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Empowering Local Stakeholders to Enhance Extractives Sector Accountability

To enhance transparency and accountability in Ghana’s extractives sector, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), with funding from the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), has successfully launched 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.” This initiative aims to empower local communities to monitor and advocate for the responsible use of petroleum revenues in the extractive sector.

The project was carried out in five key districts. To commence the project, a Training of Trainers (ToT) session was held in Ho, Volta Region, and subsequently in Tamale in the Northern Region, Asante Akim Central in the Ashanti Region, Takoradi, and Nzema East in the Western Region. During these sessions, the GACC team trained Local Accountability Networks (LANets) on Ghana’s extractive sector, resource governance, and the use of monitoring tools to help monitor oil and gas-funded projects to boost transparency and accountability. This training aimed to boost transparency and accountability by equipping the LANets with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively monitor oil and gas-funded projects, enhancing their capacity to monitor designated projects, document instances of corruption and non-compliance, and advocate for corrective action.

Following the training, the GACC and the LANets held inception meetings with key stakeholders at the Volta Regional Coordinating Council, Western Regional Council, and Northern Regional Council, as well as with the Ho Municipal Assembly, Nzema East Municipal Assembly, Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Asante Akim North, and Asante Akim Central Municipal Assemblies. These meetings featured one-on-one discussions with the Regional Coordinating Director (RCD), Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), and other senior management team members. These discussions introduced the project, solicited input, and promoted collaboration with the LANets to develop strategies enhancing transparency and accountability in the extractive sector. Engaging with these regions and assemblies ensured that the project’s approach was tailored to local contexts, securing broad-based support for its implementation.

The feedback and support garnered during these engagements have been instrumental in refining the project’s approach to better align with local needs and priorities. These activities have resulted in secured stakeholder buy-in, enhanced LANet capacity regarding extractive issues and accountability, and strengthened project implementation through a deeper understanding of monitoring tools to monitor oil and gas-funded projects.

By empowering local stakeholders at the district level, GACC is advancing transparency and accountability in Ghana’s oil and gas sector. The collaboration with local authorities and LANets has been essential for effective monitoring of petroleum revenue use. As Ghana continues to promote accountability in extractive resource management, initiatives like this are driving significant change from the grassroots level upwards. Stay tuned for more updates on this impactful project.

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