How Assemblies in Ghana mismanaged their Common Fund [Infographic]

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The 2016 Management and Utilisation of District Assemblies’ Common Fund and other Statutory Funds report released by the Auditor General has revealed that among the 216 Assemblies across the ten regions of Ghana, Assemblies in the Greater Region mismanaged the least of funds that were allotted them. Out of a total of GH¢ 33,392,496.94 released to the assemblies in Greater Accra Region in 2016, GH¢ 1,589,612.14, representing 4.76% was not properly accounted for according to the report.

iWatch Africa assessment of the Auditor General’s report also revealed that out of a total GH¢ 352,286,432.22 allotted to all 216 Assemblies, GH¢ 70,173,645.97, representing 19.92% was not properly accounted for.

Assemblies in the Volta Region mismanaged most of the funds that were allotted them. Out of a total of GH¢ 39,846,537.39 released to the twelve Assemblies in the Volta Region in 2016, GH¢ 13,428,234.45, representing 33% was not properly accounted for.

This finding is alarming especially as the current administration expects 85% of local government budget for 2017 to be funded by donors.

Below is an infographic report:

The 2016 Management and Utilisation of District Assemblies’ Common Fund and other Statutory Funds report released by the Auditor General has revealed that among the 216 Assemblies across the ten regions of Ghana, Assemblies in the Greater Region mismanaged the least of funds that were allotted them. Out of a total of GH¢ 33,392,496.94 released to the assemblies in Greater Region in 2016, GH¢ 1,589,612.14, representing 33% was not properly accounted for according to the report.

Credit: Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa

 

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a policy analyst and media practitioner with over eight years of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing strategic project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast, a PgD in Fiscal Policy for financing sustainable development from the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, in South Africa and a PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is the founder and country president of SOA Ghana Hub. Gideon is a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence.

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