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Promoting Accountability Through State Audit: A Review Of The Auditor General’s Report On The Consolidated Fund 1994-1999

"Public auditing is one of the cornerstones of public sector financial accountability. Auditing involves the examination of public revenue and expenditure with the aim of ensuring that revenues collected are spent in accordance with the legal mandat…

Operational Performance Of Ghana Airways: A Review Of The Auditor General’s Report

"The State-owned airline, Ghana Airways, was created in 1958 soon after the country gained independence. It was the first national airline in sub-Saharan Africa when it began its operations, but for a number of years it has been on a downward spiral…

The New Sub-Metropolitan District Council Establishment Instruments: Lack of Policy Clarity or Failure of Legislation Drafting?

"The otherwise serene existence of Sub-Metropolitan District Councils as the first levels of the metropolitan structures of the metropolitan assemblies has been thrown into confusion as a result of the enactment of four pieces of subsidiary legislat…

The Unconstitutionality Of The Serious Fraud Office Bill

"In almost all countries, the world over, it has been the experience of the various inhabitants that, for most of their problems, a trial and error approach with appropriate correction has been the significant hallmark that stamps them all as progre…

Enhancing The Decentralisation Programme: District Assemblies And Sub-Structures As Partners In Governance

"Ten years ago, Ghana embarked on a major programme of local government reform and decentralisation. Ten years ago in 1989, the phased programme of District Assembly elections was concluded and the Assemblies inaugurated. Ten years ago, the then PND…

Effective Budget Oversight in Botswana: Role of the Legislature and the Office of the Auditor General

"The paper discusses the effectiveness of public budget oversight in Botswana. It assesses the roles of Parliament and the Office of the Auditor General in budget oversight and makes recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of oversight o…

Governance, Accountability and Effective Basic Service Delivery in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s Post-War development is normatively and politically hinged on a signpost of good governance. Almost all the governance related strategies and public policy documents articulate the consequences of bad governance. Most of these policie…

Formation of a Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making: Concept Note

"This concept note proposes the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making, an informal network whose membership will comprise of Members of both the National Assembly and the Senate who are committed to…

Ghana's Presidential Transition Bill: A Timely Opportunity for Institutional Reform

"The Presidential Transition Bill provides a framework for managing the political transfer of power from an out-going democratically elected President to an incoming President. This article evaluates key attributes of the proposed legislation. First…

Regulating Conflicts Of Interest: Could Do Better?

"Conflicts of interest in public office, and how to regulate them, are issues all countries face. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of Ghana's current system for managing conflicts of interest. First, the legal framework, together with the mand…

Effective Parliamentary Oversight: Mission Impossible?

"Ghana's recent discovery of oil and the anticipated petroleum revenue flows has raised expectations about the future economic development of the country. Yet Ghana's poor record in the area of public financial management, as demonstrated by many o…

To Cap or Not to Cap: The Supreme Court of Ghana

"There are fears that our present Constitutional provision leaves room for the eventuality that a determined President of the Republic may or can deliberately use his appointive power to increase, unduly, the number of Supreme Court Justices with t…

The Panel System at the Supreme Court: Merits and Demerits

"The panel system at the Supreme Court means that all the Justices of the Supreme Court do not sit on all cases argued before and decided by the Supreme Court. On each occasion the Chief Justice selects Justices of the Court who should decide the ca…

Rethinking Decentralization and Local Government in Ghana proposals for Amendment

"Kwamena Ahwoi’s paper, which is a distillation of two separate papers, identifies twelve areas of Ghana's local government and decentralization system for critical analysis. It ends with a recommendation that the majority of the identified areas be…

Chiefs And Traditional Authorities And Their Role In The Democratic Order And Governance

"The paper makes a strong defense for the relevance of the chieftaincy institution in modern democratic Ghana, and argues the need to integrate our cultural and traditional values into modern government and society. The forced acquisition of stool a…

Public Spending at the District Level in Ghana

"Public spending may influence poverty alleviation objectives at several levels including overall spending plans of government (aggregate fiscal policy), policy decisions funded in the budget and the flow of budgeted resources to Ministries, Depart…

Decentralization and Public Service Delivery in Nigeria

"Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. The 2006 provisional census counted over 140 million people, 64 percent of whom live in rural areas. These rural areas are undergoing radical, noticeable change, particularly in the agricultural secto…

Problem Territories of Southern Africa: Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate, Swaziland

The book gives a historical and political background of the three South African territories from the period before European settlement, during the settlement and the British intervention. It then describes the European, Coloured and African populati…

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 31

This issue is on the United States policy on trade with South Africa, a statement on the Reagan Administration’s Southern Africa Policy and an address entitled “Constructive Engagement at Mid-Term.” It includes three extracts and a speech by the Zim…

The Quality of Immigration and Citizenship Services in Namibia

"The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) in Namibia has sole responsibility for implementing and managing migration policy and legislation; the registration of births, deaths and marriages; and the issuing of identity documents, passpor…

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