Principles of the Mechanism 

The CDM operates under the following principles:

  • Harmonization and coordinated approach to capacity development in the public sector
  • Driven by the spirit of ‘Learning by Doing’
  • Implementation of public sector institution’s own priorities as expressed in various development policy documents.
  • Implementation of sub-projects considered as part of official mandates and normal jobs of beneficiary organizations
  • Administration according to existing GoG systems including laws, regulations, procedures and operating systems
  • Implementation synchronized with GoG annual planning and budget cycles
  • GoG and CIDA assist beneficiary organization to successfully implement their capacity development subprojects.
  • Design characteristics are flexible and may evolve so as to attract other funding partners
  • Close coordination between Ghana and Canada in order to ensure transparency, accountability and probity in the use of public resources


To launch the pilot, a prioritized list of pre-selected public sector organizations was selected to apply for funding for the first call for proposals. These organizations prepared proposals which were submitted to the Secretariat for consideration.

The proposals were reviewed to see whether they meet predetermined criteria, and the best proposals that met the criteria were approved by the ISC and approved. The organizations have since been receiving funding for the implementation of their initiatives. There is a process of reporting, monitoring, oversight and audit.

During the pilot phase, two calls for proposals were solicited, approved and being implemented.


Main Results
The main area of results is to develop a mechanism which can be sustained as a GoG strategic tool for institutional and human resources management, priority-setting and coordination of activities and resources. It is also aimed at bringing a high standard of rigour to oversight of conceptualization, planning, implementation and monitoring of specific capacity development initiatives by public service organizations.

Overall Impact/Ultimate Outcome 
The overall outcome expected from this mechanism is improved capacity of the public services for transparent, accountable, timely, efficient, effective performance and service delivery.

Intermediate Outcomes

  • More strategic selection and implementation of capacity development initiatives across the public sector
  • Improved delivery of specific aspects of their mandates to clients (within Government or to the public) by selected pilot CMAs/MDAs.

Immediate Outcomes

  • Improved Government of Ghana internal systems for coordinated strategic approach for capacity development for CMAs/MDAs
  • Improve organizational systems, structures, staffing, staff skills, procedures, and policy frameworks of selected pilot CMAs and MDAs

Strategic Selection of Organizations Eligible to Apply

For the first call for proposals, a total of 16 pre-selected organizations in the categories of CMAs, MDAs, Subvented Agencies (SAs), were be invited to submit proposals. Out of these proposals, up to 11 was approved.

The pre-selection was done with the following rationale:

  • Capacity development in CMAs/Central governance agencies can have a positive cross-cutting impact across government;
  • Selected MDAs have high priority for capacity development in line with GSGDA implementation and there is evidence of capacity needs in these organizations;
  • SAs Action Plan recently approved by Cabinet include decisions on priority SAs for reforms; and
  • Successful pilot programme can trigger involvement of other DPs and expansion to other priority sectors to enhance harmonization and aid effectiveness.

For the second call for proposals, a similar process was followed. However, the Secretariat developed options for the Implementation Steering Committee on which organizations should be invited to apply, with some element of competition.

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