Assembly members of Asokore Mampong Municipality have received a refresher training on proposal writing.
It was an initiative of officials of the European Union funded project; No Business as Usual (NBU), aimed at enhancing their capacity to be able to write winning proposals and seek donor support for development.
The primary focus of the training which was held on Wednesday 14th April 2021 was on the practicalities in writing a proposal.
During the break out session, THE AMBASSADOR’S SPECIAL SELF-HELP PROGRAM; a US government grant program was selected as a case study for participants to apply for by way of proposal writing.
The purpose of the grant program is to provide assistance to Small community-led projects that promise to have an immediate impact to Ghanaian communities.
It forms part of an ongoing commitment by the US government to support Ghanaian-driven development activities at the local level.
Trainer Mr. Kenneth Kwame Kankam (Researcher at Kwame Nkrumah University) took them through some of the key roles before proposal writing, elements in proposal writing; examination of need or problem, description of project, goals, project scope, timeline and implementation schedule, sustainability of project outcome.
He also schooled them on other essential items required in proposal writing.
In an exclusive interview with www.leakynews.net on the sidelines, Kenneth Kankam underlined the lack of technical know-how vis-à-vis proposal writing on the part of assembly members as one of the key factors thwarting the development of most electoral areas in Ghana.
He noted that a high number of them fall on the coffers of the assembly for development.
“If all our development burden is channeled to the assembly which has limited resources, then it means local level development will also be stagnant. If we have assembly members who have the technical know-how in writing proposal for funding, basic developmental challenges could be addressed without falling on the assembly for funding.”
Adding his voice, Presiding member for Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly Mr. Matthew Amissah called on government to imitate the steps of NBU by holding similar trainings for assembly members across the country and educate them on how to source for funds instead of relying only on the assembly.
He thanked officials of NBU Project for the training.
“I have learnt so much. I am now a better person than before. Whatever education they have given us is not bad at all.”