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District Assemblies trained on Monitoring and Evaluation under the SOCO Project

As part of capacity building requirements under the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and their Regional Coordinating Councils from beneficiary communities have been trained on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) on the Project.

The training, which spans four days, was done concurrently in three zones, namely Tamale, Wa, and Bolga, for focal persons on the SOCO project to undertake effective and efficient monitoring of infrastructure to collect data on its activities during its implementation to gain a conceptual understanding on compliance, diagnostic and performance monitoring of the Project activities.

Participants were to trained to monitor and evaluate the Project's effectiveness, coherence, efficiency, relevance, impact and sustainability whenever they embark on monitoring and evaluation to ascertain the progress of infrastructural work under the SOCO.

The training, was attended by project focal persons made up of social safeguards on the Project, planners, engineers, social welfare officers, and Management Information System specialists from the beneficiary Assemblies.

The SOCO project focuses on enhancing regional collaboration and socio-economic resilience in the Northern regions of the Gulf of Guinea countries (Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin). The project aims to address challenges such as FCV spillover risks, perception of exclusion, climate impact, and COVID-19 shocks.

Its geographic focus includes six regions: Savannah, Oti, Upper East, Northern, Upper West, and North East, with the Ministry of Local Government serving as the implementation agency.



Source:           Matilda Tettey

                        (MLGDRD, Public Relations Unit)

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The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) has held a stakeholder engagement meeting with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) on the validation and roll-out of the Investor Grievance Mechanisms (IGM) to help resolve conflicts between Investors and Government Agencies.

The meeting was held at the Ministry as a follow up on a number of meetings held to discuss the validation of a draft guidelines on the IGM.

The IGM is a problem-solving mechanism which serves as a mediator between an investor and a Government Agency. This initiative is to help ensure that the investor is heard and also the laws of the country are adhered to when there is a conflict.

The delegation from GIPC stated the important role MLGDRD has to play in ensuring the success of the IGM initiative at the local level and sought for the support of the Ministry to help roll-out the project and validate it to make it official.

The team from MLGDRD led by Madam Priscilla Attipoe, the Deputy Director for General Administration raised concerns about the need for exploring exhaustibly the avenues for   making a complaint, stressing the need to be stated in the document that, all avenues of resolving a conflict between an investor and a government agency must be explored at the Local Governance level before the IGM is engaged.

The team from the Ministry assured GIPC of their unwavering support and their feedback to help draft a final document for validation before it is rolled-out.




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The Project Oversight Committee (POC) of the Gulf of Guinea Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project convened to review the 2024 workplan for implementation.

The meeting which was chaired by Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah, Minister of State at the Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) reviewed the progress report and workplan presented by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

Through rigorous deliberations and comprehensive discussions, the POC granted approval for the implementation of the 2024 workplan.

With a firm commitment to advancing social cohesion within the project beneficiary communities and the Gulf of Guinea regions, the POC underscored the importance of effective communication strategies, emphasizing the imperative to ensure the citizens are well-informed about the project's achievements.

The committee directed the PIU to intensify communication efforts with the aim to foster transparency and engagement, thereby enabling broader community participation and support for the project's objectives.

The approved 2024 workplan signifies a significant milestone in the ongoing endeavor to achieve a project development objective.

Building upon previous achievements, the plan outlines strategic initiatives and targeted interventions designed to address key challenges and promote sustainable development.




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