Presentation from the Ghana Anti

Report
GACC, UNCAC
PROJECT & UNCAC
REVIEW PROCESS IN
GHANA
Engagement of civil society in the fight
against corruption
28TH AUGUST 2013
OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION
O Brief on GACC Activities
O UNCAC Review process & CSO
involvement
O Usefulness of Training on UNCAC in
Vienna
O Project on SMEs & UNCAC Review
Process
GHANA ANTI-CORRUPTION
COALITION
O Coalition of Independent Public
Institutions, Private Sector, CSOs & Think
Tanks involved in anti-corruption work;
O Conducts Research, Advocacy, Capacity
Building, Awareness Creation;
O Builds Strategic Partnership in the fight
against corruption;
O Formed Local anti-Corruption Networks to
ensure the bottom-up approach connecting
districts, and regions in Ghana.
PROJECTS
O Business Integrity Forum – Comprises 16
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companies, business Associations and Public
Agencies;
Co-ordinates Regional Contract Monitoring
Project in West Africa – Liberia, Ghana, Sierra
Leone and Nigeria;
Media Monitoring and Journalist Against
Corruption;
Public Sensitization on Anti-Corruption Laws;
Whistleblowing & Procurement;
Health Accountability Project – HAP.
Impact of CSOs in UNCAC
Review Process
O Creates key networks that CSOs can use to
advocate & influence processes & policy;
O Provides an in-depth information on
understanding of the anti-corruption
environment and some of the challenges
(especially filling the self-assessment checklist
and providing supporting information;
O Strategic information on areas that CSOs can
work to enhance the fight against corruption
e.g. Access to information, coordination of
anti-corruption institutions.
Training In Vienna
O Provided a network of CSO in anti-
corruption;
O Ideas on how to get involved in UNCAC
Review process;
O In-depth knowledge on UNCAC review
process and how CSO can take advantage
in advocacy on anti-corruption & influence
the process to open and involving.
Actions After Training
O GACC in October 2012 engaged the Attorney
General & Ministry of Justice on Ghana’s
preparedness for the UNCAC Review Process;
O Government appointed a focal person to
facilitate the process;
O GACC in collaboration with Commission on
Human Rights & Administrative Justice
(CHRAJ) held a roundtable Forum on Ghana’s
preparedness towards the UNCAC review
process. (funded by CHRAJ)
Actions After Training
O Influenced the choice of Focal Institution for
the UNCAC process (CHRAJ);
O Influenced selection of membership of
UNCAC Steering Committee;
O Committee comprising the Private Sector,
CSO & Media Association;
O Actively involved in Ghana’s preparations
towards UNCAC Review processes.
Use of UNODC Grant
O Conducted a study on the extend of
conformity of anti-corruption policies and
laws of Ghana to the provisions of the articles
of UNCAC
O Used the document to make inputs into the
UNCAC review process
O Analyzed gaps in the legal environment that
can be used for advocacy to strengthen the
fight against corruption in the Private sector
Implementation
O A consultant who is an
expert in the UNCAC
Review process and was a
Reviewer in Uganda was
engaged for the study;
O Gaps identified and used
to engage SMEs;
O A workshop was held for
SMEs;
O Document was presented
to CHRAJ for input into
the review process.
Ms. Estelle Appiah, the Consultant
Mrs. Florence Dennis responds to questions from participants
Results of Implementation
O 30 SMEs were engaged – 17 Females/13
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Males;
Well informed on UNCAC Review process and
anti-corruption laws relating to the Private
sector;
Knowledge gained on the role of SMEs in the
anti-corruption work;
30 SMEs informed on impact of corruption on
SMEs;
SMEs agreed to form a network to sustain the
gains made so far and broaden GACC’s Private
Sector work.
A participant contributes to the discussion
Participants in a group picture after the workshop
OTHANK YOU

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