Empowering Ghana's Anti-Corruption Institutions In The Fight Against Corruption

One of the most herculean developmental challenges confronting Ghanaian society is purging it of the canker of corruption. Since the attainment of political independence in 1957, several anti-corruption policies and measures have been instituted to grapple with the problem. Among the measures is the creation of constitutional and statutory bodies with specific mandate of combating corruption. Contending that the performance of anti-corruption institutions must be critically assessed against the key governance principles of probity and accountability, this paper offers an incisive and scholarly critique of the mandate, functions, powers and performance of three anti-corruption institutions in contemporary Ghana. The paper concludes with a number of recommendations for strengthening the anti-corruption effort in Ghana and enhancing the effectiveness of the key constitutional bodies at the helm of that drive.