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Ghana's Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms - GSAM

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Jul 22 2020

CODESULT Network, in collaboration with the Sefwi Akontombra District Assembly of the Western North Region, is holding a training for Community Development Monitors (CDMs) in the district. A total of 75 CDMs, selected from 15 communities, are taking part in the training to build their capacity to monitor projects of the District Assembly in their communities. CODESULT Network is one of the civil society organisations that are implementing the #GSAM project in 50 districts of Ghana.

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The training of CDMs is currently taking place across the 50 districts by the GSAM Consortium (CARE International in Ghana, OXFAM in Ghana and ISODEC) in collaboration with 25 other civil society organisations and with funding from the USAID.

A total of 3,750 citizens selected from 750 communities are being trained to serve as CDMs in their communities.

CDMs are community members who are trained to lead other members to monitor and assess projects (i.e. classroom blocks, clinics, toilets, boreholes, market stalls, etc.) that are being constructed or have been earmarked for construction in their communities by their respective District Assemblies. This is to ensure quality projects, get citizens' needs addressed and reduce the possibility of corruption.

The training will, among other things, enhance their knowledge in District Assemblies' planning processes, the legal framework for citizen participation in local governance and the processes for monitoring projects and engaging with their assemblies to get their concerns addressed.


Ghana's Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms - GSAM

Filed by: ISODEC
Jul 21 2020

The Social Development and Improvement Agency (SODIA) and Access to Life Foundation ( ALF) have organised training workshops for Community Development Monitors (CDMs) in the Ahafo Ano North and Sekyere Central districts of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. SODIA and ALF are two of the civil society organisations that are implementing the GSAM project.

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The training of CDMs is currently taking place across 50 districts of Ghana by the GSAM Consortium (CARE International in Ghana, Oxfam in Ghana and ISODEC) in collaboration with 25 other civil society organisations and with funding from the USAID.

A total of 3,750 citizens selected from 750 communities are being trained to serve as CDMs in their communities.

CDMs are community members who are trained to lead other members to monitor and assess projects (i.e. classroom blocks, clinics, toilets, boreholes, market stalls, etc.) that are being constructed or have been earmarked for construction in their communities by their respective District Assemblies. This is to ensure quality projects, get citizens' needs addressed and reduce the possibility of corruption.

The training will, among other things, enhance their knowledge in the Assemblies planning processes, the legal framework for citizen participation in local governance and the processes for monitoring projects and engaging with their assemblies to get their concerns addressed.


HIGH LEVEL CONVENING ON ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS IN GHANA - FIRST SESSION

Filed by: ISODEC Blog Editor
Apr 25 2017
Main speakers at the conference

The first session of the High Level Convening on Illicit Financial Flows in Ghana was held today at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra. The theme was “Combatting Illicit Financial Flows to Foster Sustainable Development Goals - Taking Stock and Strengthening Responses”.

GhanaIt was attended by Ghana is faced with huge development financing gaps, made worse by the fall in commodity prices over the past few years coupled with declining levels of official development assistance across Africa. Pressing challenges for the country include enormous infrastructure problems (electricity shortages, inadequate road infrastructure, etc.), poor service delivery (including healthcare and education) and insufficient financing for agriculture.

The MC : Winston Amoah (3FM) and Facilitator: Prof. Ademola Ariyo (CPPC). Bishop Akolgo, ISODEC gave and introduction all upcoming programmes in the two-day event. Briggs Bomba of TrustAfrica; Eva Kouka of the Ford Foundation; Radhika Lal and Kordzo Sedegah from UNDP; and Ibrahim Bangura of OSIWA gave their opening remarks.

The Chairman for the session, Kwasi Gyimah-Asante, Commissioner Domestic Revenue, Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA), set the tone before the Keynote Address by the Deputy Minister of Finance of Ghana, Hon. Kwaku Kwarteng. A group photo was taken thereafter.

On return, Bernard Anaba of ISODEC made a critical presentation on "Transfer Pricing in Ghana’s Oil & Gas Sectors"; followed by Bishop Akolgo with "Illicit Financial Flows in Services: The Case of Ghana’s Petroleum Sector".

Other presentations were made by Nicholas Ibekwe, Premium Times, Nigeria; and Prof .Simon Pak, Penstate University, USA (by video conference).


MEDIA SOIREE ON ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS

Filed by: ISODEC Blog Editor
Apr 24 2017
Dr. Manteaw speaks with the media at the Soiree.

A Media Soiree was held today on Illicit Financial Flows in Ghana. It has hosted by Dr. Steve Manteaw, ISODEC and many reputable media houses were present.

The function lasted several hours as the media sought clarification on the losses Ghana has incurred over the years for inadequate monitoring of financial transfers.

The main event takes place tomorrow, 25 April, 2017.