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Title: Civil Society Organizations in West Africa and Good Governance; A Case Study of Ghana.
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Dennis, A.A
University of Ghana, College of Humanities, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Keywords: CIVIL
Issue Date: Jul-2014
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: With the attainment of democracy by most African States with the help of civil society in the 1990s, the increasing role of CSOs in the promotion of good governance became an indisputable fact. This dissertation set out to examine the engagement of civil society organizations to influence good governance in Ghana and the sub-region at large. It sought to explore the trajectory of good governance in Ghana and the role played by CSOs in this process of good governance and to identify the factors behind the ineffectiveness of CSOs in Ghana. The qualitative research approach was used to gather, analyze, and interpret the data. Primary data was gathered through interviews from the Civil Society Organisations such as IDEG, WACSI, GACC and RTI Coalition; and donor agencies such as the EU and ACBF. Interviews were conducted based on the semi-structured interview format and this data was supported with relevant secondary data. The study proceeded on the hypothesis that CSOs have not critically influenced good governance in Ghana. Findings from the study however revealed that in spite of challenges such as lack of internal democracy in CSOs, funding and unhealthy competition, CSOs play a critical role in good governance agenda of Ghana. The hypothesis was therefore rejected.
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