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26.03.2008 General News

International Organisation To Support NGOs In Ghana

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A US-based organisation has set up operations in Ghana to offer services to African non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working among the continent's underprivileged.

Optimum Development Impact (OPDI) seeks to pioneer innovative assistance to NGOs in Ghana and Africa to undertake organisational structuring and reform to ensure maximum efficiency in their operations.

A statement signed by Ms Phyllicia Mortey, Chief Executive of OPDI, released in Accra  yesterday said the organisation's main methods of operation focus on helping new and established NGOs to deal with legal, registration issues, fiscal responsibility, accountability, grant-seeking and fundraising, among others.

'As part of its assistance to its members, OPDI is establishing a detailed categorised data bank of Ghanaian NGOs to help donor organisations easily research new NGOs. OPDI also provides customised research to donors as they may request,' the statement said.

As part of its work in Ghana, OPDI meets with each prospective member NGO to conduct a detailed assessment of the NGO's vision and mission, target group, geographic area, needs and plans.

 It said the NGO sector was filling gaps that were being left by both the public and private sectors and it was therefore essential that services that these NGO's provided were of the utmost quality to ensure Ghana's overall development.

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