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Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (Gacc) Efforts Honoured

The innovative work of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has been recognized by the World Bank Institute, one of the World Bank’s training and capacity development Institute. The Coalition has won the third prize in the first ever Anti-Corruption Collective Action Competition organized by the World Bank Institute with the support of the Belgium Government and other partners such as Transparency International and the United Nations Global Compact.

 Mrs. Florence Dennis, the Executive Secretary of the GACC who submitted the entry on the work of the Coalition, has been presented with the award in the form of a certificate at the World Bank Offices in Washington DC. Her presentation was centered on building partnerships to eliminate corruption in our society. It focused on how the Coalition has worked over the years as a multi-stakeholder group drawing on the strengths of the different partners to build anti-corruption strategies, advocate for the passage of anti-corruption laws, educate the youth and ensure that the issue of corruption remains an important agenda in all development policies.

The objective of the competition was to identify and share innovative solutions to corruption through multi-stakeholder efforts, known as Collective Action building. The evaluation of the entries was based on the results, impact, replicability and the innovation of the projects presented. Other prizes were by Transparency Columbia on a Voluntary Agreement to Prevent Corruption and Bribery Practices within the Piping Market Sector, and the Business Action Against Corruption in Malawi.

The GACC was launched in January 2001 and is currently made up of institutional members comprising the Commission on Human rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF), the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the Ghana conference of Religions for Peace and the National Governance Secretariat.

The GACC has been working with lead institutions including Parliament, the media and Attorney General’s Department in advocating anti-corruption to be mainstreamed into public policy. It has also over the years been training the youth on ethical leadership.

Mrs. Florence Dennis receiving the award, expressed her gratitude to God for how far he has brought the Coalition. She also took the opportunity to commend the institutional members, the Executive Council and Development Partners such as the GTZ, UNDP, World Bank and Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (G-RAP) for their support.

The Executive Secretary renewed her appeal to the media to continue with their support for anti-corruption initiatives as a way of consolidating the principle of good governance, bearing in mind the responsibility imposed by Article 162 (5) of the Constitution on the media to uphold public accountability. It is recalled that the GACC Executive Council recently held discussions with selected media houses on the importance of the media’s contribution to the anti-corruption agenda.

Source: GACC

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