Citizen Audits of District Assemblies’ Capital Projects: Results and key issues emerging from the first round…

A Community member in a scorecard process at Kuyuli.

 

Between August and December last year, the Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms (GSAM) project supported civil society organisations (CSOs) and citizens in 50 districts to assess the performance of their district assemblies in the planning and implementation of 100 capital projects that were selected from the 2015/2016 Annual Action Plans (AAPs).

Using the community scorecards approach, citizens and CSOs assessed whether the projects were properly initiated and captured in the assemblies’ medium term and annual plans, whether the contractors were selected and awarded contracts in line with the procurement law, whether the assemblies monitored and supervised the projects to ensure timely and quality execution and whether the projects were yielding or could yield any benefits.

An analysis of the results of the scorecards across the 50 districts (as presented on page 7) showed that citizens and the CSOs rated the district assemblies highly for adhering to the procurement procedures for contractor selection and contracting and to the NDPC guidelines that require district assemblies to involve citizens and other relevant stakeholders in preparing their Medium Term Development Plans.

They were also largely satisfied with the benefits that were being or will be generated by those projects. However, it was found that citizens and CSOs were not very satisfied with the performance of their assemblies in the actual implementation of the projects. This was because many of the projects were not completed on time due to lack of funding and in some cases, poor monitoring and supervision.

The districts with the highest scores were Suhum (93%), Zabzugu (92%) and Tatale-Sanguli (91%) whilst the districts that scored the lowest were Adansi North (45%), Sene East (42%) and Sefwi Akontombra (37%).

A number of community and district townhall meetings have since been organized in the 50 districts where citizens and district authorities discussed the outcome of the scorecard results and agreed on measures to address areas of poor performance.

This year, the project is once again supporting CSOs and citizens in the 50 districts to select and monitor capital projects being implemented from the 2016/2017 Annual Action Plans and to generate scorecards on the performance of the assemblies. The results of these scorecards would be shared in subsequent editions of the newsletter.

 

Dissemination of performance update.