GIZ and the SfDR Project
The SfDR (Support for Decentralisation Reforms) builds upon the developed and proven instruments from the previous phases and focuses on broader dissemination, up-scaling and improved implementation to consolidate progress that has been made so far. The programme continues working at the local level with its partner districts as well as at the national level with the MLGRD and other relevant stakeholders. In addition, the programme focuses on the regional level to strengthen its crucial role in Ghana’s decentralisation process.
Between 2014 and 2016, SfDR supported its 40 partner districts in partnership with the Ministry of Local Governance, Rural Development (MLGRD) to implement the national SNPA guidelines to facilitate the establishment of a cadastre system and help MMDAs to generate their own funds.
Despite many achievements, progress is held back partly by inadequate prioritisation of funds in order to budget for the efficient implementation of the guidelines and partly by lack of the technical know-how. District officers are often not well prepared to mobilize the revenue, lacking the required technical skills and equipment. Most partner districts do not have the necessary resources for a comprehensive implementation of the process. Only few districts have a strategic approach in place for a gradual increase of revenue. This has necessitated the SFDR in the new phase.
Fiscal Decentralisation Unit (FDU) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Urban Development Unit (UDU) of the MLGRD, Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS), Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), and Center for Democratic Development (CDD).