The GSAM Project’s activities are being implemented under two components.
In 50 of the 100 project districts, known as the Audit Districts, the GSAM Consortium carried out an information campaign to disseminate the results of performance audits conducted by the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) with support from the USAID. The performance audits assessed the capacity of the 50 District Assemblies for implementing capital projects along the following dimensions: project initiation and planning, budgeting, procurement and contracting, implementation and impact on beneficiaries.
In the other 50 districts, known as the Social Accountability (SA) Districts, the GSAM Consortium:
- Provides training and technical assistance to CSOs and citizens on MMDAs planning processes and how to employ ICT to conduct an intense and focused monitoring of MMDAs’ capital projects;
- Supports CSOs and citizens to employ cell phone technology and community scorecards approach to engage in detailed monitoring of MMDAs capital projects and to use the information generated to interface with their assemblies to negotiate improvements in capital project delivery; and
- Uses radio, billboards, printed scorecards, community durbars, town-hall meetings and other mechanisms as part of an information campaign to increase citizens’ awareness of the results of citizen monitoring of District Assemblies’ capital projects.