GHANA COUNTRY PLAN
(2005 – 2007)
The African Liaison Program Initiative (ALPI) is a tripartite effort to
improve the effectiveness of US assistance to Africa. ALPI creates a venue,
outside of the traditional procurement sphere, for African NGOs, US,
and USAID, three key stakeholders in the development of Africa, to
collaboratively, in a tripartite effort, identify, discuss and address
common challenges at the policy, practice, and operational relationship
The emphasis of ALPI is at both the country level where the three stakeholder
groups come together for dialogue and collaborative work and in the US,
where policy and practice discourse is informed by country experiences.
The GCT is made up of the Pan African Organization for Sustainable
Development, the Secretariat for the team (POSDEV) – an African NGO
consortium Organization with its headquarters in Ghana and registered in
Ghana, The Ghana Association of Private and Voluntary Organizations in
Development (GAPVOD) – a national NGOs network; CARE International
and Opportunities Industrialization Centre International (OICI), Catholic
Relief Services representing international NGOs and the Team Leader of
the USAID, Democracy and Governance Team.
ALPI activities in Ghana were identified through a participatory process
defined by the GCT and implemented by POSDEV. The identified activities
will be implemented through country action plans over a two-year period.
For their longer-term impact and sustainability, ALPI activities are
expected to have synergetic (convergence of operational activities) and
strategic (mutually reinforcing results) linkages with existing
development goals, priorities, and operations of participating
organizations. (See Annexes 1 and 2 for details of plans)
Operating Principles of ALPI
ALPI is guided by the following operating principles:
Equitable power relationships demonstrated through transparent and
participatory decision-making mechanisms.
Mutual accountability as addressed through donors’,
implementers’, and beneficiaries’ needs and interests.
Shared ownership of programs evidenced through joint program design,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and feedback on technical
Mutual respect and trust evidenced through better knowledge and
understanding of each partnerís organizational realities and
recognition and value of its competencies and contributions (individual
skills, comparative advantage of the partnership).
Shared values as assessed through the convergence of partners’
organizational vision, culture, and operational priorities.
Balanced flow of information as demonstrated through the level of
two-way availability, access, flow, and exchange of critical programmatic
and institutional information through program reports, annual reports,
solicitations/offers of sectoral/technical knowledge, and briefs on
external but relevant contacts/communications.
All parties to the ALPI in Ghana have committed themselves to strengthening
development relationships among African NGOs, US PVOs and USAID/Ghana,
thereby improving the effectiveness of development policies and programming
under US foreign assistance to Ghana.
Increase information exchange and knowledge sharing;
Expand tripartite partnership learning experiences through the ALPI
country team model;
Engage in joint actions to advocate for issues and concerns of mutual
In Ghana the country team has developed activities with the specific
Enhancing the policy framework governing the NGO sector in Ghana. To this
end the GCT is supporting the national umbrella organization to pursue
the adoption of an NGO/Government policy by government and ultimately the
development of an NGO bill more acceptable to the NGO community. To
reinforce this advocacy initiative, the GCT is also seeking to address
the issue of self-regulation of NGOs by developing and executing an NGO
Standards project as a major part of its country plan. This project aims
to strengthen public confidence in the integrity, accountability as well
as the quality and development effectiveness of NGOs and Civil Society
Organizations intervening in Ghana’s development, as well as
reinforce and link up organizations that share a common set of values
and are committed to ethical conduct in their practice.
In addition, GCT is using the ALPI framework to enhance mutual
professional exchanges to promote program synergies within country
irrespective of the origin of funding. It is anticipated that this
exchange will broaden the scope of the ALPI to involve other stakeholders
in the dialogue on relationships between development practitioners.