|IBIS in Ghana|
IBIS has been in Ghana since 2001 working with State institutions, CSOs, NGOs and Networks, by supporting the empowerment of poor people, women and youth to influence political debates and priorities, structural reforms and resource allocation at local and national level. In Ghana, IBIS constantly works towards supporting partners and refrain from direct service delivery.
IBIS supports the democratic development in Ghana through two main programmes in Ghana: the Public Participation in Local Governance (PPLG) that promotes good governance and Education for Empowerment (EfE) that works to achieve greater quality in education. IBIS support partners to use the lessons learned for practise based advocacy, and proven models and experiences are made available for replication.
With the Public Participation in Local Governance programme (PPLG) IBIS supports partners to pilot innovative approaches in strengthening civil society to be able to demand accountability and create dialogue with local government structures. At the same time, the PPLG supports Unit, Area and Zonal Councils as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to understand and fulfil their roles and grow to become accountable to the citizens in their constituencies. The programme further support partners who train and support citizens mobilisation in local communities affected by extractive industries.
The Education for Empowerment programme seeks to create access for all children to quality education. Emphasis is on providing quality education opportunities for marginalised groups, especially for girls, support to quality teacher training and teaching methodologies, as well as on strengthening civil society participation in education governance. These are primarily carried out through partnerships with the Ghana Education Service (GES), CSOs, NGOs and networks.
Obstacles for girls education
Many girls are excluded from getting an education in Ghana. Poverty, lack of gender sensitive learning and facilities, traditional beliefs, sexual violence and exploitation are major causes. The education programme works directly towards the eradication of these obstacles for girls education at all levels of the programme.
Support to civil society from the District to the National level
On the national level IBIS is supporting organisations, networks and platforms in shaping and influencing Education policy, Good Governance and policy on Extractive Industries.