Does addressing gender inequalities and empowering women improve development programme outcomes? The Case of C:AVA project in Ghana

I. About CBMS-Ghana

Objectives of the Project

The proposed project has two broad objectives:

(i) to develop and implement a community-based monitoring system (CBMS) to monitor the different dimensions of poverty; and

(ii) to investigate the extent of effectiveness of C:AVA Project in Ghana in respect of addressing gender inequalities and empowering women.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Develop and implement a community-based monitoring system (CBMS) to monitor the different dimensions of poverty
  • Investigate the effectiveness of C:AVA Project in addressing poverty reduction by gender
  • Investigate barriers to women empowerment in the study communities (using women participation in C:AVA project  and other interventions; and
  • Recommend options for improving gender focused projects outcomes

II. Institutional Partner

The Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) is under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Ghana which is mandated to provide research support for the formulation and implementing policies and programmes for the promotion and application of Science and Technology (S&T) for national development.

Per our mandate, CSIR-STEPRI primarily seeks to provide the research support with all the necessary recommendations for the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy, and the related programmes aimed at creating conditions for effective use of Science and Technology for the socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa. Our research activities cover agriculture, industry and services sectors of the Ghanaian economy. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development through identification of business opportunities, promotion and diffusion of technology and innovation has remained a priority institutional programme over the years. In this regard, CSIR-STEPRI has engaged with the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) to conduct Business Opportunity Identification Study (BOIS) in several districts across all the regions in Ghana.

 Additionally, CSIR-STEPRI collaborates with international organisations including the World Bank, the European Commission, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), International Development (DfID) of UK and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Others are Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Oxford University and United Nations University.

III. Forms, Papers, and Reports

Working Papers

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Policy Brief

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IV. CBMS Core Indicators of Poverty

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V. Contact Information

Inquiries regarding CBMS-Ghana may be sent to:
Science and Technology Policy Research Institute
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 519, Cantonment, Accra - Ghana
Telephone and Fax Numbers: +2330302773856/779401
E-mail Address: director@csir-stepri.org
Website: www.csir-stepri.org

Wilhemina Quaye
Project Leader
Science and Technology Policy Research Institute
Mailing Address: P.O Box 30197-00100, Nairobi

Telephone and Fax Numbers: +233-0208132401
E-mail Address: quayewilhemina@yahoo.com  

Research Team Members:

Paul Boadu 
Mavis Akuffobea 
Adelaide Agyeman 
Atibilla Thomas 


I. About CBMS- Ghana

Year Pilot-tested


CBMS Coverage Area

Dangme West, District of the Greater Accra Region

The objective of the local government system in Ghana is to ensure that people are directly involved in the decision-making process and responsible for their own development. To achieve this goal, the district assemblies are to identify their respective community problems and development issues.

There is currently no consistent and timely data on poverty at the district and unit committee levels making it difficult for the district assemblies to identify the needs of the local people and address them sufficiently. A community-based monitoring system (CBMS) can offer the district assemblies the opportunities to assess policies they have implemented at the local levels, identify problems and basic needs at he village/ community levels, and how best these can be addressed.

The CBMS work in Ghana generally aims to inform policy makers, on a timely basis, of the effects of policies on people's standard of living at the community level. It also intends to complement the efforts of the decentralized system and help the local people directly involved in the design of policies that best address their needs.


Project Activities
  • Development of a set of simple and easy-to-collect poverty indicators to determine the prevailing standard of living in Ghana
  • Development and pilot test of a locally feasible data collection and processing system
  • Improvement of the district and unit committee levels' capacity in data collection, processing and analysis of data at the local levels.
  • Documentation of the results of the project in the local levels.


II. Institutional Partners


The CBMS work in Ghana is being implemented by the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA), an independent, nongovernmental think-tank, which provides rigorous analysis and perspectives on economic policy issues in Ghana and teh developing world. The centre is mandated to promote a non-partisan, informed debate on key policy issues on Ghana's economy with emphasis on macroeconomic management, growth and poverty alleviation issues. Its vision is to become a center of excellence in economic policy analysis in Africa, a repository of sound credible database on Ghana's economy and a definitive authority of economic policy issues affecting Ghana and the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS)

In particular CEPA aims:

  • To provide options to policy options to policymakers and other stakeholders through rigorous research and policy analysis.
  • To enhance capacities of other institutions in Ghana through training and networking.
  • To disseminate and publish economic reports so as to raise public awareness of economic and developmental issues.

To consolidate the institutional base of CEPA so as to enhance its performance.


III. Forms, Papers, and Reports







Household Questionnaire

Papers and Reports


Impact of Rising Prices of Food and Oil


A special initiative of Cambodia, Ghana and the Philippines, this paper tries to describe the effects of the rising prices of food and oil on the local communities. Read more

Paper on the Global Financial Crisis

An initiative of the CBMS Network, this aims to assess the impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on the sentinel sites in 11 countries. Read more

Ghana Phase 1



IV. Contact Information


Inquiries regarding CBMS-Ghana may be sent to:

Dr. Nii Kwaku Sowa
CBMS-Ghana Project Director
Address: P.O. Box AN 19010 Accra- North Ghana
Tel#:      (23321) 779-365/ 778035
Fax#:     (23321) 773-3670
E-Mail:    niisowa@cepa.org.ph

Research Team Members
Felix A. Asante
Abena D. Oduro
Clara Fayorsey



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