Accra, 27 August 2020 – ARAP Steering Committee members gathered online to review its last quarterly activities, questions related to the next activities, and the exit and sustainability strategy of the programme. This quarterly, the 16th Steering Committee was chaired by Mr Martin Amoyaw from the Legal Aid Commission.
The Steering Committee, which provides support, guidance, and oversight the progress of the programme, compromised representatives of ARAP’s coordination unit, the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Attorney General (AG), the Judiciary and Judicial Service (JS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Legal Aid Commission (LAC), the Economic and Organized Crime Organisation (EOCO) and the STAR-Ghana Foundation.
At the meeting, ARAP’s Team Leader, Ms Ana Sanchez, provided a general overview of the 32 activities that have been implemented or ongoing during the quarter under review.
Some of these activities successfully implemented include:
- COVID 19 action: ARAP, has been able to finally promote a concrete action to support our Stakeholders in the fight of the pandemic effects, trying to promote and support a secure and safe labour environment under the pandemic and beyond through the use of new technology.
ARAP provided its stakeholders with a range of modems and routers, coupled with data subscriptions until the end of the year. In addition to this, licenses to online conference tools such as Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams have been procured for all stakeholders in accordance with their specific needs and requirements
This line of work is very much in line with the Government of Ghana’s strategic outlook on digitisation and will help all the institutions to continue working efficiently and safety.
- The pogramme has demonstrated during this period that it has been able to successfully adapt itself to the new labour environment. Some activities have been conducted online and under an e-learning format as the final programme on compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency. More than 50 EPA staff received online training on Risk Assessment and a User Training.
- Another clear example of this adaptation to the new labour environment has been the 5th and 7th National Dialogue conducted in July by the National Commission for Civic Education.
- The High-Level Implementation Committee (HILIC) and the NACAP Implementation Support Unit (NISU), hold a workshop to examine, discuss, validate and approve the draft NACAP 2019 Annual Progress Report (APR), a fundamental CHRAJ’s monitoring tool to measure the success of NACAP's implementation.
- The Legal Aid Commission efforts were focused on the “Validation workshop on Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2024” in Accra, one of the critical documents for the Commission, as it serves as a compass for its work in delivering of access to justice.
Furthermore, the programme has moved ahead with other activities to conclude fundamental previous actions, such the printing of several legal, regulation, manuals and policy documents, most of them ready to delivery like the JS Strategy Plan for the Judiciary; the National Policy Framework; CHRAJ Strategy Plan; Scheme of services; JS Judicial Digest; EPA Manual compliance; EOCO Client service charter; and EOCO Public Education Materials.
As part of the provision of procurements, it has also finalised the Cinema van process that will support the public education mandate of NCCE. The van has been delivered to Ghana and after a complex process and verification is ready to be used by NCCE.
The decibel meters to support EPA activities, align with the EPA Legal Unit Programme has arrived in Accra and it is ready to be delivered. The handover is planned to be done before the retirement of the EPA Executive Director, as recognition and gratitude for all the support he has given to the programme.
The ARAP Team Leader informed the SC the upcoming months represent the final period of the programme. The Coordination Unit has been focused on strengthening the gains made over the past 4 years through enhancing the stakeholder’s capacities. In addition, she highlighted the lines of the exit and sustainability strategy of the programme.
The online Steering Committee concluded successfully, with clear lines drawn on how to continue advancing the next 6 months left of ARAP in Ghana.
The next and last Steering Committee will be held on Thursday, 26 November 2020.
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