Ghana is introducing “numerous”measures to reduce corruption while cabinet ministers will be urged to deal with civil servants guilty of embezzlement, President John Dramani Mahama said. Ghana’s parliament is considering bills that improve the right of information, support whistleblowers and handle conflicts of interest, Mahama said in a speech today in the capital, Accra. Corruption has become “institutionalized,” he said. “We must, as a nation, start talking honestly about corruption,” Mahama said. “We can no longer afford the double-talk, the turning of a blind eye, the refusal to expose dishonest and venal colleagues.” Mahama referred in his speech to accusations of corruption involving a high-ranking government appointee, saying the chief justice was dealing with the matter. Ghana ranks as number 61 on the global Corruption Perceptions Index published annually by the watchdog Transparency International. The list ranks 174 countries, placing the least corrupt countries at the top.
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QUESTION #11 FROM OUR SURVEYS
- A review of the literature on ACAs indicates that there is no standard approach or model when it comes to the establishment of an ACA and the definition of its mandate.
- Some ACAs have been created from scratch, while others have built on existing ombudsman offices, special units within police departments, or justice departments.
- The ACAs included in this initiative are no different. The majority of ACAs have some preventive and investigating functions, but prosecution is carried out by less than half.
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OF COUNTRIES HAVE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS
FROM OUR COUNTRY CROSS-ANALYSIS
The existence of anti-corruption laws is the first step in addressing corruption and creating an enabling environment for ACAs to operate effectively. Anti-corruption laws and regulations such as freedom of information, conflict of interest legislation, whistle-blower protection and financial disclosure, can facilitate the investigative and prosecution functions of ACAs.
For this reason, many countries have introduced this type of laws, as the data collected highlights. This may appear encouraging for the seemingly widespread existence of a comprehensive legal system in support of ACAs activities. It is however important to stress that the data presented capture the existence of the laws (“de jure” system) and not whether the laws are implemented (“de facto”).