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STAR Ghana Foundation annual report 2019

STAR Ghana delivers transformational change that advances democracy, accountability and social inclusion. What we have done We have supported civil society organisations through grants and technical assistance, and convened meetings and discussions. We have launched major funding calls on gender equality and social inclusion, media, anti-corruption and local governance, and supported work under strategic opportunity calls. We enabled 87 civil society organisations to mobilise and support citizens to take action around issues such as inclusive access to quality public goods and services, tackling corruption, and promoting good governance. With support from our grant partners, more than 5 million citizens have engaged with duty bearers at all levels of governance, including Parliament, district assemblies and traditional authorities. 'STAR Ghana is helping citizens and civil society organisations to become more active and informed, able to speak up and engage constructively with duty bearers at all levels.' We have seen these institutions respond and deliver. The work we support has led to more inclusion and accountability – and real improvements in people’s lives. At the same time, it has given citizens new knowledge, new ideas and greater confidence, enabling them and their organisations to apply their learning to other issues and areas. Lessons and challenges To make sure lessons were learned from the work, we have worked with stakeholders to reflect on their experiences and gather findings. We have compiled and shared key learning documents. A new foundation We have paved the way for transition to the STAR Ghana Foundation, a new national Ghanaian entity, which was successfully launched in November 2018. Our achievements are all the more remarkable for taking place in a difficult context of growing inequality, and dwindling funding for civil society organisations and questions around their legitimacy and impact. We have responded to these challenges. As Ghana undergoes much-needed economic development, it is important that it doesn’t come at the cost of equality, but also delivers for vulnerable people including women, children and people with disabilities. Civil society can drive this debate and amplify the voice of the marginalised. All of us at the STAR Ghana Foundation thank you for your active support and look forward to working with you in bringing about transformational change towards an equitable and prosperous Ghana. Dr Esther Ofei-Aboagye, Chair, Governing Council, STAR Ghana Foundation

Disaster strikes: all resources

Age: 7-11 but can easily be adapted for older age groups. Download all of our Disaster strikes resources. The pack includes: An assembly Curriculum links Simulation game Teachers notes Worksheets

El Salvador film: governance case studies

Case study video featuring Fatima, a community leader and Jose, a youth leader, explaining how they have developed skills to hold the local government to account and to advocate for the rights of women and young people.

Guatemala film: governance case studies

Case study video featuring volunteer community leader Marco tracking his personal journey and how governance work has influenced government policy and made new cultural centres possible.

Disaster strikes primary school assembly

This assembly will help pupils to understand more about disasters, and can be used in response to a new disaster when it happens.

The chocolate trade: follow-up discussion

As with most simulation games, the follow-up discussion is in some ways the most important part and should not be left out. Use the following questions to start the discussion and to help clarify what has been learnt from the chocolate trade game.

The chocolate trade: cocoa in Ghana

Said to be the producer of the world’s finest cocoa, Ghana relies heavily on this commodity, which is its second most important export after gold. Find out more about Ghana and fair-trade chocolate.

The chocolate trade: role play

Your pupils can take on the role of a big chocolate company, a supermarket, a shopper, a journalist, cocoa farmers or a fair-trade chocolate company in this role-play activity. 

The chocolate trade game activity sheet

This activity highlights the fact that the major cocoa-producing countries are in the poorer South and the major chocolate-producing countries are in the richer North.

The chocolate trade game instructions

This simulation game looks at the experiences of Ghanaian cocoa farmers in the cocoa trading chain.

Transformers resource pack - English

Age: 7-11 Subject areas: Geography, citizenship Download all of our English language Transformers resources. The pack includes: An assembly Classroom activities A presentation Presentation notes Real life stories Worksheets