Vol.16, No.1:STRENGTHENING STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION IN DECENTRALIZED PLANNING SYSTEMS IN GHANA
08 March, 2018
A major feature of Ghana's decentralization anddevolution process is the increased involvement of local communities, the citizenry, either by themselves as individuals or through association, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), peoples' organizations (POs), civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector, businesses, among others. Indeed, the design of Ghana's decentralization program, with associated structures, such as the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and the prescribed mode of functioning, present various opportunities for popular participation1. Through available platforms, the planning process provides the major "entry point" for mainstreaming popular and mass participation in the work of the assemblies as it seeks to collate and aggregate citizens' views toward defining an agenda for addressing underdevelopment at the local level.