Corruption Watch is an anti-corruption project initiated by Civil Society Organizations, Think Tanks and the media, to create a platform that will sustain the focus on corruption and ensure that people change their mindset about corruption.
Corruption Watch was initiated by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Joy FM, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), and the Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA). The initiative is supported by a DfID funded programme, Strengthening Action Against Corruption (STAAC).
Corruption has become pervasive and is considered as “normal” in Ghana. This mainly due to the following factors:
Our goal is to reduce public corruption through transparency and persistency in the fight against corrupt officials, from exposure to closure.
Our mission is to promote integrity in public life by demanding and activating responsiveness and accountability of all actors in the anti-corruption space. We work to ensure corruption cases are investigated. We also seek to make corruption risky and very unattractive, while closing opportunities which breed corruption. These, we believe, will be achieved through the passage of key anti-corruption laws, reform in some of the existing anti-corruption laws and effective public education on the impact of corruption on the Ghanaian society.
Corruption Watch seeks to tackle the widespread public sector corruption in Ghana through the strategic implementation of the 5Ps: persistence, punishment, payback, policy and prevention.
PersistenceLack of sustained interest in exposed incidents of corruption causes a huge loss to the public purse due to failure to investigate and sanction corrupt officials. The project will therefore publicise corruption cases and follow up on them to their logical conclusion. Punishment Corruption Watch advocates for stiffer punishment for officials who engage in public corruption, to serve as deterrent to others and make public corruption a highly unattractive pursuit. Payback The project will also ensure corrupt individuals who steal from the people are made to pay back every cedi with interest. This is in the bid to avoid financial loss to the state resulting from corrupt practices. Policy The project will ensure corrupt opportunities which were created or taken advantage of by corrupt individuals are closed. This will be done through persistent advocacy for the tightening of loose anti-corruption rules and strengthening of weak ones. Prevention The project will ensure a change in public officer and citizen attitude towards corruption and promote positive behaviour towards integrity in public life.
Aside from the radio show, there will be Accountability Fora that will provide a platform for anti-corruption institutions to account to the public on progress of their work, challenges and remedial action that should be taken.
There will also be Round Table Discussions on anti-corruption issues of public interest, aimed at advocating and mobilizing stakeholders for institutional reform.
Corruption Watch cases are done by well-trained investigative journalists. To prevent defamation and unnecessary damage to the reputation of people, the project has a team of lawyers who vet all cases and stories before they are aired. The project also offers refresher training on management of legal risks and reputation damage to all team members.
Individuals and institutions are entreated to share tips, concerns and experiences with the Corruption Watch Team on its social media platforms
The country loses huge sums of money and investment in critical sectors of the economy through corruption. Corruption negatively affects the quality of service delivery in all aspects of our lives – education, health, water security, among others. Every act of corruption affects the development of the nation, while negatively impacting the lives of the poor and vulnerable within the society.
A trust fund has been set up to support the work of investigative journalists and source expertise. With a modest donation, citizens and institutions can support the work of Corruption Watch.