Over the years, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has focused on the creation of national integrity systems through the empowerment of citizens to participate actively in governance. GII also increased anti-corruption advocacy on various platforms, through constant engagement with key national level and CSOs partners aimed at achieving the vision of ensuring a corruption-free society where all people and institutions act accountably, transparently and with integrity.
In its bid to contribute to national integrity and good governance, GII undertook a project titled “Evidence-Based Advocacy on the Implementation of the National Anti- Corruption Action Plan”. The project which was implemented with funding support from STAR Ghana under its Democratic Governance Managed Call, run from January 2014 to December 2014 and focused on strengthening the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), through engagement, dialogue and sensitization of the key stakeholder groups identified under the NACAP.
The Democratic Governance Project which was implemented largely in the Greater Accra Region also undertook stakeholder engagement meetings and sensitization programmes in 3 other regions of the country, representing the northern, middle and southern belts. Being implemented in the Upper West, Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, the Democratic Governance Project focused on engaging with local level Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), leaders of Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and Traditional Leaders, key officials from Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and representatives from all the Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs) where the project was implemented in the various regions.
The main aim of the Democratic Governance project was to strengthen the NACAP firstly, by working to push for its adoption by government and secondly, working with key stakeholders to begin to strategise for its implementation. The project also focused on the review of the draft Conduct for Public Officers’ Bill, as a key component to strengthening the implementation of the NACAP. As part of the project, GII also submitted a collective CSO proposal, calling for amendments to the draft Bill and strengthening as a key anti corruption tool, before being passed by Parliament into an Act.