Ghana has a vibrant and diverse civil society sector which has been an active participant and contributor to the development and good governance in the country since the 1980s.
There are a number of different types of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana, some of which include communal groups, community-based organisations (CBOs), national civil society organisations, faith-based organisations (FBOs), networks and coalitions. Thematic areas in which they are most active are education, health and governance, followed by environment and work with vulnerable groups. They are also very active in the areas of human rights, women’s rights, judicial processes, poverty reduction and others. CSOs have been a crucial factor in ‘altering traditional conceptualization of governance in Ghana, representing the ‘demand side of governance, pushing the government to improve public services, demanding rights of citizens and the overall enhancing of democracy in the country.
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