About CSO Platform SDG Ghana
ABOUT THE CIVIL SOCIETY PLATFORM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)
Who We Are:
The Ghana Civil Society (CSO) Platform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was established in October 2015 to ensure more coordinated civil society efforts in achieving the SDGs in Ghana. The CSOs platform was institutionalised in May 2016 and includes more than 150 member organisations, consisting of coalitions, associations, unions, community-based organisations, local, national and international non-governmental organisations, and religious groups. Membership cuts across the 216 districts of Ghana and is divided into 17 SDG sub-platforms, one for each of the 17 goals.
The vision of the CSOs platform is to be the coordinating platform for CSOs in Ghana in pursuit of achieving the SDGs by 2030.
The CSOs platform’s mission is to bring civil society organisations across Ghana together to foster joint efforts, partnerships with key stakeholders and effective advocacy for achieving the SDGs at the national, regional and international levels.
The governing body of the CSOs platform is a 34-member National Steering Committee (SC) made up of a convener and one appointed co-convener from each of the 17 sub-platforms. The SC is chaired by a group of three co-chairpersons. The co-chairpersons are responsible for representing their sub-platform as well as facilitating operations and deliberations. The daily activities of the CSOs platform are coordinated by a coordinator with support from the co-chairpersons.
Each of the 17 sub-platforms is headed by a team of one convener and two to five co-conveners. The convening team coordinates activities and joint efforts of the sub-platforms, and also represents the sub-platforms. All conveners are national CSOs; co-conveners and members are a combination of international, national and local non-governmental organisations. All conveners, co-conveners and members are organisations with a proven track record of implementing projects and activities related to the SDGs.
The co-chairpersons are:
- International Child Development Programme – Mrs. Joyce Larnyoh
- Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition – Mrs. Beauty Emefa Nartey
- SEND-Ghana – Mr. George Osei-Bimpeh
Our Contribution to Achieving the SDGs in Ghana
- Building Partnerships and Strong Collaborations:
Within the past two years, the CSOs platform has made significant progress in building partnerships, ensuring stronger collaboration between CSOs and government on the SDGs, and creating public awareness of and localising the SDGs. Some past initiatives include:
- Contributing to the establishment of a multi-stakeholder partnership between government, CSOs and the private sector on the SDGs.
- Sustained representation on the National SDG Implementation Coordinating Committee (SDGs-ICC), hosted by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Data Roadmap Advisory Committee of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the National Technical Committee (set up by the NDPC to oversee the implementation of the SDGs). The CSOs platform was also given approval to sit as an observer on the High Level Ministerial Committee on the SDGs.
- Partnership with government and the private sector resulted in the participation and involvement of government institutions/representatives in programmes and events organized by the CSOs platform or by government. For example, in 2017 the CSOs platform initiated partnership with the private sector, leading to the first-ever multi-stakeholder conference on the SDGs. The multi-stakeholder conference brought together stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as CSOs and the media to dialogue on how to create a multi-stakeholder framework for the implementation of the SDGs in Ghana. A multi-stakeholder taskforce made up of representatives from government, the private sector, CSOs, media and development partners was put in place to plan and organise the conference as well as create a roadmap for multi-stakeholder partnership on the SDGs.
- A partnership was initiated with the SDGs Advisory Unit, Office of the President, leading to the CSOs participation at the first Africa Roundtable on the SDGs, organised by the SDGs Advisory Unit in December 2017 in Accra. The recommendations made by the CSOs platform were captured in the outcome statement adopted at the end of the roundtable.
- Public Awareness/Information Sharing on the SDGs:
One of the cornerstones of the CSOs platform is facilitating information sharing with members and the public. The CSOs platform provides online and offline updates and presentations on the implementation of SDGs in Ghana, as well as updates on the work of the various SDG sub-platforms.
- The CSOs platform shares information with its members via a Google group as well as a WhatsApp group. Through the Google group, members are provided with regular updates on the activities. Members are also provided with monthly reports of activities and advocacy initiatives by the secretariat.
- Regular meetings are held with external stakeholders to share information about the CSOs platform, build synergies and map out SDG efforts in the country.
- The CSOs platform, in partnership with the United nations Communication Group (UNCG), has published a pamphlet on the SDGs, titled ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) in Ghana, why they matter and how we can help’. This collaboration with UNCG is to avoid duplication in the production of materials on the SDGs.
- SDG Data Advocacy:
Following a series of workshops held in some regions of Ghana, the CSOs platform developed a national CSO data roadmap to harmonise data production and usage for effective SDG advocacy and evidence-informed decision-making. Four workshops have been held across the country to build the institutional capacity of platform members operating in the regions on access to data to inform evidence-based SDG advocacy in Ghana. More than 100 organisations participated in the workshops nationwide.
- Localising the SDGs:
The platform launched a pilot project in three districts – East Mamprusi, Garu-Tempane and Nadowli-Kaleo – aimed at setting up district SDG sub-platforms as part of efforts to localize Agenda 2030. Focal persons were selected for the three districts. The platform has plans of expanding the initiative to other districts.
The CSOs platform is the first CSO initiative to be established in Ghana without any external donor support. For the past two years, the CSOs platform has received funding support from its membership. Meetings as well as conferences and programmes organised by the CSOs platform have been made possible by support from members.
To sign up as a member of the CSOs platform, send an email to email@example.com with information on which of the SDG sub-platforms you are interested in joining, as well as the contact details of the focal person(s) for your organisation. We would also be grateful to have a list of the districts your organisation has a presence in.
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