Study on Challenges And Barriers to Public/Citizens’ Participation in Local Governance in Ghana


The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is implementing a project aimedat enhancingpublic demand and access to information on issues of governance and utilisation of public resources in eight (8) target Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana.

The project titled “Enhancing public participation and demand for accountability in local governance” is being implemented with funding support from STAR-Ghana to ensure that citizens in target MMDAs (especially women, youth and persons with disabilities), increasingly and sustainably access governance information, public goods and services through improved citizens-authorities engagement and improved responsiveness on the part of local authorities.

The project is also aimed at enhancing responsiveness by local authorities in target MMDAs to questions, concerns and development needs of local populations and increased information disclosure by local authorities on utilisation of public resources.

 As part of the project, the MFWA seeks consultants to conduct a study on the challenges and barriers to public/citizens’ participation in local governance in Ghana.

The MFWA hereby invites interested and competent consultants to submit applications for the functions specified in the scope of work below:


Scope of Work

The consultants are to conduct a study on the challenges and barriers to public/citizens’ participation in local governance in Ghana. The study conducted should provide relevant measurable data on the levels of citizens’ participation in local governance processes in the followingMMDAs:

Upper West Region: Wa Municipal Assembly, Wa East District Assembly, Wa West District Assembly, Lawra Municipal Assembly, and Sissala-East Municipal Assembly

Northern Region: West Mamprusi Municipal Assembly

Central Region: Twifo Atti-Morkwa

Western Region: Ellembele District Assembly


Specific Tasks 

The consultants are to:

  • Develop an instrument for data collection to be reviewed by the MFWA before the start of work.
  • Engage with assembly officials of the project MMDAs, media (specially the target project radio stations), CBOs, community leaders/members etc on their perspectives on challenges to citizens’ participation in local governance processes within their local assemblies.
  • To prepare and submit a detailed research report indicating – methodology, findings, interpretation, analysis and recommendations to the MFWA.


Time Frame:

The consultants will be engaged for a total of 15 working days between September 1-November 10, 2018.

Method of Submission of Application

Hardcopies of applications should reach the MFWA on or before September 3, 2018 and to the address below:

The Executive Director

Media Foundation for West Africa

30 Duade Street





August 24, 2018

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