Our work

Our work

The STAR Ghana Foundation is committed to its vision of a well-informed Ghanaian citizenry able to contribute to transformational change that advances democracy, accountability and social inclusion.

We believe that a vibrant civil society has the power to unlock transformational and lasting solutions to Ghana’s development challenges. Ghana has a strong tradition of civil society organisations working to better the lives of citizens. However, limited resources and capacity, duplication and disjointed efforts are holding Ghana back from achieving its full potential.

We have a track record of working with the private sector, philanthropy, civil society, government and the media. We have managed funds worth more than $70m since 2010 and have an impressive track record in delivering a successful programme that has supported 232 partner organisations across every district in Ghana. We have helped to strengthen civil society organisations to deliver in a range of ways, including through grants, technical support and capacity building.

Grants and technical support

Through grants and technical support, we are working with and through partner organisations (grantees) to enable citizens to engage with the state and with government to ensure accountable, transparent and responsive governance.

We provide support to grantees to enhance their operational competence, efficiency and capabilities to enable them to more effectively achieve their goals and represent their constituents. The programme builds on the results and learning from grant partner capacity building work undertaken in STAR-Ghana’s first phase to develop and implement a holistic and integrated civil society strengthening strategy.

Evidence from our experience and other programmes has shown that giving grants alone does not lead to transformational change which is why we have a focus on strengthening civil society capacity. 

Non-grant support

Strengthening civil society’s capacity to plan, manage, implement, and account for results and sustain organisations is critical to achieving sustainable development objectives.

Our non-grants strategy is organised around STAR-Ghana’s overall strategic approach, to act as convener, catalyst and coordinator of civil society action towards systemic change and a facilitator of learning to enable a more reflective and adaptive approach to programming.


  • provides evidence, tools and innovative ways to support civil society to mobilise resources for its own actions.
  • facilitates alliances, aided by the credibility of the STAR-Ghana brand: alliances are central to our collaborative approach to stimulating citizen action. The programme supports formal and informal coalitions of change actors.
  • provides integrated capacity building support to partners: our capacity building strategy combines support in strengthening partners’ technical abilities with strengthening their ability to act politically.
  • convenes dialogue on critical and sensitive national issues: STAR-Ghana has developed a strong convening power, which helps bring together influential individuals in a way that previous donor-funded civil society initiatives have been unable to do.

Election 2016 programme of work

Gender, equality and social inclusion programme of work

Media programme of work

Strategic opportunties programme of work

Anti-corruption programme of work

Local governance programme of work

Previous work from phase one


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