Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG) is the leading partner in the implementation of the Accountability Advocates Project in Ghana.The Accountability Advocates project is part of Restless Development’s Big Idea programme, which aims to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and networks needed to analyse official data and generate their own to track progress towards national and international development commitments. Our Big Idea is simple: if young people have the right knowledge, skills and networks, meaningful opportunities to participate, and the ability to create and share data, they will be leaders in holding governments to account for the SDGs. In practice, young people participating in the Big Idea will be brought together and trained as networks, where they will:
- Gather and generate data for accountability, distributing it in citizen friendly formats to activists, the media, citizen accountability initiatives and decision makers.
- Monitor and review service delivery and commitments to sustainable development, producing reports and citizen friendly resources to raise awareness of pressing issues.
- Convene national stakeholders on areas of concern and off track commitments and develop joint mutual accountability action plans to address challenges.
- Lobby for greater citizen participation in accountability mechanisms through evidence based advocacy.
Contributing to this, and in partnership with Plan UK, African Monitor and YES Ghana, Restless Development launched Accountability Advocates project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project will be implemented from April 2015 to June 2016 and has three broad aims:
- To build the capacity of youth-led community-based organisations (CBOs) to hold governments to account effectively;
- To demonstrate how, young people can lead, and partner with others in, the monitoring of the SDGs;
- To promote the exchange of good practice and foster increased sectoral coordination and North-South cooperation.
Accountability Focus for Ghana
Team Ghana has identified the following Goals and targets as their accountability focus (Goal 3 and 5) which are related to young people and SRHR issues. This is crucial in ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals include an effective and youth-friendly SRHR agenda, as well as making national policies and systems more friendly and accessible for young people – especially amongst marginalized and hard to reach groups.
- GOAL 3
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages
Targets to Monitor
3.1: By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to 70 per 100,000 live births
- GOAL 5
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Targets to Monitor
5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the programme of action of the international conference on population and development and the Beijing platform for Action and the outcome document of their review conferences