Local Accountability Network Concept
The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) intervention to increasing local governance participation (in both numbers and depth of engagement) lies in the establishment of the Local Accountability Network (LANet) concept. The GACC citizen anti-corruption groups recognized as the LANets, are present in thirty-four (34) districts within 13 of Ghana’s 16 administrative regions. The LANet concept is consistent with local governance in terms of the structure of the LANets and their activities. Over the years, their efforts have resulted in increased collaboration between local government, service providers, and citizens to ensure timely delivery of infrastructure and services, as well as quality infrastructure and better services, and more importantly accountable governance. GACC also supports the LANets to monitor public procurement processes as well the implementation of audit recommendations of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to ensure local governments responsiveness to audit recommendations and thereby, strengthen their financial systems.
The LANet brings together representatives from local civil society and thereby makes its membership truly representative of the sub-groups in the district. The core LANet members are representatives of the following groups:
- Youth and Adolescent Groups
- Women Groups
- Child Advocacy Groups
- Trade Associations, such as carpenters, beauticians’ associations, etc.
- Professional Associations, such as teachers
- Traditional Rulers, such as chiefs and queenmothers
- People with Disability Groups (PwDs)
- Local Civil Society Organizations (LCSOs)
- Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)
- Faith-based Organizations
GACC Achievements at a Glance
The GACC has achieved legitimacy and acceptance as the premier anti-corruption organization in Ghana and the convener for anti-corruption issues. The GACC leads and facilitates bi-annual meeting of CSOs with the President of Ghana. The Coalition also maintains a platform for anti-corruption CSOs to discuss common issues and undertake joint advocacy.
GACC has also contributed to the passage and implementation of critical Ghana anti-corruption legislations such as:
- Whistleblowers Act of 2006 (Act 720) passed. GACC also developed a simple handbook to help people comprehend the Act, which was translated into four different Ghanaian languages. Influence the Whistle Blower Amendment process with findings from nationwide stakeholder engagements
- Right to Information Act of 2019 (Act 989)
- Office of the Special Prosecutor Act of 2018 (Act 959),
- Witness Protection Act of 2018 (Act 975),
- Public Financial Management Regulations of 2019 (L.I 2378) etc
GACC initiates and leads the periodic anti-corruption CSOs engagement platform with the three arms of government (the Executive, legislature, and the Judiciary) in 2017 to discuss concerns of mutual interest and proffer evidence-based recommendations on issues bothering on corruption, governance, and decentralization.
The GACC has been extensively involved in UNCAC reviews as much as a non-state actor is allowed to. The state actors that are party to UNCAC reviews and have roles to play are members of GACC and therefore the Coalition is quite abreast with the UNCAC Review for Ghana.