RUWA-GHANA WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE GHANA ANTI CORRUPTION COALITION (GACC) ON THE HEALTH ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT (HAP) AND THE LOCAL ACCOUNTABILITY NETWORK (LANet-Tamale).

INTRODUCTION

Since 2013, Ruwa-Ghana has been in partnership with the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), a civil society organization working on accountability in Ghana. In this partnership, RUWA’s Executive Director, Mr. Masud A. Rauf, was the focal person in charge of the Tamale Metropolis. It implemented the Health Accountability Project (HAP) and Local Accountability Network (LANet-Tamale) in 2013 and 2014, respectively. We are currently implementing another project under LANet-Tamale dubbed the “I AM AWARE” project.

ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY RUWA-GHANA ON THE HEALTH ACCOUNBILITY PROJECT (HAP)

The Executive Director of RUWA-Ghana, serving as the Tamale Metropolitan focal person in the implementation of the project from November 2013 through September 2014, undertook the following activities:

  1. Collated health related complaints and commendations at the Metropolis level
  2. Followed up on information received from the SMS platform
  3. Followed up with the appropriate authorities on complaints received
  4. Provided monthly reports to GACC on the last Friday of every month of the engagement
  5. Participated in training workshops and other related activities on the project
  6. Facilitated all awareness and advocacy activities in the district

By the end of the project RUWA had sensitized over 200,000 people on the rights and responsibilities of patients. We distributed over 5,000 copies of the ‘Patients’ Charters’; 5,680 posters; and over 7,000 stickers. Numerous complaints related to negligence, mal-handling of patients and some recommendations were received and follow ups to the health facilities were made. The health facilities concerned promised to factor the lessons learnt into their operations to improve health delivery in the Metropolis. In all the project contributed immensely to health accountability in the Tamale Metropolis.

LANet-Tamale PROJETS

In 2014, the GACC formed Local Accountability Network (LANet) comprising 6 NGOs dubbed LANet-Tamale. The lead and focal NGO was RUWA. LANet-Tamale identified poor sanitation in the Tamale Metropolis market as a major problem of the Tamale Metropolis.

LANet-Tamale conducted baseline survey on sanitation in the Tamale market; it worked with the Metropolitan sanitation office; Zoom Lion; and market men and women as well as patrons of the market. Hundreds of market men and women and patrons of the market were sensitized on good sanitation via drama and meetings with identifiable groups.

In 2017, RUWA as the focal organization of LANet-Tamale, signed an agreement with the GACC to advocate for duty bearers’ accountability to citizens dubbed “I AM AWARE”. The project was about a research conducted by CDD-Ghana on sanitation which produced a league table of which Tamale was at the bottom of all districts in Ghana.

LANet-Tamale carried out sensitization activities on the “I AM AWARE” project among its members and the general public of the Tamale Metropolitan area. The project was carried out from Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to Sunday, February 13, 2017. The activities included: visiting the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly; the Tamale Metropolitan Health Directorate; two LANet meetings; radio discussion; and a community durbar. The campaign has succeeded in getting the general public to hear about the “I AM Aware” project and its objectives. The Justice FM station is widely listened to in and around Tamale, and so the one-hour discussion was listened to by many people.

Many participants of the Banvim durbar expressed surprise that as little as one hundred and fifty Ghanaian cedis (GH 150.00) could provide them with household toilets and were prepared to channel some of their resources to the provision of home toilets. We see this as a success of the project.

Another area of success is the acceptance of the project by the Banvim chief, who used the occasion to admonish his people to keep the environment clean.

Attendance was also an area of success. Over one hundred and sixty people were in attendance.

INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY (IACD)

The International Anti-Corruption Day is marked every first Saturday of December and it is recognized by the United Nations Organization. The Days were celebrated in Tamale and Wa by RUWA in collaboration with the GACC in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. See pictures and videos of the celebrations below

2017 INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY CELEBRATION

2018 INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY CELEBRATION

2018 IACD CAMPAIGN IN SDA CHURCH, TAMALE

2021 TO 2022 GACC PROJECTS

The GACC secured funding from the US Embassy for a project entitled: ‘COVID-19 Accountability Bridges: Providing Platforms for Engaging Government on Transparent and Accountable COVID-19 Expenditure’

BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT

Ghana has been supported by funds from both internal and external sources in this regard, notably an outlay of $1 billion as Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and $100 million from the World Bank for health-related logistics. However, Ghana’s experience with corruption and the historic reckless spending during election years such as 2020 does create concern for the efficient application of the COVID-19 funds.

This is the background that necessitates the ‘COVID-19 Accountability Bridges: Providing Platforms for Engaging Government on Transparent and Accountable COVID-19 Expenditure’ project. The project is designed as a vehicle for obtaining information on COVID-19 spending and subjecting the expenditure to value for money and accountability checks. The project is also concerned with the ‘how’ of the spending. Transparency, compliance with procurement laws, including the emergency procurement guidelines, and the administrative burden of COVID-19 expenditure are all areas that are within the scope of this project.

After administering questionnaires involving the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, the Metropolitan Health Directorate, the Ghana Enterprise Agency and Citizens of Tamale Metropolis, a report was produced which was the matter of discussion at a Hall Meeting at the GNAT Hall in Tamale.

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