Ghana News Agency sources from STAR-Ghana indicate that 38 media institutions were able to submit proposals by the deadline; whilst 171 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) submitted proposals for the Open Component in addition to 12 institutions which submitted for the Strategic Component.
The overall indicative budgets for the three calls are: Open Component – US$1.5m; Strategic Component – US$500,000; while the Media Component is US$600,000.00.
STAR-Ghana activity calendar indicates that the Project Management Team and Independent Assessors will be between January 18 and 26, assess grant applications; from January 27 – February 2, a Grant Sub-committee will review applications recommended for funding by the assessors.
The Grant Sub-committee will on February 3 meet to discuss applications and recommend grants to the Steering Committee for approval; and from February 4 to 10, STAR-Ghana will contact recommended grantees and make appointments to conduct due diligence.
The source said the due diligence will be conducted between February 11 to 17 and reports submitted to the STAR-Ghana Steering Committee by February 19.
The STAR-Ghana vetting process continues on February 21 with a Steering Committee meeting to discuss and agree on grants to be approved; and that from February 21 to 28, the STAR-Ghana Project Management Team will follow up with successful grantees and finally on March 1, Contracting and disbursements will begin.
In another development, Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, STAR-Ghana Programme Director/Team Leader in an interview with GNA explained that STAR-Ghana has a vision to see an active and engaged civil society capable of articulating citizens’ demands and an effective state that is responsive and accountable to its citizens.
He said STAR-Ghana’s goal is to develop a vibrant, well-informed and assertive civil society, which is able to contribute to transformational national development and inclusive access to high quality, accountable public services for all Ghanaians.
Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko noted that the second phase of STAR-Ghana project is a five year programme being funded by UK Aid, DANIDA and the EU with a total budget of £22million.
He explained that the second phase of STAR-Ghana is conceptualised by the Steering Committee (SC) through broad and nationwide consultations with key stakeholders. The Steering Committee, the highest level of authority under the programme is responsible for the overall management and strategic oversight and direction of STAR-Ghana.
He noted that the second phase of STAR-Ghana is managed by a consortium led by Christian Aid with Mango, Social Development Direct, Overseas Development Institute, Nkum Associates and On Our Radar.
He said the key shift from its predecessor programme is the new strategic focus on facilitating and supporting processes and interventions which aim at systemic changes in socio-economic and political institutions/structures in Ghana.
STAR-Ghana will therefore act as a Convener, Catalyst and Coordinator of civil society action towards systemic and transformational change.