This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8258: Informing the policy process:
decentralisation and environmental democracy in Ghana.
A district-based information system in Ghana is opening up the policy
process to debate, dialogue and consensus building. Previously, rural
communities had often been indifferent to policies, meaning they were
often not put into practice. The new system is a simple, participatory
geographic information system (GIS). Its key features build on the local
knowledge of the community, to collect data on natural resources and
livelihood activities. Local networks of producers are encouraged to
develop and state their demands for policy change and for information,
and to organise platforms to put these demands to policy makers. The
system is in use at the North Kintampo district assembly. The district
agricultural department is also interested in using the method to
develop its own districtwide surveys.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.
NRSP19, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 116.