Our history

Our history

The STAR Ghana programme was established as a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism in 2010 supported by UK aid, DANIDA, the EU and the USAID (2010-2015). Since then, STAR Ghana has supported 233 grant partner organisations to articulate citizens’ concerns to the state, resulting in positive changes to policy, services and practice. These positive changes have translated into transformed lives – including children in school learning; women taking control of their livelihoods; rural communities getting a fairer share of development gains; citizens participating in inclusive and peaceful elections; and citizens and businesses taking a stand against corruption. Many of the 439 projects that have been supported by STAR Ghana continue to produce results even after the end of funding.

The launch of the STAR Ghana Foundation as an independent organisation in November 2018 is a landmark event. Led by the Steering Committee, the launch is the realisation of the ambitions and commitment of many people and diverse organisations, including the Funders’ Committee representing our core donors, the programme management consortium led by Christian Aid and, most importantly, the citizens of Ghana.

STAR Ghana timeline 

2010: The STAR Ghana programme launches, with support from UK aid, USAID, DANIDA and the EU. It had a vision to improve the quality of life for all Ghanaians through improved governance in the delivery of public goods and services.

2010-2015: In its first phase, 167 organisations, including civil society, media, community-based organisations and Parliament, receive grants and support from STAR Ghana.

Partners supported by STAR Ghana played key advocacy roles in the passage of the Renewable Energy and Petroleum Revenue Management Bills and the content of the National Gas Pricing Policy and the Master Gas Plan.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana, was successful in advocating for the adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards as the Financial Reporting Framework in the public sector thanks to support from STAR Ghana. Grant partners were instrumental in the development of the Code of Conduct for public officers.

Read more about phase 1.

2015: STAR Ghana enters a second phase, supported by UK aid, DANIDA and the EU, and managed by an international consortium led by Christian Aid with Humentum, SDDirect, ODI, Nkum Associates and On Our Radar.

STAR Ghana adopts the 3Cs & L approach:
• Convene, catalyse and coordinate citizens’ actions.
• Learn and share lessons, innovations, and replicable and scalable models.

2016: STAR Ghana contributed to peaceful and inclusive elections. Women became more aware of their civic responsibilities and were able to play a full part in the elections, thanks to the work of one of our partners Global Action for Women’s Empowerment. Women’s participation increased from 46% in 2012 to 65% in 2016 in project areas.

2017: Nationwide consultations in 10 regional capitals with key stakeholders on the future of STAR Ghana

2018: The programme becomes the STAR Ghana Foundation, a national, independent organisation under local leadership, to promote active citizenship for change. Our vision is a well-informed and active Ghanaian citizenry able to contribute to transformational change that advances democracy, accountability and social inclusion. Read more about our approach.



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