Organizations CIVIL society organizations (CSOs) in the country are facing the lack of donor funding due to the prevalence of the pandemic Covid-19.
With the start of the pandemic and the associated restrictions, some CSOs have lost the support of donors and therefore could not carry out their planned projects, a situation that has forced some of them to lay off staff .
The dimensions of organizational capacity and financial visibility CSOs have also deteriorated during the period.
According to the archives of the Secretariat of nonprofit organizations in Ghana, on recorded 10,030 CSOs, only 774 were able to renew their licenses.
The findings were contained in a 2020 report Ghana CSO Sustainability Index, which indicated further that despite the importance of CSOs in the development of the country, “they face the monumental challenge of survival.”
Presenting the report at a seminar in Accra Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a development consultant, Mr. Douglas Quartey, said the study had exposed the fragility of CSOs in terms of access to finance and its implications for their job.
He explained that the report on the sustainability index is a tool used by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to study the strength and sustainability of the CSO sector in countries of operation to enable key stakeholders to track their successes, challenges and opportunities.
The report therefore urged the private sector and government to support CSOs with funding to enable them to continue their interventions in the sectors of health, education and agriculture, among others.
“CSOs have played an important role in maintaining our democracy; they have contributed to the peace we enjoy. They are now disappearing because donors do not fund. We, as a country, have to examine their situation and help them survive, “said Mr. Quartey, who is also the author of the report.
He said it was up to the government to put in place measures and also to provide incentives for struggling sectors of the economy, including CSOs, for they recover from the impact of the pandemic Covid-19 .
A senior researcher of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Kwesi Jonah, said that even without the pandemic, the financial crisis that CSOs faced was bound to happen because of the status of Ghana as middle income nation.
“Now, donors are moving to the poorest countries, which tells us that we can not keep doing things the same way that CSOs,” he said.
On how CSOs could recover from the impact of the pandemic, a representative of the Institute of West Africa Civil Society, Charles Vandyke, said that organizations should be more strategic
in their approach to resource mobilization by gathering under one roof.
He said they could also use the technology in their advocacy programs.