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Empowering Local Stakeholders to Enhance Extractives Sector Accountability (Training of Trainers session in Ho)

To bolster transparency and accountability in Ghana’s extractives sector, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), with funding support from the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), has successfully rolled out Phase II of the project titled “From Disclosure to Impact – Mobilizing Local Civil Society to Verify Published Extractives Data and Advocate for Equitable, Accountable Spend of Funds.” The project aims to empower local communities in monitoring and advocating for responsible petroleum revenue use in the extractive sector.

To begin the activities for the five project districts, a Training of Trainers (ToT) session was carried out in Ho, Volta Region. The GACC Team provided training for the Local Accountability Networks (LANets) on Ghana’s extractive sector, resource governance, and the use of monitoring tools to enhance transparency and accountability. The training was instrumental in equipping the teams with the knowledge and skills necessary to monitor petroleum revenue use and advocate for accountability effectively.

Following the training, the GACC and the Local Accountability Networks (LANets) conducted a series of inception meetings with key stakeholders in Ho. These meetings were held at the premises of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council and the Ho Municipal Assembly. The team engaged in one-on-one discussions with the Regional Coordinating Director (RCD), the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), and other members of their management teams. These discussions introduced the project, sought inputs, and fostered collaboration for the district to work with the Local Accountability Networks (LANets) on key strategies to enhance transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.

 

The valuable feedback and support received during these engagements have been pivotal in fine-tuning the project’s approach to align with

local needs and priorities.

The outcomes of the activities in Ho include secured stakeholder buy-in and support, enhanced capacity of LANets regarding extractive issues and accountability and strengthened project implementation through an improved understanding of the monitoring tools.

Empowering local stakeholders in Ho, GACC is fostering transparency and accountability in Ghana’s oil and gas sector. The collaboration and support from local authorities and LANets have been crucial for effective monitoring of petroleum revenue use. As Ghana promotes accountability in extractive resource management, initiatives like this drive meaningful change from the local level up. Stay tuned for updates on this impactful project.

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