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Title:Parliament's role in the fight against corruption
Author:Kan-Dapaah, Albert
Series:IEA monograph
City of publisher:Accra
Publisher:The Institute of Economic Affairs
Geographic term:Ghana
External link:https://africaportal.org/publication/parliaments-role-in-the-fight-against-corruption/
Abstract:In the late eighties and early nineties Ghana embarked on an agitation for Good Governance. We demanded: Human Rights, Media Freedom, Law and Order, Personal Liberties and Parliamentary Democracy. These were the governance challenges at the time. Today, we have achieved virtually all of these demands. Democracy is well planted in our dear country. Consequently, there has been a paradigm shift in our governance challenges, which includes ensuring financial accountability in the public sector. In broad terms, this paper discusses the role of Parliament as the key accountability institution in the fight against Corruption. It also examines the relevance of the Public Financial Management (PFM) system in the fight against corruption, and reveals that key accountability mechanisms are not allowed to operate in the budget cycle; and the specific oversight roles of parliament have not been performed effectively. The paper concludes with some solutions to the anomalies.