SEND – Ghana, an advocacy organisation, is implementing a project dubbed “Strengthening Accountable Democratic Institutions and Systems through Citizen Engagement (SADISC) in 17 districts across four regions in the country.
The purpose of the SADISC project is to renew and build upon efforts to increase the abilities of anti-corruption civil society organisations in order for them to motivate the public to apply pressure to policy makers and institutions with the view of reducing corruption in Ghana.
Northern, Upper East, Upper West and Greater Accra regions are the four beneficiary regions while in the Upper West Region, the project is to be implemented in Lawra, Sissala East, Wa Municipal, Jirapa and the Nadowli districts.
Speaking during a Regional and District Level Stakeholder Consultation, Mr. Daniel Akai Adotey, Programme Officer for SEND – Ghana said the SADISC project was anchored on active citizen’s participation and ownership.
The project will be implemented in 50 districts across all the 10 administrative regions of Ghana, he said.
Mr. Adotey said the project had two components and component one would look at improving organisational capacity among CSOs to perform long term, strategic law reform campaigns and to increase citizens engagement in law reform campaigns among others.
Component two will focus on empowering citizens and CSOs to report and document corruption and related cases through accessible and innovative ICT and social media platforms.
It will equip citizens with sufficient knowledge of the costs and impacts of corruption on their lives in order for them to engage in anti-corruption activism for change.
Mr. Adotey said over the last decade, Ghana had developed and implemented several anti-corruption initiatives, passed a number of anti-corruption laws, ratified international conventions, established accountability institutions and developed a National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
He said the SADISC Project was therefore meant to renew and build upon some of the above mentioned efforts and also to increase the abilities of anti-corruption CSOs to motivate the public to apply pressure to policy makers and institutions.
“This project will leverage support from the USAID to enable the consortium (Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and SEND – Ghana) to create voices to demand transparency and accountability from duty bearers in our fight against corruption”, he said. GNA