BudgIT, a civic organization that uses technology to promote fiscal transparency and public sector accountability, has officially launched operations in Ghana.
The eight-year-old organization which operates in Nigeria uses technology to simplify public information which enables active citizens their right to demand accountability, institutional reforms, and service delivery.
BudgIT will be bringing that same use of technology to empower active citizens in Ghana.
BudgIT principal lead Gabriel Okeowo said, “This exactly is our ultimate goal in Ghana, focusing on four core programme areas: budget access, project tracking, extractive transparency, and institutional support,”
According to Okeowo, Ghana, like most developing countries, still grapples with a low level of transparency in the management of public resources and accountability on the part of public officials among other corruption issues.
“For democracies to thrive, transparency and accountability are sacrosanct. This forms the reason why mechanisms must be steadily in place to keep citizens informed and engaged,” he added.
Okeowo asserted, “A budget document is said to be credible and effective when it is made available in an easily digestible version, which encourages public engagement irrespective of citizens’ literacy level. We want to help Ghana achieve this.”
BudgIT believes that this initiative will significantly improve the level of transparency and accountability in Ghana, and equally create an online platform for both citizens and public officials to engage.