Accra, 27 February 2020 – ARAP Steering Committee members gathered in Accra to review its last quarterly activities and questions related to the next programme activities. This quarterly, the 14th Steering Committee was chaired by Mr David Eklu from the Ghana Police Service.
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) and the Economic and Organized Crime Organisation (EOCO).
At the meeting, ARAP’s Team Leader, Ms Ana Sanchez, provided a general overview of the 20 activities supported during the quarter under review. Furthermore, she highlighted some of the events and milestones achieved during this period.
Some of these activities include:
- The ongoing development of digital tools within the Office of Attorney General focused on updating the existing platform to improve case file processing and communication system. The OAG was also a key partner in the ACT Week in December 2019 specifically, in the International Forum with representatives on panel discussions centred on Money Laundering, Recovery of assets and international Cooperation.
- The Legal Aid Commission efforts were focused on training 50 newly recruited staff comprising of Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution officers and Administrative officers. The training sought to equip the staff with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills required of the Commission in its delivery of justice to the poor and the marginalized.
- The Environmental Protection Agency conducted research on knowledge, attitudes and perception of environmental complaints, training of staff on compliance monitoring system and SOP of the compliance monitoring software. Plans are in place to develop public education tools and campaign materials in the area compliance monitoring.
- The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice spearheaded the implementation of four major activities for ACT week in December 2019 in collaboration with other ARAP stakeholders. Activities included the launch of the ACT week, an International Forum, a Youth Forum and a NACAP conference. The strategic plan of the institution was also validated during the period.
The ARAP Team Leader informed the SC that FIIAPP supported the implementation of activities for the ACT week and key among them was the International Forum on Money Laundering, Recovery of Assets and International Cooperation. The event hosted two-panel discussions with an explicit focus on Money Laundering, Recovery of Assets and International Cooperation and brought together both international and national experts as well as institutions in the field.
As part of the activities for the ACT week, a television commercial on anti-corruption was aired for 7 days on various public and private TV channels along with ARAP social media accounts.
Furthermore, a Stakeholders Planning Retreat was also organised in January 2020 to take stock of work plan implementation for 2019, discuss work plan execution for 2020 and ARAP exit and sustainability strategy. Stakeholder’s presented an initial draft of proposed exit strategies per institutions in line with activities implemented.
A theory of change was also developed within the quarter taking into account work done right from the inception stage of the Programme and outlining how the proposed results are intended to be achieved going forward
In relation to the Second International Exchange of Experiences visit that took place in Spain among a mixed Ghanaian delegation from the Commissioner, Director for Human Rights and the Director of Administrative Justice from CHRAJ, two Judges for the Court of Appeal and a representative of the Solicitor General had the opportunity to meet their peers in the equivalent institutions in Spain. The delegation visited Spanish institutions in charge of guaranteeing citizen rights vis-à-vis public administration and overseeing the effective and adequate function of the state in its different functions. These included the Ombudsman, institutions, and instruments contemplated in the contentious and administrative law of Spain. The exchange sought to review and analyse international procedures, systems and standards, exploring adequate instruments for shared purposes
The next 15th Steering Committee will be held on Thursday, 28 May 2020.
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