Accra, 23 July 2020 – In order to support ARAP National Stakeholder institutions to improve the digital environment of work in the ongoing fight against Covid-19, the European Union under the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP, has donated 38.364 Euros in digital tools to 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) today in order to facilitate teleworking and the use of new technologies.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic has created a set of unprecedented challenges for the public sector bodies, while also placing an unprecedented spotlight on governments and public bodies as citizens and businesses turn to their representatives for assistance, guidance and information.
As a key partner of a range of public bodies working across the criminal justice and rule of law sector, the Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP) engaged in a set of consultations with its partners and in collaboration with LADA, developed a line of work geared to support and strengthen its stakeholder’s access to reliable internet connection and digital platforms to ensure and enhance business continuity.
The objective of this specific action is to support, before the limitations, effects and restrictions imposed by the COVID-19, the work in a safe environment, hence supporting and promoting working environments imposed by the pandemic like online work, which are currently necessary, in line with the Government's policy of contributing to digitalisation.
To this end, ARAP is providing 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 intervention responds to a critical situation heightened by the global pandemic, while also enabling the Programme to conduct all its final activities such as trainings, workshops and validations through online meetings before the end of the programme scheduled for January 2021. Moreover, this intervention enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of Stakeholders ensuring that both central and regional offices are fully connected and can continue providing essential services to citizens.
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NOTES TO THE EDITORS
The ARAP - Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme project joins the Ghanaian government's efforts to reduce corruption. This Programme is funded by the European Union Delegation to Ghana and is currently implemented by the Fundacion Internacional y para Iberoamerica de Administracion y Politicas Publicas (FIIAPP). This programme aims to promote good governance and support national reform, in order to enhance accountability and strengthen anti-corruption efforts across the country.