It is yet another interesting and educating session for our Community-Based Facilitators (CBFs) from ten communities in Nkoranza South as they gather to go through the Microgrant Pathway Proposal Development sub phase, a key component of the Facilitated Collective Action Plan (FCAP).

Also called “Oman yie die” in Ghana, FCAP aims at strengthening local participation in the implementation of the Assembly’s medium term development plan.

Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA), a non-profit-making organization that helps West African communities that are threatened by the destructive impacts of extractive projects to take control of their futures, is collaborating with the Nkoranza South Municipal Assembly to roll out the Oman Yie Die project in Asuano, Akuma, Abuontem, Akumsa Domase, Barnufuor, Brahoho, Bredi No. 1, Bonsu, Nkwabeng and Kyekyewere.

The CBFs are currently undergoing a week-long training at Nkoranza on Microgrant Pathway Proposal Development sub phase to ensure that they can effectively spearhead the development of a full project proposal plan to implement and sustain their Microgrant pathway.

As part of the training, the communities will create a risk and mitigation plan for their pathway and elaborate on the by-laws they will need to govern their pathway effectively as well as work with a technical advisor to develop their Microgrant pathway proposals.

Topics being treated during the week-long training session are procurement guidelines, developing implementation action plan and budget, developing maintenance plan and budget, sustainability (including risk assessment and mitigation strategies), transparency and accountability, community engagement plan and Microgrant pathway bylaws.

The training will also cover areas such as measuring success, setting annual targets for the Microgrant pathway, creating data collection plans for the Microgrant pathway, and proposal review.

The participants will also be taken through the process of disbursing and ensuring transparent management of the microgrant itself.

ACA’s Community-Driven Development Team led by Nana Ama Nketia-Quaidoo and supported by Godfred Osei Nimako and So Abapa Boateng are the main facilitators of the programme. Also in attendance are four staff of the Nkoranza South Municipal Assembly.

The ACA team will also engage the Nkoranza South Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Augustine Amoateng on the smooth implementation of FCAP in the ten selected communities later during the week.