NCCE UNDERTAKES SOCIAL AUDITING ENGAGAMENTS NATIONWIDE

As part of planned activities under the Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme (ARAP), the NCCE will undertake Social Auditing engagements across the country. The civic/public education activities will be jointly rolled out by ARAP stakeholders including the Ghana Police Service (GPS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Legal Aid Commission (LAC), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO), Judicial Service of Ghana. Activities will be carried out in all 254 Districts, beginning in the month of March, 2019.   The theme for the engagements is “Citizens for Transparency and Accountability”.

The objective  of ARAP is to promote  good  governance  in Ghana  by reducing  corruption and  improving  accountability and  compliance with  the  Rule of  Law.  Under ARAP, the NCCE is required to campaign, advocate and lobby for increased accountability and a reduction in corruption in Ghana.

Social Auditing is a flagship programme of the NCCE instituted in 2006 to promote transparency and accountability among public office holders and citizens’ participation in governance. Social auditing is done     through     promoting     discourse    among      citizens    and    office     bearers       on      planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and programmes.

The aim of social auditing is to promote community ownership of development of projects and policies, increase awareness of the operations of the Local Government and empower the citizenry to demand accountability from duly bearers. It will also give opportunity for persons outside government operations to influence policy making, implementation and evaluation.

Social Auditing will follow issues of concern to the citizenry in the following areas: Education, Health, Employment, Agriculture, Energy, Economy, Corruption, Women and Children, Roads and infrastructure, National Security, Youth Development, Social Services, Taxes and Tariff, Housing, lnformation,  Communication Technology, Sports among others.

Implementation of Social Auditing  activities follows  the  successful  conduct  of  nationwide   sensitisation  actions   to  deepen the knowledge  of the citizenry on what constitutes corruption,  its forms and effects, including its linkages with  human rights.

These activities will be undertaken with support from the European Union (EU).