The concept of Community Development Monitors in advancing citizens demand for accountability could achieve greater results if communities provide direct support to these monitors. So far 45 CDMs have received training to support the District assemblies in monitoring capital projects and are providing voluntary support in this regard. “It is voluntarily but it cost me some amount of resources, for example, I buy credit to make calls and whatsapp to the assembly”. Some CDMs are already complaining of resource constraints that could affect their effectiveness.
During the GAS audit Dissemination with the Ahindogo group, the group resolved to commit Ghc 20.00 monthly from their social fund contribution beginning from March 2020 to support the activities of community development monitors.
The group has already fulfilled its commitment for March, 2020 by donating an amount of Ghc 20.00 to the community development monitor to facilitate communication between the District Assembly and the monitor on capital development projects and other developmental activities in the community.
Mr. Yakubu Ayuba who received the amount was grateful to the group and promised to use the amount for the intended purpose. He further encouraged other groups to emulate the example of the Ahindogo group.
Community initiates resource mobilization to furnish CHPS compound
The decision of the Kintampo South Assembly to construct a CHPs compound in Agyina community from March-September, 2016 came as welcoming news for the entire community. Agyina in a farming community located in the Kintampo South District where the GSAM project also operates.
Unfortunately, the project which was completed in September, 2017 has since not been in use due to the inability of the Assembly and the Community to furnish the completed structure with necessary logistics for health operations.
As part of the GSAM activities, the project was randomly selected for an audit which was conducted in March, 2019. The reports revealed majority of citizens were happy about the project and believed that when completed will address their needs by enhancing health care delivery in the community.
These findings caught the attention of most stakeholders who expressed worry that the structure was not been used. The unit committee Chairman for Agyina (Yaw Kodan) who was present at the meeting expressed similar worries but assured the participants of his commitment to collectively initiate a community resources mobilization agenda with other community leaders towards furnishing the structure.
The progress of this agenda has been very positive and encouraging. The community organized a fund raising forum where community members donated different sums of money to constructed two tables, four (4) chairs and 15 benches.
The community has also officially written to the Ghana health service to post personnel to the CHPS compound as soon as possible.
The members of the Agyina community appreciate the initiative of the unit committee chairman and other stakeholders including GSAM for their support.
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