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Gender Equality

Gender Equality

DISCAP was a global innovator on gender and decentralization.  Starting with a comprehensive gender equality strategy for the project as a whole, DISCAP established a network of district-level gender desk officers (GDOs) in all district assemblies in the project area. 
These GDOs were advocates for gender considerations and women's priorities in the district planning and budget preparation process, and in the monitoring of district expenditures, and worked with district governments to operationalize district-level GE strategies. 

GDOs were supported by a broader network of women's advocates in the north, both in government agencies, especially the Ministry of Women's and Children's Affairs, and in NGOs, notably the National Council on Women and Development.  The GDO model is of considerable interest to national policymakers in Ghana and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.
DISCAP Wins Gender Award

The District Capacity Building Project's excellent work was recognized in 2004 when the Honourable Aileen Carroll, then Canada's Minister for International Cooperation, presented the Export Development Canada Gender Equality Achievement Award to Dr. Edward Jackson, DISCAP Project Director and President of E. T. Jackson and Associates Ltd. Dr. Jackson pointed to the commitment of leaders in northern Ghana, the Ministry of local Government and Rural Development, the Canadian International Development Agency as crucial to the project's success. He singled out for special praise DISCAP's gender champions and experts, including: the Honourable Alhaja Alima Mahama, Cate Bob-Milliar, Blandina Batir, Grace Yennah, Denise Beaulieu, Kathy Durand and Debbie Gray.

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