The Capacity Development Mechanism (CDM) is a new Government of Ghana initiative aimed at promoting a harmonized and coordinated approach to capacity development across the public service.
The CDM was designed under the guidance of senior Government of Ghana officials who constituted the Design Steering Committee. The mechanism is intended to provide support to a total of sixteen public sector organizations for the implementation of capacity development projects.
With support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a three year pilot to establish the initial structures commenced in December, 2011 in the spirit of ‘Learning by Doing’.
The CDM was officially launched in December, 2011 with the inauguration of an Implementation Steering Committee. The Implementation Steering Committee has been set up to provide oversight responsibility and overall policy direction for the implementation of the mechanism.
There is also the CDM Secretariat that is mainstreamed into the Ministry of Finance to provide technical and administrative support for the implementation of the mechanism.
The CDM is being implemented using government of Ghana country systems and operates under a contribution agreement signed between the government of Ghana and the government of Canada.
The legal foundation for the management roles and policies as well as procedures is set out in the agreement signed in March 2012. Under the agreement, the GoG has designated the Ministry of Finance through the CDM Secretariat to assume the responsibilities relating to the implementation of the mechanism including day to day management, the disbursement and effective utilization of CDM funds.