Past EventEXPRESSION OF INTEREST
THE GHANA INTEGRITY INITIATIVE (GII)
The Local Chapter Of Transparency International
Call for Expression of Interest
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International (TI), is implementing a project with support from STAR-Ghana that seeks to examine the key recommendations of the PAC on Avoidable cost against the state (judgement debts and settlement claims) and demand action where it is lacking. GII also intends to examine the existence and functionality of Audit Reports Implementation Committees (ARICs) in a selected number of MDAs, including the Attorney-General’s Department. A report would be compiled on actions taken on the PAC recommendations in the past three years which would be referred to as (Show me the Money!). Finally, GII would use this report to advocate for enforcement of relevant laws aimed at curbing corruption in the public sector.
Ghana continues to lose huge sums of money through the payment of judgement debts as indicated in the Auditor General’s report of 2010. It appears that people who are paid to deal with state transactions and protect its interest, with particular reference to defending the state in court cases involving the demand for compensation for the breach and/or abrogation of contracts have not performed their mandate effectively. Procurement regulations seem to be disregarded while due diligence appears lacking when it comes to signing contracts and terminating of these contracts, and even paying judgement to claimers.
These issues are worrying to anti-corruption agencies and many well-meaning Ghanaians as subsequent discussions and reactions have tended to demonstrate society’s acceptance of these weaknesses. In some cases, public discussions of the key issues surrounding the payment of judgement debts have been characterized by threats and actions that can impact negatively on our efforts to promote transparency and accountability and hence, curb corruption. The issues that are emerging from the debates on these judgement debts as revealed by the Auditor-General’s reports smack of severe weaknesses in the exercise of delegated and discretionary powers by public officials who have failed to act solely and exclusively in the public interest.
GII intends to find out how much of the tax payers money goes in to the payment of these debts at the expense of vital development projects, what makes this possible and what needs to be done to help minimize this trend. GII plans to examine the phenomenon from the perspective of the effectiveness of institutions staffed with persons hired and paid to protect the state from such losses of its limited resources, the adequacy of laws, regulations and procedures that have been put in place to ensure the efficient use of resources and the issues of conflict of interest and corruption that fuel this phenomenon.
In this regard, GII is seeking to hire the services of a consultant who would help among others
a. Document all avoidable cost (judgement Debts) against the state paid over the past three years i.e. (2009-2011)
b. Ascertain the causes of any inordinate payments from public funds and financial losses arising from arbitration awards, negotiated settlements and akin processes since the 1992 Constitution came into force;
c. Categorize all judgement debts paid within this period into some of the following:
1. Termination of appointments/contracts
2. Accidents and reckless driving by public officers
3. Molestations by security officers
4. Other forms of torts for which the state suffered loss.
d. Examine the extent to which the state contested the various claims
e. Make clear recommendations on the way forward for government not to incur undue financial losses when it does business with private persons or institutions
The consultant will be expected to produce a reader-friendly document providing cogent and current information on all the guidelines stipulated regarding all avoidable cost against the state (Judgement Debts) paid over the past three years i.e. (2009-2011)
A summarized version of this document would be published after duly validated by relevant stakeholders and experts in the area.
Timelines for Assignment
All interested and qualified persons should send their Expression of interest and CV to the following address by 31st January, 2013
by hand delivery
Vitus Adaabo Azeem
The Executive Director,
Ghana Integrity Initiative,
H/No. 21 Abelenkpe Road, Abelenkpe,
Start Date: 2013-01-25
End Date: 2013-01-31
TopPast EventC5 FORUM ON ANTI-CORRUPTION WEST AFRICA - EDITION ON “TAILORING EFFECTIVE ANTI-CORRUPTION COMPLIANCE STRATEGIES WHEN OPERATING IN A HIGH RISK DEVELOPING REGION” – CLICK TO REGISTER NOW!!!
GII is informing all its partners of the C5 forum on Anti-Corruption West Africa - Edition on:
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which will be held in Accra, Ghana from June 19 - 20, 2012 at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra Ghana. Interested Partners should please follow this steps. There is four (4) easy steps to register:
1. Click here to register online: http://www.c5-online.com/ACWestAfrica/MR05
2. PHONE their registration hotline on +44 (0)20 7878 6888
3. FAX their details directly to +44 (0)20 7878 6885
4. EMAIL your details directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
For any further clarification please call GII on +0302-782364.
Start Date: 2012-06-19
End Date: 2012-06-20