Some Initiatives by Kasa Ghana
KASA Initiative Ghana started operating in 2008 as a Civil Society Platform established by three International NGOs (CARE, SNV and ICCO) conceived initially as a project to support Civil Society, Research and Media Organizations to advocate in concerted effort towards equitable access, responsive, accountable and transparent governance in the Natural Resource and Environmental sector in Ghana.
Based on the increasing demand for the permanent existence of such a platform, KASA was registered in 2014 as an organisation limited by guarantee under Ghanaian law. KASA aims to ensure effective participation in responsible environment and natural resource governance for the realisation of rights of people particularly the marginalised to maximize benefits in Ghana. KASA achieves this by facilitating interactions among CSOs on one hand, and among CSOs, state institutions and development partners on the other hand. KASA now consists of 7 networks and coalitions and a Secretariat that coordinates its activities.
Specifically, KASA specialises in promoting consultation and participation among CSOs and between CSOs and Government and Donors on NRE issues. It explores opportunities and creates platform for CSO – government engagement in the formulation and review of national policies as well as discourse analyses in NRE sector.
KASA has initiated a number of processes that have contributed to institutionalising and strengthening participation of civil society in policy review and coordinated engagement and concerted voice of CSOs in the NRE policy processes. Some of the relevant policies influenced include:
KASA facilitated the recognition and participation of CSOs in Government led annual NRE sector reviews which led to increased CSOs representation from two in 2008 to 16 in 2013. In addition, 14 CSOs coalitions/networks now have common platform for peer review, shared learning and joint advocacy on common issues.
KASA’s research and evidence based advocacy has been recognized by policy makers as important contribution to strengthening citizen participation, transparency and accountability in the management of natural resource in Ghana.