BudgIT Ghana pays a courtesy visit to the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to discuss a potential partnership to improve health accountability.
As part of its ongoing institutional engagement in CTAP activities in Ghana, BudgIT Ghana Ag, country Manager, Mr. Felix Ankrah, visited the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office to showcase the different areas of focus of the BudgIT Foundation and the projects that BudgIT Ghana is working on, especially the Covid-19 Transparency and Accountability Project (CTAP).
CTAP is a civil society-led initiative to increase citizen engagement, promote change in how governments use public resources and increase the government’s capacity to meet people’s needs. Concerning COVID-19 disbursement in Ghana, problems like illegal procurement, political use of funds and other relief, and diverting funds into the personal accounts of political leaders have left many communities struggling with the pandemic’s effects in economic and social isolation.
BudgIT Ghana has engaged numerous individuals and organizations, including government officials, on their perspectives on the disbursement and distribution of COVID-19 funds and vaccines to fulfill the mandate for transparency and financial accountability of the COVID-19 funds. Mr. Felix Ankrah met with the KOICA-Ghana team, Mr. Yountae Kim (WFX-Program Manager), and Ms. Misun Kang (Young Professional) to introduce the BudgIT and look for ways to work together to make the public sector more open and accountable.
Mr. Yountae Kim stated in his remarks that a good partnership is critical to development. Ms. Kang emphasized this point, citing numerous collaborations between KOICA and other institutions. The meeting was fruitful, with plans to collaborate in the near future. KOICA’s vision is to contribute to the common prosperity of mankind and the promotion of world peace through inclusive and win-win development cooperation where no one is left behind.