SADA and UNDP Organizes Two-Day Technical Workshop for Representatives of MMDAs in Upper East Region

SADA with support from UNDP’s Inclusive Growth Cluster organized a two-day workshop for representatives of seven out of the thirteen MMDAs in the Upper East Region from 11th-12th April 2017 at the Akayete Hotel in Bolgatanga. The purpose of the workshop was to explore how District Assemblies should prioritize and localize their District Medium Term Development Goals and targets (2017-2020) and align same with the SDGs and the SADA Zone Master plan. The workshop was also to stimulate cross-sectoral collaboration and cross-district planning to break silos and foster integrated planning in the zone.

Apart from Representatives of the MDAs, Technical experts from the Ghana Statistical Service, Local Government Services Secretariat, Ministry of Finance and NDPC attended and made presentations on addressing data gaps and capacity at the sub-national level, highlighted the importance of credible and reliable data gathering in decision-making. They charged MMDAs to reliable data is collected and routinely updated for planning. The experts led discussions on the need for suing spatial panning and data in decision-making as key to making practical and realistic MTDPs.

In his opening remarks, the Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Rockson Bukari commended SADA and UNDP for facilitating such an important workshop in the region. He expressed delight in the objectives of the workshop as aligning and prioritizing local goals with that of the SDGs will bring local plans in sync with global plans.Hon. Bukari was pleased with the work of SADA and committed to working with the Authority especially in a repositioned capacity as Northern Development Authority(NDA) to pursue government’s flagship programmes of “One village, One Dam” and “One District, One Factory”.

This is the first of a series of technical workshops on the subject matter for MMDAs in the SADA zone. A detailed report on the technical workshops will be available on the SADA website soon.