Cross Cutting Issues

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Cross Cutting Issues

I.  Environmental Governance

Anti-corruption programmes have proven to work better when focussing on a specific “issue”, problem or sector.  ARAP has selected environmental governance - a cross-cutting issue - which can be approached from both the demand and supply sides of accountability and anti-corruption. 

ARAP therefore works with the Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent corruption in this area.  Support is designed to improve and digitalise their monitoring compliance system, strengthen their complaints management system and enforcement through prosecution. 

Collaboration also enables the development of public education strategies for a better, more transparent and responsive environmental governance system in Ghana.   Initial support focusses on the problem of illegal and non-compliant small-scale mining, which is a major political and environmental issue in Ghana.  Over time, new systems will be applied across the EPA’s entire portfolio. 

ARAP also works with institutions in the criminal justice chain to strengthen the legal system’s capacity to prosecute and adjudicate environmental crimes, by developing manuals and training modules for investigators, prosecutors and judges. 

II.  Public Education 

Experiences and case studies from across the globe prove how difficult it is to prevent corruption without changing public attitudes amongst women, men and children.  ARAP therefore supports a broad range of public institutions (CHRAJ, NCCE, GPS, Judicial Services, EPA) to deliver awareness raising campaigns and public and civic education. 

The programme facilitates collaboration and joint activities between public education providers, by creating shared platforms to coordinate efforts and share critical information.  A Public Education Working Group brings stakeholders together to discuss, coordinate and work together on different areas.  They have identified five critical areas to focus on for the duration of the Programme. 
These include: 

  • - Awareness on corruption, public accountability and environmental governance  (led by NCCE)
  • - Public Education on NACAP  (led by CHRAJ)

  • - Public Education in public service delivery  (developed by STAR-Ghana)

  • - Public Education and Environmental Governance  (led by EPA)

  • - Public Education and Law Enforcement  (led by the Ghana Police Service)

III.  Information Management 

Information Management Systems are powerful instruments to help create a more accountable, transparent and open government, and support decision-making processes.  The lack of data and information prevents good understanding and analysis of situations, including the impact of measures taken.  The availability of information and data enables stronger evidence-based policies,  and the ability to implement as well as address the needs and gaps of programmes and projects. 

ARAP supports this area of work, alongside several stakeholders.   For example the EPA is being helped to develop an e-compliance monitoring system, and the Office of the Attorney General has been helped to develop an e-case register system which is being used across  all 10 regions of the country.  ARAP also works with the PPBS (Police Professional Standard Bureau) to develop a comprehensive complaints management e-system, the Judiciary through the Public Relations and Complaint Units (PRCU), and CHRAJ with its NACAP progress monitoring platform.