Local Government To Sign Pact With France

Local Government Minister, Julius Debrah

Local Government Minister, Julius Debrah

The Republic of Ghana, represented by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, H.E Julius Debrah, and the Minister of State for Public Sector Reform, H.E Alhassan Azong (MP), and the Republic of France, represented by H.E. Frédéric Clavier, Ambassador of France to Ghana, will sign a financing agreement to the implementation of the SPF Project ‘Strengthening the accountability of Ghana’s central and local administrations. The signature will take place at the Residence of France, next week Tuesday

This project 2014-2 is funded by a Solidarity Priority Fund (SPF), a major tool to finance cooperation actions of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the policy of development aid. The grant will amount 800 million Euros and will be implemented for three years, starting in July 2014. The objective will be to contribute to ground the culture of accountability through practical and concrete support to specific mechanisms, both at central and local level, involving the full range of stakeholders. It will be composed of 4 operational components.

The first component, implemented by GIMPA, will consolidate the public sector accountability at central level, while the second component, implemented by IGLS, will consolidate at local level in the Western region. The third component implemented by CDD will allow the innovation for social accountability. The fourth component is project management.

Rule of law, participation, consensus building, transparency, efficiency, responsiveness and accountability are pillars of democratic governance. State and non-state actors can participate effectively in development processes through the implementation of those governance principles.

In Ghana, if positive progresses have been made during the last decades, key reforms remain to be launched, in order to ensure public sector efficiency and transparency. In that respect the culture of the country’s public sector is not yet fully established, especially considering the context of accelerated decentralisation, which involves important transfer of competences and means to local authorities (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies).

In addition to this general context, the project will take into account the experience gained through the two previous cooperation projects SPF 2005-83 « Support to Decentralisation and Local Governance» and SPF 2006-87 « Support to Public Sector Reform ».

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