Ghana hosts its partner country members locally and international at a two-day workshop on development data and usage to share country experiences and make contributions on effective use of data for development.
The Deputy Minister for Finance, Mr. Ato Forson noted that the ultimate goal of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is tobetter the utilization of the published information by the end-users in shaping policies both at the national and sub-national level.
The Deputy Minister added that there is the need to exploit the wealth of information in order to meet the planning needs at the national and sub-national level.
He indicated that there is also the need to consider the quality needs of the end-user by improving the usability of the data.
Mr. AtoForson said government has received numerous calls for a concerted effort towards engaging and building the capacity of the end-users of data, particularly Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media and academia for correct outcomes.
He is expecting that the forum will come out with ideas on the capacity, efficiency and availability of informative need to be better packaged and highlighted in a fully operationalised concept of transparency.
The Deputy Minister for Finance posited that the workshop will deliver the promises of better, timely and user-driven development data for effective outcomes.
He said this at an opening ceremony of a two-day workshop organized by the Government of Ghana (GOG), the Ministry of Finance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IATI.
The country Director of UNDP Ghana, Mr. Dominic Sam noted that they have a long-standing commitment to transparency, with country offices publishing financial, procurement and programme information on prospective website on an annual basis.
“Our online portal allows open, comprehensive access to data on active UNDP projects, and publishes over US$ 5.8 billion in project data,” he stated.
According to him, data has the power to drive decisions, and gives us the roadmap to reform, as it also tell us where we are, where we need to go and points to where the risk lie.
The Country Director expected that data gaps will be the focus of extensive discussions at the two day forum.
It is expected that clear recommendations to address questions on the use of data, data quality and accessibility, improving systems to provide robust data system to track the use of resources for effectiveness and sustainable development.
According to Mr. Sam, as a member of the IATI since 2008, UNDP has led outreach efforts with partner countries and United Nations agencies to champion the aid transparency standard and make it relevant for national development planning.
This includes public financial management, mutual accountability and other processes at country level.
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