Water is life, a fact true and clear as day light. You just forgo water for two or four days and you are consigned. So vital is water for the sustenance of life and for other multi-purpose activities that, governments the world over are compelled to commit huge chunk of national budgets for the provision of water.

In Africa, the over exploitation of land for farming, fishing, mining and quarrying and for commercial and industrial activities coupled with the amazing climatic changes, impact negatively on water bodies- rivers, lakes, streams and ponds etc. Thus making them unsafe sources of water for drinking, bathing and laundering among others.

Ghana, supported by UNICEF, WHO and the International Water Safety Network, is honoured to host the just ended three – day workshop for west Anglophone countries of the Gambia, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Nigeria on simple to use HWTS technology under the theme “Scaling-up HWTS-National Policy Environment and Integration strategies .

Based on household water treatment and safe storage, the technology has contributed significantly to around 80 percent of households in Ghana using improved sources of drinking water and to the promotion of hand washing with soap particularly in schools called the WASH Splash, let alone appropriate disposal of human excreta as accepted norm  of  hygienic and sanitation practices.

With increased cases of many water borne diseases including diarrhoea accounting for 10, 000 deaths of under five year olds annually and the periodic cholera outbreaks recorded in 2012 alone, hope for some amount of reduction is near.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Akwasi Opong-Fosu, could not be more forthcoming when addressing the workshop, commended the  efforts being made by the participating governments in making water from doubtful, unsafe sources, cleaned and safe for households.

It’s heart-warming that, all that the workshop is seeking to achieve is to scale up or heighten the use of the technology in all nooks and crannies of urban and rural communities.


The ball is now in the court of participating governments’ countries. The expectation is that they will gather courage and exercise the political will to implement various resolutions reached at the workshop for the betterment of their people.

Minister Pledges Ghc 50,000 Towards Vocational Development

Mr Emmanuel Kojo Agyekum, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development pledged an amount of GHc 50,000 towards the construction of a school building for the Community Development and Vocational Technical Institute at Kpong.

Mr Agyekum said government has allocated GHc 400,000 towards the construction of the first phase of the two-storey classrooms block, estimated at GHc 1.3 million for Vocational and Technical schools.

The Minister made this known at a fundraising ceremony for the construction of a school building and acquisition of a school bus for the Community Development and Vocational Technical Institute at Kpong, in the Eastern Region.


Mr Agyekum said it is the desire of the Ministry that the capacities of the youth are enhanced through skills training and development, adding that, the initiative to construct the building would encourage the youth to acquire value added technical and vocational skills for gainful employment.

He said Vocational and Technical education is one of the most effective human resource development strategies in the country to train the technical workforce for rapid industrialization and national development.

“Countries like Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and China have developed through rapid industrialization based on the development of technical and vocational education”, he added.

Mr Agyekum said people are of the opinion that vocational and technical education are for average students and that the total development of the nation could not be accomplished without the contribution of vocational and technical education.

He said the objective of technical and vocational training is to offer students the opportunity of employment, as well as being self-employed, and appealed to all and other organizations to assist in the construction of the school’s development projects.

Ms Akua Sena Dansua, Former Minister of Tourism pledged GHc 500 and solicited an amount of GHc 5000 from Zoomlion Company to assist in the construction of school’s infrastructural needs.

Ms Dansua said under her tenure, she instituted a special skills development programme to train young girls in vocational and technical education where 80 students of the institute’s were on full scholarship.

She encouraged all and sundry to contribute towards the needs of the school since education was the bedrock of a nation’s development.

Mrs Felicia Botchway, Principal of the institute’s said the school was established in 2002, and that, about 300 students had passed out successfully and gainfully employed.

Mrs Botchway said the institute now has a population of 320 students, made up of 80 boys and 240 girls, and that, 80 of them are on full scholarship.

She said some of the courses offered include Cookery, Dressmaking, Home Management, Hairdressing, General Electricals, Auto-Vehicle Mechanics, Building and Construction, Carpentry, Plumbing and Batik Tie and Die.

She thanked those who supported in the construction of the institute’s projects, adding that, the gesture would help meet its developmental needs and improve academic studies.


The ceremony witnessed other activities such as choreography, cultural display and the presentation of awards to some staff, as well as an exhibition of student’s creative works.

French Development Agency Assist MMAs

French Development Agency Assist MMAs

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the French Development Agency (AFD) in Ghana have officially handed over vehicles and equipment to some four selected Ghanaian cities at a ceremony in Accra.

The Four cities— Tamale, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and Ho—were selected under the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Programme GUMPP) which forms part of the continuous support from France to the MLGRD to enhance the decentralisation process, strengthen the capacity of Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) and make some investment resources available to them in order to improve the lives of their people.
A Deputy Minister, MLGRD, Hon. Baba Jamal, on behalf of the Minister, Hon. Akwasi Oppong Fosu, together with the Resident Manager of AFD in Ghana, Mr Bruno LECLERC, jointly presented the items.
Speaking at the ceremony Hon.  Jamal expressed gratitude to the AFD for their support and the ties between the two countries.
He said GUMPP was a programme financed by the AFD with a total amount of € 40.5 million, approximately 90 million Ghana cedis, adding that the funding was a loan to the Government of Ghana with a Grant element of €0.5 million, approximately 1.1 million of Ghana cedis.
This, he said, was to support the MLGRD and the four Assemblies to finance their priority investment projects and support their capacity building programmes.
He said in Tamale, a 1.5km storm-drain and   a retention pond would be constructed at Gumani to reduce flooding, while the Aboabo market would be upgraded and schools and public facilities constructed to improve sanitation.
In the Kumasi Metropolis, Hon. Jamal said the programme would finance the reconstruction of the Atonsu market to be developed into a Southern Trading Centre, the old Tafo Market into a Northern Trading Centre and the Asawase market into a Central Trading Centre while the landfill at Oti would be extended by the construction of new cells to improve sanitation in the city.
He said the GUMPP would finance the construction of a Transit Terminal for Haulage Trucks at Mpintsin-Sekondi to ease the traffic congestion, among other things, while the Ho central market would be reconstructed in addition to the construction of an engineered landfill plant for solid and liquid waste treatment and the construction of an abattoir.
Hon. Baba Jamal urged the beneficiaries to cultivate the culture of maintenance to ensure that the vehicles were well-maintained.
In his remarks, Mr Leclerc said under the programme, support measures would be provided to include urban management, street naming and addressing, property naming and valuation and other training programmes.
Mr Leclerc noted that, the intervention under the GUMPP would enhance the living conditions of the people of the four cities and strengthen urban management in the Assembles, adding that urban development and support to Local Government was one of the three sectors of concentration of France in Ghana.
“Aside the support from the French Embassy to the decentralisation process, on-going AFD financing in this sector amounts to more than €200 million and this includes contribution to the District Development Facility (DDF), financing of urban transports, environmental sanitation and rural water and sanitation projects,” he said.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Captain Anthony Cudjoe from the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, thanked the Ghana Government and the AFD for the initiative and promised to work hard in building a better nation.

Environmental Sanitation Campaign Launched In Accra

The Environmental Sanitation Campaign under a student Industrial Attachment Programme was, yesterday, launched in Accra.

The programme which is under the theme: ‘Improved Sanitation: The Role of Students, Media and Stakeholders’ is a unique career pathfinder designed to help students find and develop their career pathways through attachment opportunities in organisations in Ghana while on vacation.

The main objective of this initiative is to expose students to the world of work during their internships and also to add their quota to the environmental sanitation in the communities in which they lived.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Hon. Akwasi Opong-Fosu, indicated that, the MLGRD had prioritised environmental sanitation as a key deliverable area and that the launch of the initiative formed part of practical steps to ensure that cities and towns were clean and safe for economic activity.

The thinking behind this initiative, Mr Opong-Fosu said, was to help stop the perennial flooding and also break the chain of transmission of preventable diseases like cholera which had become an albatross hanging on the necks of the city.

He noted that, in spite of the efforts by the Local Authorities and individuals, the sanitation in the cities and towns still left much to be desired.

“Access and coverage of sanitation services are woefully lagging behind demand. Increase in population and modern lifestyles have made the situation even worse”, he added.

Hon. Opong-Fosu said it was disheartening to note that, the few bold ones who tried to stop their friends and neighbours from indulging in such acts of indiscipline were always verbally attacked.

According to him, cholera had become endemic in many parts of the country due to lack of basic sanitary practices and lack of public awareness among the populace.

He noted that, even though the various Metropolitan, Municipal District Assemblies(MMDAs) were doing their outmost best to solve the sanitation problems in the cities and towns, the poor attitude of the people towards the environment was seriously militating against all these good efforts.

In her opening remarks, the Chairperson, Dr Doris Yaa Dartey, called on the students to see this initiative as a great opportunity in order to impact positively on the sanitation menace in the country.

“We proudly say Ghana is the Gateway to West Africa, yet we cannot manage our sanitation effectively”, She added.
In his contribution, Mr Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) urged the media to use their platform to promote environmental sanitation in the county.

Mr Monney said environmental sanitation in the county should be taken seriously, adding that is a collective responsibility.


Present at the launch were the Acting Head of the  Institute of Local Government Studies, Mr Callistus Mahama, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Trade and Industry, Hon. Nii Lamptey Vanderpuye and a Deputy Information Minister,  Hon Murtala Muhammed.


  1. Carry out research and continuous evaluation of the activities of MLGR and ensure that the details of the Ministry’s activities are communicated appropriately to all relevant and wider public.
  2. Decide the appropriate means of communication on the various issues to be addressed on;
  3. a) Website
  4. b) Newsletter
  5. c) E-mail
  6. d) Personal letter
  7. e) Telephone
  8. Prepares and supervises the production of publicity brochures, handouts, photographs, films and multimedia programs
  9. Develops and maintains good working relations with the media, including National papers, Magazines, Radio and Television
  10. Organizes special events such as press conferences, exhibitions, open days and tours
  11. Speaks at public presentations, press conferences, radio and TV interviews and meetings
  12. Ensures that the Ministry’s press releases are timely distributed to their appropriate quarters.
  13. Maintain and update information on the MLGRD website.
  14. Use appropriate methods to maintain the identity, name, reputation of the Ministry.
  15. Answers enquiries from individuals, journalists and other organizations.


  1. Performs any other related duties as may be assigned

Internal Audit Unit (IA)

  1. Caries out assurance and professional evaluation of the activities of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
  2. Ensures  that the system of the internal controls provide reasonable assurance to management

iii.              Provides a means for keeping the management of MLGRD fully informed about problems and deficiencies related to the administration of its programmes and operations and the necessity for appropriate corrective action

  1. Facilitates the prevention and detection of fraud, abuse and waste in all MMDAs
  2. Ensures that risks are adequately managed


  1. Ensures that financial, managerial and operating information are reported on internally and externally accurate, reliable, timely and comply with the laws, policies, plans, standards and procedures.

Human Resources (HR)

  1.       Develop a data base on the human resource of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
  2.      Develop a networked infrastructure for all HR practitioners, including those involved in salary administration in the MMDAs.

iii.       Develop appropriate guidelines and mechanisms to assist MMDAs with respect to their input into IPPD and to monitor compliance with guidelines

  1.     Develop and maintain an effective civil human resource information system and data-base, with a view to develop profile studies and historical trends for use in manpower planning, utilization and research
  2.         Produce and publish as and when required, documents containing the profiles and other relevant information on all members of staff of the Ministry.

Ashanti Region

Dr. Kwaku Agyemeng-Mensah ( Regional Minister)

Hon. Anima Wilson (Deputy Reg. Minister)

The Ashanti Region is centrally located in the middle belt of Ghana. It lies between longitudes 0.15W and 2.25W, and latitudes 5.50N and 7.46N. The region shares boundaries with four of the ten political regions, Brong-Ahafo in the north, Eastern region in the east, Central region in the south and Western region in the South west.
The region has a total of 27 metropolitan, municipal and districts with Kumasi as its capital.

The region occupies a total land area of 24,389 square kilometres representing 10.2 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. It is the third largest region after Northern (70,384 sq. kms) and Brong Ahafo (39,557 sq. kms) regions. The region has a population density of 148.1 persons per square kilometre, the third after Greater Accra and Central Regions. More than half of the region lies within the wet, semi-equatorial forest zone.


The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development exists to promote the establishment and development of a vibrant and well resourced decentralized system of local government for the people of Ghana lo ensure good governance and balanced rural based development.

This will be done by: Formulating, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and co-ordinatinq reform policies and programmes to democratize governance and decentralize the machinery of government.

Reforming and energizing local governments to serve effectively as institutions for mobilizing and harnessing local resources for local national administration and development

Facilitating the development of all human settlements through community and popular participation. Facilitating the promotion of a clean and healthy environment.

Facilitating horticultural development.


Improving the demographic database for development planning and management.

Promoting orderly human settlement development.

The Ministry believes in efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.

Focus on the above will be based on two divisions:

Local government – Strong Structures, Revenue Mobilization and Collection, and Sanitation.

Rural Development – Rural roads, Information and Communications Technology, Tourism and Agric Processing.


The following objectives will be pursued by the Ministry in the Medium term.

To formulate appropriate policies and programmes to accelerate the implementation of decentralization of the machinery of government. This is to avoid re-centralization of government machinery.

To improve upon the human resources and institutional capacities for all levels of the decentralized government machinery (District, town and Unit)

To improve the capacity of communities and local government institutions to mobilize, and manage resources for accelerated rural and urban development.

To promote community based registration, collation, analysis and publication of data on all binds and deaths occurring in Ghana.

To promote human development and sustain the orderly and healthy growth ol rural and urban settlements in Ghana.

To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of local government institutions tor improved management performance


3.1 Local Government Service and Decentralisation

As part of Government’s commitment to deepening democracy and local development, 46 new districts were created.

Based on the Human Resource capacity and Physical Infrastructure Audit Report, the Service recruited 2,602 Local Government Service Professional staff. Appointment and postings of District Coordinating Directors (DCDs) and Heads of Departments are on­going. This is geared towards developing and retaining human resource capacity at National, Regional and District levels. Additionally, the secretariat developed, validated, printed and distributed Human Resource Policy, Scheme of Service (SoS), Conditions of Service (CoS) and Human Resource recruitment guidelines for members of the Local Government Service and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The implementation of the communication strategy of Local Government Service, a framework for the management of the Local Government Service website and the communication strategy were developed. Public education & sensitization (TV, Radio programme) were also organized and Local Government Service posters and brochures produced.

Reports on the revision, amendment and consolidation of all local government legislation issues to ensure consistency in the implementation of Acts 462, 656 and L.I. 1961 by a team of experts were completed and ready for implementation. The revision of these relevant Acts is to facilitate inter-service collaboration of the Local Government System.

Sensitization workshops on the role of Local Government Service at all levels were held by the Secretariat to operationalize the Local Government Service. In addition, Trainer of Trainees workshops on generic guidelines for the establishment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies departments and Human Resource policies and protocols were also held.

The Service completed the merger and integration of the Departments of Social Welfare and Community Development into one department in 31 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.

The National M&E Framework to facilitate M&E across Districts as well as the review and update of Local Government Service Medium Term Development Plan (MDTP) 2012-2015 for Capacity Building and Technical Support to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies , Regional Coordinating Councils and Ministries Departments and As are on-going.

In collaboration with Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and other stakeholders, the Secretariat facilitated the training of members of the Regional and District Budget Committees which saw the successful implementation of the Composite Budget in 2012.

3.2 District Development Facility

An amount of GH₵157.25 million was disbursed to MMDAs in 2012 based on the 2009 and 2010 Functional Organisational Assessment Tool (FOAT) assessment results. This amount transferred to the MMDAs was made up of GH₵137.75 for the District Development Facility (DDF) and GH₵19.50 million was for Urban Development Grant.

As at the end of December, 2012 a total of 1,030 projects were undertaken in the following sectors. Education -359, Health – 96, Sanitation – 106, Water -117, Roads -46, Sanitation -168, Energy – 32, Economic – 64, Security – 5 and Governance – 37. The   2011   FOAT   assessment,   which   also   includes   the   assessment for   Urban Development Grant (UDG) was completed in November, 2012

As part of implementation of the Communication Strategy of the DDF Secretariat, a draft documentary on projects/programmes of DDF and FOAT assessment was developed.

Generic Capacity Building component of the DDF-Generic training programme for 10 thematic areas identified as weakness by FOAT 2006, 2008 and 2009 targeted for all MMDAs were also carried out to build the capacity of the staff of the MMDAs. These areas are Public Procurement Management, Project management, Documentation and Records Keeping, Management and Leadership Skills, Minutes and Report Writing, Financial Regulations, Financial Management & Accounting, Revenue Mobilisation, Database Management and human Resource Management.

3.4 Ghana School Feeding Programme

A National School Feeding Policy has been initiated to build coherence and sustainability in the delivery of the School Feeding Programme. An agric consultant was also engaged to strengthen the linkage of the programme to agriculture.

The Ghana School Feeding Programme also collaborated with National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) to supply local rice to feed all beneficiary schools. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant was engaged to strengthen the M&E of the programme at all levels.

The programme is currently covering 1,582,402 pupils in 4,545 beneficiary schools. Situational Analysis on nutrition of the programme was conducted. Service Providers (Caterers) were trained in food safety, nutritional best practices nationwide, and Menu charts were developed for all MMDAs to reflect districts food baskets.

3.5 Department Of Community Development

The Department effectively and efficiently implemented the formal apprenticeship/tracer programmes for 24 No. Community Development Vocational/Technical Institutes (CDV/TIs) to enhance human resource capacity. In addition; 2 workshops were also organised on Competency Based Training Skills for 437 beneficiaries.

Currently, the programme covers 2,430 students comprising 220 males and 2,210 females. One hundred and ninety-seven Girls from poor households In 59 districts were provided with scholarship to pursue studies in male dominated subject areas at the CDV/TIs.

3.6 Births and Deaths Registry

The total registration of births as at 31* December, 2012 was 715,271 births which comprises of 426,143 fresh registrations and 289,128 late registrations. Whiles the total registration of deaths sum up to 88,972 consisting of 54,286 fresh registrations and 34,686 late registrations.

3.7 Department of Parks and Gardens

The department supplied 21,500 tree seedlings to schools and other organized people in the Communities to undertake tree planting. Maintenance of all landscaped areas of all Roundabouts, Road medians and Road shoulders in our cities and towns, Castle Gardens, State House, Flagstaff House, Asomdwee Park and Peduase Lodge were all carried out.

In collaboration with National Security and Botany Department of the University of Ghana, the Nationalism Park and Biodiversity Information Facility were established respectively.

3.8 Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit

Two engineered landfills have been completed in Tema and Sekondi/ Takoradi, A 900 ton capacity recycling and compost plant at Adjen-Kotoku in the Ga West Municipality under a public private partnership with Zoomlion Co. Ltd has been completed and is operational. This initiative will be replicated in other Assemblies especially Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies.

Rural Sanitation Model and Strategy [RSMS), Millennium Acceleration Framework (MAP), NESSAP and Education and Communication (NEC) documents were developed to deepen education on environmental sanitation. 200No. motorbikes, 4No. Vehicles and 1ONo. Laptops were provided to support CLTS and behaviour change. World Toilet Day was celebrated as part of awareness creation on environmental sanitation and hand washing with soap campaign was also launched. The department developed a website to propagate information on its activities.

3.9 Centre for Urban Transportation

The Centre collaborated with Ministry of Transport and the Urban Development Unit to develop the Road Traffic Regulation. It also facilitated the formation of Urban Passenger Transport Units as well as their integration into the participating MMAs as Transport Departments under LI 1961. The Centre also provided advisory services on Non-Motorized Transport for Tema Metropolitan Assembly.

In order to have a suitable metropolitan public regulatory body for urban transport in Accra, an interim Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (Pre- GAPTE) Unit has been created with core staff in place.

3.10 Urban Poverty Reduction Project

The project completed the preparation of 60 Community Business and Development Plans, Three Hundred and Sixty representatives of local government institutions, civil society and the private sector were trained to contribute to employment-oriented public-private-partnerships. In addition, 15,000 properties of 14 MMDAs were re-valued and valuation list submitted. The roll based revenue management systems were installed in each MMDA and their staffs were trained in its operations.

Two Hundred and Thirty- Six (236) socio economic infrastructure have been completed and handed over to beneficiary communities. These include 94 educational facilities, 30 health facilities, 47 water and sanitation projects, 51 market facilities and 14 ICT and resource development centres.

3.11 Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP)

36 of the sub-projects under the GSOP, made up of 17 social infrastructure subprojects, 1 feeder road of length 6.4km, 6 rehabilitated dams and 12 climate change interventions were completed. In addition, 145 others made up of 23 social infrastructures, 35 feeder roads of total length 114.2 km and 83 climate change activities are on-going and are at various levels of completion, ranging between 35% and 75% complete. 22,873 unskilled and 2,500 skilled workers respectively were employed at a total cost of GH₵ 1,116,450.94.

3.12 Local Enterprises and Skills Development Project [LESDEP)

In 2012, LESDEP provided 44,735 unemployed persons with skills training in vocational, entrepreneurship and business development services. The beneficiaries have been provided with set-up equipment and have established businesses in various trades.

3.13 Food Security and Environment Facility [FSEF)

In 2012, the Project supported 930 farmers (344 men, 586 women) to adopt improved soil management method (“Zai” method), 550 farmers have also been assisted with farm inputs such as maize and soybeans in East Mamprusi, Builsa, Garu and East Gonja Districts. 422 farmers (232 men and 190 women) have been trained in production on pre-harvest and post-harvest management of onions. In addition, Fourty (40) farmers from Sapeliga, 20 from Saka and 30 from Nagbere (23 male and 67 female) were sent to SARI Research Centre for demonstration on two main onion varieties: Bawku red and the hybrid almi.

For the period under review, the Winaba community were also exposed to improved onion storage structures.

  • Nine (9) onion storage facilities have been completed for use by onion beneficiaries in 9


  • Busa and Sing Communities in Wa Municipal have been introduced to Cage fish Culture.
  • A total of 12 cages; with a distribution of 9 cages to Busa and 3 cages to Sing

communities provided.

  • Over 1000kg of tilapia have been harvested from 12 cages within the period January to

December 2012.

  • Livestock demonstration house in beneficiary communities in Kasena Nankana West

District have been established. The use of local herb (ethno-veterinary)-to control

livestock diseases and pests have also been introduced.

  • Two thousand (2000) grafted mangos (4 for each household) were provided to

beneficiaries for cultivation under the Natural resource project in Bongo District.

  • Supported 184 women with groundnut seed and trained 233 women on the adoption and

use of mud stove in the Bongo District.

4.0 OUTLOOK FOR 2013

4.1 Local Government Service

In pursuit of its mandate, the LGS shall ensure that the 216 MMDAs are staffed with substantive Coordinating Directors and Heads of Departments.

Coordinating Directors and Heads of Departments will also be appointed for merged and established departments under Schedule I of L.L 1961.

In addition, the Service will establish Regional HR departments, 150 MMDAs HR Units and District Works Department In all MMDAs. It will also integrate departments under Schedule II in LI. 1961 into the MMDAs and develop sector-wide results based M&E system for all RCCs and MMDAs to establish baseline indicators as well as implement the report on LG legislations review.

The Service will establish Management Information System (MIS) in the LOSS and HR database Management System (HRDBMS) to be linked with 10 selected MMDAs as a pilot programme and the subsequent Incorporation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Database (IPPD) into the LGSS management in at least 5 MMDAs.

Procurement of equipment for 50 MMDAs for the EU-Human Resource Support Programme (HRSP) is on-going whiles Terms of Reference (ToR) and Request for Proposal for Human Resource database update will be completed.

4.2 District Development Facility

A total amount of US$66.30million will be mobilised and allocated to MMDAs based on FY 2011 FOAT Assessment. The secretariat will recruit consultants to conduct 2012 FOAT assessment for both DDF and UDG.

4.3 Ghana School Feeding Programme

The National School Feeding Policy will be launched and implemented. The programme will also collaborate with National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) to introduce other food commodities other than rice.

4.4 Department Of Community Development

In pursuance of its mandate, the Department of Community Development shall transfer employable and sustainable skills to 6,000 youth through TVET, The scholarship programme shall be extended to additional 300 girls from poor households in 59 selected District Assemblies. Vocational and entrepreneurial skills training will be provided for 800 rural community groups. In addition, the Department will organize income generating activities for 400 rural community groups and train 120 Community Educators at the Rural Development College.

4.5 Births and Deaths Registry

The Births and Deaths Registry shall continue to provide vital statistics by way of demographic data for development planning. It will also improve registration coverage in the country and expand the Community Population Register Programme. Additional Registration centres in rural communities will be established and the computerization Programme of the Registry completed.

4.6 Department of Parks and Gardens

The Department will continue to promote landscape beautification of built and natural environment and collaborate with MMDAs to develop programmes for floral beautification of cities and towns. It will acquire lands to establish public parks and promote ecotourism to generate revenue for Assemblies and jobs for the youth. The Department will also pursue actions to combat the effects of global warming by promoting a national tree planting campaign involving all stakeholders.

The department will continue its collaboration with the Botany Department of the University of Ghana and other stakeholders to document the country’s flora. It will further develop and maintain a national information facility for sharing digital biodiversity data, initiate programmes to identify threatened economic and ornamental plants for multiplication and conservation. In addition, the department will promote public education on their conservation and importance of plants for human survival.

The department will concentrate on the conservation of threatened plants and restoration of plants diversity as well as communicating its importance under the Global strategy for plants conservation programme.

4.7 Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit

The Unit will continue to expand Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach to cover all regions and roll out results based M&E system for Environmental Sanitation. It will also develop Public – Private Partnership interventions in waste management, IE&C materials and also implement awareness raising activities at National, Regional and District levels aimed at changing attitudes and behaviour of citizens on environmental sanitation. Additionally two (2) Waste to Energy Plants will be constructed in Kumasi and Cape Coast

The Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit will support MMDAs to legally acquire treatment and disposal sites and facilities and facilitate the review of bye-laws of MMDAs and their enforcement. It will also organize the National Environmental Sanitation Conference, Sanitation Week and the World Toilet Day.

4.8 Centre for Urban Transportation

The Centre will review benchmark indicators for the Ghana Urban Transport Project and conduct research into current transportation trends, challenges and sustainable transport systems.

4.9 Integrated Rural Development Project

The project will provide fifty six basic social infrastructure which includes 12 classroom blocks, 12boreholes for the provision of potable water, 8 teachers and nurses’ quarters, 24 rural clinics and maternity homes.

The Project will provide credit to farmers to cover fertilizer, improve planting materials, agro- chemicals, simple agricultural plants and machines. In addition, the project will also support farmers to acquire intermediate means of transport to facilitate the transportation of food stuffs to storage points and markets. Also farm level and community level facilities will be constructed.

4.10 Ghana Social Opportunities Project

The project will implement the labour intensive public works made up of 424 subprojects including the rehabilitation of 124 Feeder Roads of length 467.75km and 50 Dams/dugouts as well as 128 Climate Change Interventions covering 1,051ha in 40 Districts. It will also strengthen DA and Community Monitoring of Social Protection Interventions.

4.11 Street Naming and Property Addressing

To improve revenue generation at the local level, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) would be supported in Street Naming and Property Addressing System.

4.12 Local Enterprises and Skills Development Project (LESDEP)

The program will focus more on value addition skills- based business models in order to

enhance the economic development and sustainability of the business.

4.13 Food Security and Environment Facility

The project will continue supporting farmers to introduced the “Zai” method and other sustainable soil management practice. These farmers will also be supported with inputs to increase production and at least 10 communities will be introduced to dry season farming in Builsa, East Gonja, East Mamprusi, Garu-Tempani Districts under Sustainable farming techniques programme.

Farmers will also be assisted to introduce improved variety of onions under the Onion Farmers livelihood and value chain improvement project in Bawku West.

The project in collaboration with UDS will improve the production of guinea fowls in selected communities in Nadowli and Wa Municipality.

There is also going to be improvements in housing and feed supplements for small remnants in the Wa East District


The District Development Facility is being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. 

The District Development Facility is a performance-based grant system.

The District Development Facility was started as part of the government’s efforts to improve the performance of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in terms of efficiency, transparency and accountability.

The overall goal of the District Development Facility is to ensure an efficient provision of basic community infrastructure and service delivery through judicious use of resources. Its specific objectives are to:

  • Mobilise additional financial resources for MMDAs
  • Provide incentives for performance for complying with the national legal and regulatory framework
  • Establish a link between performance assessment and capacity building support
  • Ensure a harmonized system for investment funding and capacity building support to MMDAs 

The District Development Facility is available to all assemblies but the resource allocation is based upon actual performance which is verified in an annual evaluation called the Functional Organisation Assessment Tool (FOAT). In this evaluation, the performance of all assemblies are determined against predetermined agreed upon indicators. The FOAT assessment is implemented by independent consultancy firms on behalf of the ministry.

Please download here a short brochure on the District Development Facility. It can easily be printed locally by partners and stakeholders.

The District Development Facility is currently supported by the following Development Partners:

  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
  • Kreditanstallt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Starting from 2011, MLGRD has expanded its performance-based grant system to district assemblies by introducing an Urban Development Grant (UDG). This grant is available to the 46 Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies (MMAs) as of 2011. This grant is part of MLGRD’s overall Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP) which is supported by World Bank (WB).


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– Approved Model Goods NCT Tender Document for LGCSP

– Approved Model Works NCT Medium Contracts-Admeasurement Tender Doc for LGCSP

– Approved small works contracts -Price Quotation LGCSP


– Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP)

Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP) in Pdf


 – Ghana National Decentralization action plan

Download Ghana National Decentralization action plan (in Pdf)