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Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

Civic Participation & Fiscal Transparency (SEK0007)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Sekondi-Takoradi Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly

Support Institution(s): Other involved actors Development Planning Unit, PRO, ISD Institution: Berea Social Foundation Designation: Project Administrator Name: Joyce Cudjoe Telephone: +233-24-3507986 E-mail: besofo2006@yahoo.com Friends of the Nation, African Women International, Community Land and Development Foundation, Global Communities, STMA-CSUF, Media and other relevant Local and International Organizations (eg. GIZ, Behavioural Insights Team, CDD-Ghana, SEND Ghana)

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Fiscal Transparency, Participation in Budget Processes, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery, Subnational, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

NO. 2: CIVIC PARTICIPATION & FISCAL TRANSPARENCY
Enhance civic participation by empowering citizens in decisions related to development planning, composite budgeting and fee fixing; create a localised standard operating procedure for streamlining financial records management and sharing.
Name and contact information of responsible department/team
Institution: Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly
Designation: Metropolitan Budget Analyst
Name: Evans Mark -Andoh
Telephone: +233-24-462660
E-mail: paaboah2002@yahoo.com
Other involved actors
Development Planning Unit, PRO, ISD
Institution: Berea Social Foundation Designation: Project Administrator Name: Joyce Cudjoe Telephone: +233-24-3507986 E-mail: besofo2006@yahoo.com
Friends of the Nation, African Women International, Community Land and Development Foundation, Global Communities, STMA-CSUF, Media and other relevant Local and International Organizations (eg. GIZ, Behavioural Insights Team, CDD-Ghana, SEND Ghana)
Status quo or problem/issue to be addressed
The Local Governance Act (LGA) 2016 (Act 936), Public Financial Management Act (Act 921), National Development Planning Commission Act 1994, (Act 479) and National Development Planning System Regulations 2016, (L.I. 2232) mandates a bottom-up approach to development planning, budgeting, fee fixing and requires that citizens are consulted during these processes. Although sections in the above mentioned Acts (example LGA 2016, Act 936-section 40-48) mandates participatory governance at the local level; the level of and avenues for citizens‟ participation and involvements in the development planning, composite budgeting and fee fixing are limited to the leadership of identifiable stakeholders, selected community members and centralised location. For example about 500 people directly participated in the preparation of current medium-term development plan and Fee Fixing. Further most citizens do not understand the development planning, composite budgeting and fee fixing processes of the final products (Development Plan document, Annual Budget document and Fee Fixing Resolution document). As a result of the above citizens feel that their needs are not adequately reflected and captured in the Assembly‟s development plans and annual budget. This has a negative impact on their lives since their needs and aspirations are not met. Concerning fiscal transparency and access to financial data, there is no system in place to manage, share and receive feedback on the Assembly‟s revenue and expenditure. Due to this situation, citizens do not have access to the right information on their contributions (rates and fees) and external inflows (donors and central government) and how these funds are used in service and infrastructure provision. Respectively 63% and 17% of the people engaged during the co-creation process rated the access to financial data as poor and average.
Brief Description of Commitment
The Metropolitan Assembly will work with the relevant agencies, institutions, and CSOs to develop the necessary protocols to ensure the fulfillment of the provisions made in sections 40-48 of the Local Governance Act 2016, Act 936. This will be achieved through building the capacity of state and non-state actors, increasing avenues for inclusive participation and facilitating the development of specific community action plans to serve as inputs into the Assembly‟s Medium-Term Development Plan for 2022-2025. Develop and disseminate simplified version of development plan, budget and fee fixing documents to engage citizens and other stakeholders. Leverage on community notices boards, the media, Assembly website and other social media platforms to disseminate the aforementioned documents. STMA would also develop and share disaggregated financial records on generated revenue and external inflows that would be simple, easy to understand and analyze by citizens.
Main Objective
To empower citizens to enhance responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision- making at all levels and also build citizens trust and confidence in resource allocation and utilization.
Way in which this commitment is relevant to further advancing OGP values of access to information, public accountability, civic participation, and technology and innovation for openness and accountability
Increased transparency and active citizens‟ engagement in policy deliberation and decision making will enhance the responsiveness and accountability of local government thus, the most direct form of open government. Allowing citizens direct access and participation in government decision making ensures that people drive what affects them most. Thus fostering continuous citizen participation, exercising accountability in governance, advocating for policy change, and delivering essential services to otherwise excluded people. The commitment has the impact of reducing citizens‟ apathy in the payment of taxes and rates needed for development as openness and accountability would be promoted. Also citizens would see the real impact of their financial contributions and other statutory payments from central government
Linkage to SDGs
Though ambitious, but when implemented this commitment will go a long way in meeting the needs and aspirations of citizens, foster greater partnership amongst stakeholders and ensure prosperity. This will ensure civic participation and financial data accessible to all it citizens and contribute to the achievement of the following SDGs: Goal 1 (end extreme poverty), Goal 4 (quality education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), Goal 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), Goal 10 (reduced inequality) and Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) are aligned to this commitment.
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the commitment
1. Sensitise the public on the planning and budget process and disseminate simplified information on the Assembly‟s 2019 Action Plan and Composite Budget in the three submetropolitan councils. The efficacy of the sensitisation and dissemination of the simplified information will be evaluated to determine if people are able to understand the budget process and information
Staff time, transportation, Stationery, BIT for impact evaluation
Oct. 2018 – Dec. 2018
2. Build the capacity of 250 people (government, civil society organizations, marginalised groups, traditional leaders, private sector, the media and selected community champions) to understand the planning, budget formulation fee fixing processes and understanding the annual financial account statement and how they can effectively engage with the Assembly. The efficacy of the training will be evaluated to determine if people are able to understand the budget process and information.
Staff time, resource persons, Venue, Stationery, BIT for impact evaluation
Nov. 2018 – Aug. 2019
3. The Metropolitan Assembly to work closely
with the 250 trained community champions to develop inclusive, participatory specific community action plans for each community in STMA through a bottom-up approach to capture the felt needs and aspirations of the citizens. This bottom-up approach will include an iterative evaluation to measure the quality of the plans and which residents are making inputs. These documents will serve as inputs into the preparation of the new 4-year Medium-Term Development Plan (2022-2025) of the Assembly. The last time the Assembly adopted this approach was in 2012 in partnership with Global Communities (formerly CHF), a nongovernmental organization to develop 35 communities action plans
Staff time, resource persons, Stationery, BIT for impact evaluation
Aug. 2019 – March 2020
4. Develop and disseminate simplified version of development plan, budget and fee fixing documents to engage citizens and other stakeholders. The Metropolitan Assembly will make use of the 250 trained people to champion this initiative and leverage on the existing „Time with community‟ to educate, discuss and take citizens inputs.
Staff time, resource persons, Stationery
Jan. 2019 – Sept. 2019
5. Develop an STMA operating procedure for financial data sharing. We will develop operating guidelines on format (simplified template for disaggregating revenue generated and utilization according to each sub metro within STMA.) and time of delivery of financial information and collection of feedback.
Staff time, consultancy, Stationery
Jan. 2019 – May 2019
6. Develop and test 3 to 5 financial data sharing “use cases” and test them through field and lab experiments to evaluate whether they improve comprehension, engagement, and trust in government. Engage citizens, and Assembly Officers, to develop a preliminary set of current “use cases” to requesting and obtaining financial data. “Use cases” will encompass both requests for internal use, and sharing financial information outside of the Assembly through town hall meetings, community engagement, media engagement, community notices boards, Assembly website
Staff time, consultancy, Stationery, BIT for impact evaluation
June 2019 – Oct. 2019
7. Develop, mount and update Community notices boards, upgrade its website and also use the media, and other social media platforms to disseminate the simplified planning, budget fee fixing resolution documents and the annual financial account statement. Social media research trials will be used to evaluate how effective different outreach messages are at attracting engagement.
Staff time, Notice boards, Consultancy, Stationery, BIT for impact evaluation
June 2019 – Aug. 2020
8. Institute an award scheme to recognize and award deserving Assembly Members, Citizens and institutions for dedication and volunteerism. The effect of the award scheme on community pride will be measured through a co-designed survey.
Staff time, awards BIT for impact evaluation
June 2019 – Aug. 2020
Future Vision
To create the civic space for citizens to demand for accountability and inform policy makers of their needs, preferences and expectations.


Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana's Commitments

  1. Transparency and Accountability in Public Infrastructure

    SEK0006, 2018, E-Government

  2. Civic Participation & Fiscal Transparency

    SEK0007, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Public Service Delivery

    SEK0008, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Access to Information

    SEK0009, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Services –Sanitation

    SEK0010, 2018, Public Participation

  6. Public Service-Security

    SEK0001, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Public Service - Sanitation

    SEK0002, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  8. Fiscal Transparency

    SEK0003, 2017, Capacity Building

  9. Starred commitment Public Participation - Private Sector

    SEK0004, 2017, Private Sector

  10. Public Participation - Planning

    SEK0005, 2017, Capacity Building