Policy Brief: Pathways to Citizens’ Engagement in Local Governance in Ghana: Perspectives of Metropolitan, Municipal, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs)

Studies and engagements by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) have shown there is limited access to information and low participation in local governance activities among citizens. Given that MMDCEs are the most influential personalities at the local level and constitute a key actor in the local governance space in Ghana, the MFWA sought to find out their perspectives on why citizens’ engagement, participation and access to information in local governance in Ghana is low and what can be improved.

This publication documents the perspectives/rich insights and ideas of MMDCEs on their continuing effort and struggle for improved information disclosure as well as citizens’ engagement and participation in local governance in Ghana. It draws on the input of 50 local government practitioners made up of MMDCEs drawn from across the country, Public Relations Officers (PROs), Coordinating directors, officials of the Social Accountability Unit of Ghana’s Ministry of Local

Government and Rural Development, Local Government Secretariat (LGS) and key civil society organizations at an Experience-Sharing forum facilitated by the Media Foundation for West Africa and the DW Akademie in Accra.

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