Friends of the Nation in partnership with Oxfam, under the ‘Power of Voices in Partnership (Fair4All)’ project, organized a 2-day training on participatory monitoring of extractive resources revenue-funded projects in the Wassa Amenfi East District of the Western Region. Participants drawn from mining communities were trained on how to monitor Minerals Development Fund (MDF)-funded projects in the district.

Wassa Amenfi East Planning officer making a point during the training

Participants were taken through the participatory monitoring and evaluation framework within the local governance structure. On day 2, participants were taken to the field to monitor MDF-funded projects either completed or ongoing in the district. The field visit gave participants the opportunity to monitor and evaluate some MDF-funded projects.

An MDF Funded water station

Participants visited this water station funded with MDF

Assembly member for the Abenabena and Pewuako electoral area, Hon. Alowodor after the training stated that “this training has been useful because we now know the funding source for some projects in the district. The practice has been that the assembly treats the MDF as an Internally Generated fund, which makes it difficult for accountability actors to demand transparency and accountability. Going forward, we are going to ensure the MDF is clearly and properly accounted for”.

Hon Alowodor making a point on accounting for the MDF usage