REDD+ GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE INTEGRITY FOR AFRICA PROJECT (Strengthening Local Groups in REDD+ and Forestry Monitoring )

More than 1.6 billion people or 25% of the global population rely on forests for their livelihoods and deforestation and degradation of forest land is estimated to account for roughly 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions (IPCC WGII, 2014). A financial mechanism to address concerns around the development, management and conservation of forests is Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). REDD+ mainly promotes conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. It is anticipated that REDD+ will not only inherit many of the corruption risks that have long beset the forestry sector, but it will also bring with it new ones. Forest fringe communities are particularly vulnerable to corruption, because they often live in remote areas, poor and marginalized, and are usually unable to access the system of social and legal protection available to other members of society.

The need to strengthen local groups in REDD+ and forestry monitoring is essential in promoting accountability and environmental sustainability. Therefore every effort should be made to build the capacity of existing groups (women, youth, traditional authorities and farmers) and facilitate the formation of a multi-stakeholder platform for district wide dialogue.

REDD+ GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE INTEGRITY FOR AFRICA PROJECT (End of project and national stakeholder’s meeting)

Transparency International (TI) received funding from the European Commission to implement the REDD+ governance and finance integrity for Africa (REDD+ IN) project in seven countries in Africa, including Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Outreach activities were also carried out in the Congo Basin in Congo, Central Africa Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo. The project has come to a successful end after three and half years and therefore, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is organizing a close out meeting with key partners, stakeholders and the media in Accra.

The main goal of the project is to improve anti-corruption policy and practice in REDD+ Governance and Finance in Africa.

Specifically the project sought among others:

  • To strengthen citizens’ engagement to increase the demand for transparency, accountability in REDD+ governance and finance policy development and monitoring;
  • To empower potential victims and witnesses of corruption and fraud in REDD+ actions (including land acquisitions) to pursue their corruption-related complaints;
  • To strengthen national, regional and global anti-corruption policies and practices, leading to REDD+ Safeguards respected in practice and information available in national systems.

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION AND TRANSPARENCY WEEK 2017 (INTRA-TERTIARY DEBATES)

THE ANTI-CORRUPTION AND TRANSPARENCY WEEK 2017

INTRA-TERTIARY DEBATES

THEME: Empowering the Youth in the Fight against Corruptions

 

INTRODUCTION

NACAP, recognising the importance of every stakeholder in the fight against corruption has assigned roles that are to be played by all stakeholders to ensure the country achieves its objective of reducing corruption, if not eliminating it completely. According to the NACAP, Civil Society Organisation like GII and IEA are assigned the responsibility of creating awareness of the NACAP and generally educating the public on anti-corruption issues. 

Two of the main problems identified by the NACAP as impediments in the fight against corruption are the acceptance/high tolerance of corruption and the public cynicism and apathy toward the fight against corruption. The Ghanaian youth, particularly university students, are a distinct target group not only because they are the future leaders in Ghana, but also because social activism is typically more highly pronounced amongst the youth. Therefore, GII and IEA focused their anti-corruption week activities on facilitating university student debates drawing on participants from the Campus Parliament or Debate Club. IEA will led the debates in the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Development Studies, Tamale. Whereas GII will led the debates at the University of Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Together, it is expected that the debates will reach 500 students from the 4 universities. The Campus Parliament and the Debate Clubs give a platform for students engage in structured and serious debate on major topics affecting their lives or those of Ghanaians more broadly. 

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the proposed project are:

     1. To promote anti-corruption behaviour among the youth who are the country’s future leaders in four selected tertiary institutions

     2. To offer the youth in selected universities to express their own perspectives on topical anti-corruption issues and how to effectively deal with them

     3. To create awareness of the negative effects of corruption on citizens, existing mechanisms to combat corruption, such as the NACAP as well as ways to fight corruption.

 

DESIRED OUTCOMES

The project anticipates to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. A total of 500 students from four universities are engaged through debates on relevant anti-corruption topics
  2. Awareness on corruption, its cost, impact and ways of fighting it especially amongst the youth is increased through the debates as well as media activities promoting international anti-corruption day
  3. Awareness is raised on anti-corruption in general as well as the NACAP and other specific initiatives designed to fight corruption as part of a comprehensive week-long commemoration of Anti-Corruption day with activities organized by government, CSOs and through wide media coverage.