During ARAP’s second year in Ghana, the Programme supported almost 60 activities, organised alongside direct and indirect stakeholder organisations. Take a look at the document attached below (ARAP in Images 2018) to view a selection of the activities and initiatives undertaken by ARAP and stakeholders throughout 2018.
ARAP began the year with a Planning Retreat that brought all stakeholders together to help develop a three-year plan. The work plan progress is always discussed by the ARAP Steering Committee, which is the Programme’s main coordinating body; stakeholders meet quarterly to help guide the Programme and ensure it remains relevant, coherent and impactful. The Steering Committee Chairperson continues to rotate between its members until the end of the Programme in January 2021.
ARAP supported CHRAJ in its coordinating role of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), including the national Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week (ACW) 2018, which brought together State Institutions, development partners and civil society and had significant coverage throughout both digital and printed media.
The ACW launch on 3 December welcomed over 100 participants from State Institutions such as the National Development Planning Commission, the Minerals Commission, the National Communications Authority and the Ghana Standards Authority; as well as civil society institutions such as the Ghana Integrity Initiative.
A workshop was held on 6 December to distribute the 2017 NACAP Annual Progress Report, and examine the state of corruption in Ghana. Over 120 participants attended from institutions such as the UN Resident Coordinator Office, the Ministry of Gender, the Bureau of National Investigations and the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (representing civil society).
The High-Level Conference to commemorate the fight against corruption was held on 10 December, which coincided with International Human Rights Day. The National Anti-Corruption Reporting Dashboard (NACoRD), an online tool developed with ARAP’s support, was launched during the Conference by the Vice-President of Ghana.
The Criminal Justice Sector
ARAP undertook significant work to improve the prosecution process, particularly concerning corruption cases under the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Ghana Police Service (GPS). Areas of support included developing a registry database for the OAG, enabling more efficient data analysis and docket management; working on a ‘Points to Prove’ document, to help investigators secure the necessary evidence of an offence and minimise delays; and drafting the Evidence Disclosure Guidelines.
ARAP worked across the Criminal Justice Sector to help train relevant institutions such as CHRAJ with systemic investigations. A workshop was held in Akosombo for 28 CHRAJ investigators, to develop their ability to conduct efficient investigations into cases of corruption, to lead to prosecution by the Attorney General. This training coincided with a handover of equipment to support CHRAJ in fulfilling their mandate.
Accountability and Citizen Engagement
ARAP supported a number of projects to increase the accountability of public institutions to their citizens, and encourage State-citizen dialogue. This included the digitalisation of the Judicial Service Public Relations and Complaints Units (PRCUs). Technological equipment as well as furniture were provided to PRCU offices across Ghana, and a training was held in December for the responsible staff and Judges of the Units. The significance of the new PRCU platform was reflected through its launch during Anti-Corruption Week.
The Ghana Police Service also made significant efforts to strengthen its internal and external communications, supported by ARAP. A Communication and Public Education Strategy was developed, detailing for example the GPS’ focus on improving citizen dialogue and accountability.
ARAP also provided support to the Legal Aid Scheme (LAS) - now the Legal Aid Commission (LAC) - to strengthen its capacity in justice delivery. ‘A Training Manual on Basic Law and Anti-Corruption in Ghana’ was developed to address any capacity gaps among LAC staff, and increase their ability to fight corruption in Ghana. This was followed by a Training of Trainers, equipping 21 lawyers and 14 Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) staff with the training skills to deliver to other ADR staff and associated paralegals.
ARAP’s work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focussed on piloting a newly developed compliance monitoring system for the small-scale mining sector in four districts (Dunkwa, Koforidua, Tarkwa and Obusasi).
The systematic collection and analysis of information is a focus of the European Union and ARAP; the availability of data can facilitate stronger evidence-based policy design as well as better project planning and the ability to address any needs and gaps in the programme.
The EPA identified a need to shift away from paper-based systems, towards digital monitoring tools, to allow the Agency to effectively identify and process priority permit-holders for compliance monitoring. There was also a focus on coordinating the regulatory Institutions that receive environment-related complaints. ARAP supported the EPA to engage a broad range of actors, such as District Assemblies and other regulators, to be able to streamline complaints and manage reported cases more efficiently.