Year of participation:   2012
Age: 32
Job description: Muncipal Development Planning Officer
Local Government: Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipal Assembly
Country: Ghana
Talentprogramme: Loal Service Delivery & MDG’s
Internship municipality:  Municipality of  Amstelveen

My work for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipal Assembly
“It is my conviction that to make a positive impact on the lives of people in any meaningful development effort, governance and local service delivery issues should be a very key issue to address. Therefore I wanted to gain deeper theoretical knowledge in Local Service Delivery & MDG’s and the practical skills to enable me actively participate in conceptualizing, designing, implementing, monitor and evaluate appropriate local governance and service delivery policies and programmes that address community concerns and specialized needs of vulnerable and marginalized people in a multicultural context.”

Experience in the Netherlands
“ My experience at the Amstelveen Municipality was enormous and every single expectation I had was met. I was taken through several useful presentations before we went out for field visits and tours to project sites and facilities. The people were very nice to me and the Mayor was very good. The work environment in the Municipality of Amstelveen is very impressive.”

Back-Home-Action plan
“The three most important subjects where I got more input on in the Talentprogramme, during the training course as well as the internship and which I also take with me  in my back-home-action plan are:

1.Building of a comprehensive gender database ->   in order to  increase gender mainstreaming and effective stakeholder participation in service delivery.
2.Ensuring very effective participation in the planning
process   – > I realise now that many project we have started in the past have failed because we have not invloved the people sufficiently. In addition, if people are not aware of the projects that are implemented by the government, they cannot hold us accountable.
3.Setting up committees to design an effective sanitation strategy -> we really need to improve the awarness of the importance of the MDG’s. They are not mere keywords in a centrally led development strategy, but true goals to be accomplished by the local government together with the citizens.”