The Project Director of Special Attention Project (SAP), a leading grassroots non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Ghana working for the rights of children with learning difficulties, has encouraged Ghanaian citizens to support through donations, to NGOs working on projects to bring social change.
Mr. Richard O. Opoku said, "with shrinking donor support, it behooves citizens to contribute their widow's mite, both in cash and in-kind contributions to help promote the sustainability of CSOs and NGOs in Ghana".
Mr. Opoku was speaking as a panelist at a two-day Stakeholder Dialogue, held at the University of Ghana to discuss local giving trends and the realities of fundraising, and NGO/CSO sustainability in Ghana.
The dialogue held as part of the National Giving Week celebrations in December also provided insights on the ongoing NGO Bill Formulation Process and provided the opportunity for CSOs/NGOs to make inputs in refining the NGO Bill.
The event was organised by STAR-Ghana Foundation, in partnership with the Ghana Philanthropy Forum.
Mrs. Teiko Sabah, Ag. Director of Policy and Programmes, STAR-Ghana Foundation added calls for a comprehensive and well-balanced NGO bill that will create an enabling environment for NGOs to thrive and survive.
Dr. Ben Ocra, Director of the Ghana Philanthropy Forum urged CSOs to give serious attention to the ongoing NGO bill formulation process, by scrutinizing and making constructive inputs in the draft bill.
The National Giving Week celebrations culminated with the 4th National Philanthropy Excellence Awards held at the University of Ghana-ISSER-Conference Hall.
The awards acknowledged the work of NGOs and individuals making significant contributions in the lives of people.