TITLE: Stronger Transparency, Accountability and Participation in Anti-Corruption Governance in Ghana
DONOR: Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA)
DURATION: January 2017 – June 2017
LOCATION: Accra (national level activities), Wa Municipal. Jirapa, Sisala East, Kandai, Gonja Central, Builsa, Kasena Nakana East, Bawku West
The project seeks to enable positive change in the domains of policy and practice of local level public institutions as well as in the domain of behaviour of citizens against corruption. At the level of policy and practice, the project will seek to facilitate a multi-stakeholder platform involving key state accountability institutions. The project will advocate closing existing gaps and promoting stronger legislation to enable corruption reporting.
At the level of behavioral change, the project will engage on one hand with media and citizens (through the SACs) to inform, encourage and enable more and better reports of corruption. On the other hand, it will seek to strengthen the capacity and motivation of local level government authorities (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies) to create better opportunities for communities to participate and effectively engage in local governance processes.
- Contribute to the strengthening of accountability, transparency and anti-corruption governance in Ghana
- Increased cooperation and responsiveness of public accountability institutions in Ghana
- Increased public support & engagement in fighting corruption
Since 2009, GII has established Social Auditing Clubs (SACs) throughout Ghana. SACs engages in social auditing activates with the aim of improving transparency, accountability and basic service delivery particularly at the local level. However, through its years of experience, GII has recognized that citizen initiatives to engage with local government alone are not sufficient to ensure proper collaboration between authorities and community members to resolve corruption related issues. Local and national level institutions will also have to be willing to engage with citizens if the participation is to yield positive results. Recognising the key challenge, GII has developed a holistic programme that engages both citizens and state actors equally. Sensitising state actors of their mandate and their role in promoting democracy at the local level as well at the national level, engaging anti-corruption actors to prioritize action on corruption reports and create strengthened systems necessary to promote anti-corruption.
At the same time, the project also supports the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre of GII and the IPaidABribe online corruption reporting platform to encourage more citizens to speak up against corruption. GII will collaborate with the media to sensitize the citizenry through a sustained media campaign on corruption reporting. The proposed media collaboration will also train journalists to effectively capture corruption reportage in a way that highlights the key issues and the role of key stakeholder in fighting the canker.To support resolution of individual complaints, GII will engage with national level accountability institutions to facilitate stronger cooperation.
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