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Business sector advocacy in Ghana

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COWI is managing the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC) in Ghana. The programme provides grants to private sector organisations who advocate legal and regulatory reforms to local, regional and national authorities in Ghana.
The BUSAC Fund Phase I was initiated in 2004 by the Danish International Development Agency, DANIDA, and received co-funding from the British and American development agencies, DFID and USAID. Phase II is being funded by Danida, with the hope that other donors will contribute as well.

Sustainable growthThe aim of the BUSAC Fund is to provide sustainable growth and better legal and regulatory conditions for businesses in the private sector. This is done via advocacy targeting local, regional and national authorities.
Through private sector organisations, the programme will advocate changes that remove barriers to private business expansion. This will create new jobs and more prosperity.

Innovative solutionsCOWI is currently managing the BUSAC Fund from Accra, but in Phase II will add a regional office in Tamale.

A team of Ghanaian experts, headed by an international development specialist, will implement new and innovative approaches. Their purpose is to make the grant system more effective and more results-oriented.

Initiatives will include association capacity building training. As an example in Phase I, COWI invited Ghanaian journalists to a series of workshops across regions, introducing ways to better articulate advocacy issues facing the private sector.

Appraisal and monitoringCOWI assesses the applications for grants from private businesses, and selects appropriate proposals for funding. We monitor the grant activities, financial performance and the results and impacts of the projects which have received funding.

Success story - the Ghana Journalists' Association

The association received a grant which has created a platform of trained journalists who articulate the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

One result has been that the Ministry of Trade and Industry has announced that they will modernise the NBSSI, the National Board of Small-Scale Industries, which provides business services in all districts to SMEs.

Another success has been their ability to persuade many District Assemblies to revise their fee-fixing policies to include private sector consultation prior to revenue collection - something the local authorities did not do in the past.

LAST UPDATED: 16.01.2017