Ghana wins international anti-corruption award

corruptionThe Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has been named as the third prize recipient of the maiden Anti-Corruption Collective Action award in Washington DC.

Transparency International of Columbia and Malawi won the first and second prizes respectively.

The first ever Anti-Corruption Collective Action competition was organised by the World Bank’s Training and Capacity Development Institute, in collaboration with the Belgium Government and other partners such as Transparency International and the United Nations Global Compact.

The objective of the competition was to identify and share innovative solutions to corruption through multi-stakeholder efforts, known as Collective Action building.

A GACC statement to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday explained that Mrs. Florence Dennis, the Coalition’s Executive Secretary submitted works, which centred on building partnerships to eliminate corruption in society.

The presentation focused on how the GACC has worked over the years as a multi-stakeholder group, drawing on the strengths of different partners to build anti-corruption strategies, advocate the passage of anti-corruption laws, educate the youth and ensure that the issue of corruption remained an important agenda in all development policies.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs Dennis urged the media to continue to support the coalition in its anti-corruption initiatives as a way of consolidating the principle of good governance in Ghana.

The Columbia’s presentation was based on a Voluntary Agreement to Prevent Corruption and Bribery Practices within the Piping Market Sector, while Malawi focused on the Business Action against Corruption.

The evaluation of the entries was based on the results, impact, replicability and the innovation of the projects presented.

The innovative work of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has been recognized world-wide.

The GACC was launched in January 2001 and is currently made up of institutional members, comprising the Commission on Human rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, Institute of Economic Affairs, the Private Enterprise Foundation, and Ghana Journalists Association.

Others are the Serious Fraud Office, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana Conference of Religions for Peace and National Governance Secretariat.

Source: GNA

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