Supporting Ghana's commitment to good governance
UNDP Ghana supports the government’s commitment to good governance. The priority is placed on meeting increasing citizen demands for transparency, accountability, justice, equality and participation. This support is structured broadly under 3 thematic areas:
(i.) Representation and Participation, inclusive of Decentralisation
(ii.) Conflict prevention
(iii.) Promotion of Human Rights and Access to Justice.
For Representation and Participation, UNDP is supporting national institutions such as the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation (under the Office of the Vice-President), the Local Government Service Secretariat, the Institute for Local Government Studies, Electoral Commission, Institute of Local Government Studies, National Commission on Civic Education, National Media Commission, Ghana Journalists’ Association, Ghana Aids Commission, Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and the National Youth Authority to strengthen participation of all stakeholders in decision-making and decentralised governance processes including elections, at all levels. Specifically on elections, UNDP is working to promote public confidence in the process and to strengthen effective partnerships among key electoral stakeholders.
On Conflict Prevention, UNDP is supporting the development of mechanisms for conflict prevention, management, resolution and the building of sustainable peace in the country. These mechanisms include the National Architecture for Peace and specifically the National Peace Council. Arrangements are far advanced to establish Regional and District Peace Councils to provide support services and other peace initiatives to the Regional Coordinating Councils, Regional Security Councils, District Assemblies and District Security Councils.
UNDP is also working to enhance the government’s ability to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons through the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms. Furthermore, the Ministry of Women and Children is supported on the National Plan of Action (GHANAP 1325) to operationalize and implement UNSCR 1325. This Action Plan emphasizes the important roles women can play in conflict prevention, through participation in peace negotiations and processes as well as developing mechanisms to address gender-based, and specifically, sexual–based violence, with regard to the promotion of women’s human rights. The University of Ghana is also supported on the Commonwealth Youth Sandwich Programme on Conflict Resolution Strategies and Skills. Other Civil Society Organisations and youth groups are similarly supported to promote peace.
On Human Rights and access to justice, UNDP is supporting institutional capacity development of national institutions such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Judicial Service, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, Legal Aid Scheme, African Peer Review Mechanism, Institute of Democratic Governance, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition and other Civil Society Organizations in the promotion of human rights and access to justice, especially for the poor and disadvantaged.
UNDP supports transparency and accountability at the local governance level, while strengthening the capacity of citizens to access the legal system. UNDP is also providing support for the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
In 2013, the Democratic Governance cluster is implementing about five (5) projects all linked to the UNDAF outcome 10: 'Key national institutions of democracy are effective, accountable, gender responsive and promote peace inclusive governance, human security with focus on vulnerable groups, by 2016'
Issues featured in this edition include:
1. 2013 UNCAC Review of Ghana
2. Customs Baseline
3. NACAP Review by Parliament
4. Governance Assessments & Social Accountability
5. Access to Justice and Prison Decongestion in Nsawam
6. National Peace Architecture
7. Ghana Conflict Mapping
8. Constitutional Review Implementation
9. Youth in Governance