The £22m programme is funded by UK Aid, DANIDA and the EU.
The second phase of STAR-Ghana is managed by a consortium led by Christian Aid with Mango, Social Development Direct, Overseas Development Institute, Nkum Associates and On Our Radar. The consortium brings together a range and depth of expertise combined with a shared vision to establish STAR-Ghana as a Ghanaian owned and led entity mobilising active citizens and civil society around accountability.
The current phase of STAR-Ghana builds on previous programmes including the first phase of the STAR-Ghana programme (2010-2015); the Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-rap) (2005-2011); KASA (2008-2010); the Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI) (2004-2010); and the Civil Society Governance Fund (CSGF) (2004-2010).
The programme has four main outputs as follows :
Output 1 – STAR2 providing effective convener, catalyst and coordinator (CCC) role. STAR2 will develop and provide analysis to drive active citizenry. This will primarily be through a supportive, convening role or by catalysing interventions, but where needed also as a pro-active player through social accountability and influencing techniques, to develop the effectiveness of dialogue and improve strategies for reaching and involving women and excluded groups.
Output 2 – Effective strategic partnerships in place with policy level organisations and Parliament. Output 2 will focus on supporting and identifying strategic partnerships with a small number of national organisations with the desire and ability to influence national reform agendas and the ability to support smaller or local organisations and movements to channel and synthesize local issues to the national level.
Output 3 – STAR2 grant component effectively managed, helping grant partners to link citizens and local issues to policy level. This output builds on the systems developed during STAR1 to refine grant approaches, with focus on more prioritised, result-oriented and realistic intervention logics. Equally, there will be a strengthened focus on linking local initiatives with national debates and issues.
Output 4 – Ghanaian owned, strategic and fundable organisation established. Output 4 aims to transition STAR-Ghana to a corporate body within the first half of the programme.