ONE Africa Award is honored to award SEND-Ghana the 2010 ONE Africa Award prize for their work in advancing one or more of the Millennium Development Goals in Ghana.
SEND-Ghana is a policy research and advocacy-based organization working to promote good governance and the equality of women and men in Ghana, with a vision of engendering a Ghana where people’s rights and wellbeing are guaranteed. Through its activities, SEND-Ghana helps to build the capacity of civil society to self-organize, influence policy, improve transparency, and address access to social services. They coordinate Ghana’s MDG campaign, monitor improvements on the Goals, and issue a report that is used to highlight the importance of good governance. SEND is also part of Ghana’s aid-effectiveness forum.
In 2002, SEND-Ghana began convening civil society organizations to monitor government policy by using citizen groups – the beneficiaries of government programs. SEND’s initial mobilization effort focused on monitoring the use of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative funds. Almost a decade later, SEND continues to conduct monitoring exercises of government programs and generates policy briefs that are disseminated among Ghanaian influentials, including parliamentarians. The impact of SEND-Ghana’s work has rendered them a reliable resource, not only to civil society organizations, but also the government, in being able to effectively carry out their own development monitoring efforts. SEND-Ghana’s activities have helped to create better accountability practices, empower civil society in Ghana, and promote improved access to social services.