Ahead of the execution of development projects under ACA’s community-driven development (CDD) module, beneficiary communities have held their third weekly meetings to further deliberate on their collective futures.

These communities, which include Abompe, Saaman, Bososo, Kplandey, Nsutam, Dome, Dwenease and Heman in Fanteakwa South District; and Asikam and Ahwenease in Abuakwa South Municipality, are threatened by extractive activities are poised to be in control of their own development.

ACA is giving them the tools to advocate for their own vision of the future in line with the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP), which was developed and popularized in East Africa by ACA’s partner organization, Spark MicroGrants.

FCAP is a two-year program that encourages communities to create a common development vision and equips them with skills and financial resources – including a USD 9,000 microgrant – to pursue it.

Under FCAP, which is also called “Oman Yie Die” (an expression in Twi, a local Ghanaian language, which literally means community development), the beneficiary communities are expected to be holding weekly meetings for four months to adequately prepare for the final roll-out of the project, which is a partnership with local Municipal and District Assemblies.

The Municipal or District Assembly contribute a portion of the microgrant (20%) and are in turn trained to supervise and monitor FCAP initiatives while ACA comes in with 80% of the cost of each project implemented.

At the third meeting held simultaneously across the first batch of the communities under FCAP, attendees undertook Community Resource Mapping, through which they indicated the shape of their communities, detailing available resources and facilities/social amenities in the town.

This provided them the basis for arriving at priority projects to be factored into the local Assembly’s medium-term plan, a key prerequisite of FCAP.