SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is preparing to close out its 5-year project, Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) Project.
The V4CP Project, implemented since 2016, is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and is currently being implemented in six countries including Ghana.
Working in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), V4CP is aimed at supporting civil society organizations to use evidence-based advocacy to engage with government and policy-makers on three thematic areas; Food and Nutrition Security, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), SNV have been implementing V4CP with 12 CSOs across 18 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana.
Some of the significant successes recorded by the Voice for Change Partnership project include supporting the operationalization of key policy structures such as the inauguration of the first-ever Municipal Nutrition Technical Committee in the Nanumba North Municipal Assembly to coordinate and facilitate effective implementation of the National Nutrition Policy of Ghana, the establishment and strengthening of strong sector alliances for improved service delivery such as first Regional Post-Harvest Management Platform in the Upper West Region, the Alliance for WASH Advocacy (A4WA) and the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels (GHACCO).
Additionally, in response to advocacy in a reduction in malnutrition, the programme partnered with key nutrition stakeholders including the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation to organize a national nutrition forum that is currently lobbying for the establishment of a national nutrition commission.
Through its promotion of Sustainable Sanitation for All (SS4A), V4CP and its partners are supporting COVID-19 prevention efforts by providing assistance to MMDAs like the Awutu East District Assembly, Awutu Senya Municipal Assembly, and the Nandom Municipality to engage in hand-washing and other COVID-19 preventive activities through the supply of veronica buckets, nose masks, information dissemination and several others.
Through stakeholder consultative processes, V4CP supported the Kassena Nankana West Municipal, Kassena Nankana District, Ejisu Municipal and the South Tongu District, to go beyond mainstreaming clean cooking into their Medium Term Development Plan to developing clean cooking strategic plans, while the Kwahu Afram Plains North District was supported to develop an off-grid electrification plan.
According to the Country Programme Manager of V4CP, Dramani Bukari, IFPRI has been crucial to the successes experienced in the promotion of nutrition and post-harvest loss reduction, “I must say that the involvement of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the Voice for Change Partnership Programme has helped to enhance the acceptability of policy proposals under the programme’’ He also added, “The programme will be remembered for its capacity-building powers to the extent that it has built the capacity and confidence of the twelve CSOs involved such that they are now able to stand up to policy makers and request for policy actions on behalf of the citizens.
As a matter of fact, V4CP has also conducted advocacy with the citizens themselves and one of the things it would be remembered for is that they are now community champions, who on their own, are able to engage with MMDAs in the request for policy action”
On Tuesday, 29 September 2020, the Voice for Change Partnership Programme will organize its final learning and closing event at the Accra International Conference Centre in a closed-door meeting with relevant Ministries, MMDA partners, partner CSOs and other relevant stakeholders.
|Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) Programme, SNV Ghana|
Food and Nutrition Security and Advocacy Advisor
Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) Programme, SNV Ghana