired to prepare for future assessments and challenges effectively.



The third day of the Dissemination Workshop for the 4th APA was marked by insightful discussions, engaging presentations, and collaborative learning experiences. Participants left the workshop equipped with practical knowledge, actionable strategies, and a renewed commitment to driving excellence and innovation within their respective roles and organizations. The success of the day's sessions underscored the value of continuous learning, knowledge sharing, and strategic planning in achieving sustainable development goals and organizational success.


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In a bid to build capacity and enhance efficient delivery on performance under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program (GSCSP), participants at a three-day dissemination workshop for the 4th Annual Performance Assessment (APA) of implementing Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and Municipal Assemblies (MAs) from the southern sector were urged to play a pivotal role in timely data collation and reporting.


Addressing the workshop, the Programs Coordinator at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), Mr. Raphael Edu-Gyan emphasized the importance of meeting project timelines. Delays, he stressed, would not be advantageous to anyone and could hinder progress on the programme.


During the workshop sessions, discussions revolved around enhancing Financial Feasibility Assessment to improve the financial reporting system on the program. Participants also reviewed their performance on disbursement linked indicators, aiming for transparency and accountability in fund utilization.


Looking towards the program's conclusion in 2025, participants were encouraged to remain steadfast and diligent in their efforts. They were urged to ensure that allocated funds are effectively utilized and disbursed in alignment with the program's development objectives.


The Programs Coordinator underscored the collective commitment to achieving sustainable development within Ghana's secondary cities, marking a significant step towards progress and transparency in governance.


SOURCE: Darling Maame Efua Cann

                        Rhodaline Phylis Abba

                        MLGRD PR UNIT

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