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January – February - March: Summary of news
Published 30/03/2020
January – February - March: Summary of news

Here’s a selection of what has been happening:

ARAP Holds its Final Annual Retreat in Aburi

ARAP organised its Final Annual Retreat from 29th to 31st January 2020 in Aburi. The two-day retreat brought together all its stakeholders including the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Judicial Service (JS), Ghana Police Service (GPS), Office of Attorney General (OAG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Legal Aid Commission (LAC), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and STAR Ghana. In attendance were representatives from the Council for Law Reporting and the European Union Delegation to Ghana (EUD).

The specific objectives of the retreat were the following:

  • To take stock of the implementation of ARAP by all the Stakeholders in 2019.
  • Provide an update on the implementation of the Mid Term Evaluation recommendations.
  • Address possible factors that may hinder implementation and plan on measures to ensure smooth implementation and improve the chances of enduring and coordinated results of the interventions of ARAP.
  • To take steps towards the development and implementation of Exit and Sustainability Strategy.

ARAP Hosts the 14th coordination Steering Committee Meeting

ARAP Steering Committee members gathered in Accra to review its last quarterly activities and questions related to the next programme activities. This quarterly, the 14th Steering Committee was chaired by Mr David Eklu from the Ghana Police Service.

The Steering Committee, which provides support, guidance, and oversight the progress of the programme, compromised representatives of ARAP’s coordination unit, the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Attorney General (AG), the Judiciary and Judicial Service (JS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Legal Aid Commission (LAC) and the Economic and Organized Crime Organisation (EOCO).

ARAP engages the 2nd Annual AGA-Africa Conference in Accra.

ARAP, in its line to strengthen international networks, engaged the 2nd Annual AGA-Africa Conference on March 2-9, 2020 in Ghana.

The AGA-Africa Conference, part of the Attorney General Alliance (AGA) Africa Alliance Partnership, brought together six African American U.S. State Attorneys General, several of their African counterparts and other individuals working on transnational crime to discuss, collaborate, and coordinate on new strategies and solutions to combat these serious issues.

Tuinese Amuzu, ARAP Key Expert of Rule of Law, participated with a presentation on "Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery. Realities and Solutions for the Future"

The theme of this year’s conference was “Tackling the Reality of Transnational Crimes in Africa”.

EPA holds an Orientation Workshops: Complaints Management Pilot two in Accra and Kumasi

The objectives of this activity were:

  • A more efficient and effective process for joint management of environment-related complaints involving the EPA and MMDAs
  • Standardised collection and management of information about the complaint (due to adoption of templates and guidelines)
  • A cost-effective, efficient and effective mechanism for communicating information about complaints (a dedicated WhatsApp platform)
  • Complainants more satisfied with how their complaints are managed
  • Greater transparency (to the public) and accountability (of public officials) around complaints management.

11 institutions sign an Anti-Corruption Memorandum of Understanding to combat corruption and crime

The agreement was spearheaded by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), with the support of the European Union through its Accountability Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP. The other ten institutions which signed the MoU were the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Parliament of Ghana, the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, the Ghana Audit Service, Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), the Internal Audit Agency, the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), and the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

The signing of the MoU is another milestone in Ghana’s efforts to combat corruption and crime.

ARAP Coordination Unit in Ghana work remotely during the Corona pandemic

The ARAP Coordination Unit office is closed to the public but we are still working together with our partners during the Corona pandemic. We are working remotely to ensure continuity of our support to promote good governance, in order to enhance accountability and strengthen anti-corruption efforts across the country

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