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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in Ghana


This report analyses the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Ghana. It specifically explores the effect of the pandemic on CSOs’ operations and programmes, funding and domestic resource mobilisation and their sustainability. It also analyses donor-CSO relations as well as CSOs’ role and relationship with key stakeholders during the pandemic.
The study recommends:
• CSOs’ representation in the development and implementation of all social intervention programmes
• Investment in research and documentation on the activities and impact of CSOs in Ghana
• Diversification of financial resources, and enhancement of capacity for local resource mobilisation
• Resource pooling through alliance formation, and
• The enhancement of CSOs’ image through social accountability.
The publisher, WACSI, is a member of the Change the Game Academy Alliance.

Review by Wilde Ganzen

Very useful report for understanding the challenges of the CSO sector in Ghana, confronted unexpectedly with the full force of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition, the report shows the weaknesses of the sector, also in non-pandemic times. With very relevant recommendations for change, including this one:
“There should be CSO representation in the development and implementation of all social interventions in the country. Any social intervention policy lacking the input of civil society could not be said to have been properly developed. There should be a way to write this into some law of a sort to guide government’s behaviour in future emergencies.”
Recommended reading.


Civil Society Organisations Sustainability

Author: Solomon Kofi Amoah, a.o.

Publisher/source/organization: West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

Place and year of issue: Accra, Ghana 2021

Type: Research report

Country/region: Africa Ghana

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