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 close to a decade of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. 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 is the Ghana Hub Lead of Sustainable Ocean Alliance. He is a 2020/21 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence, Italy and 2020/21 Open Internet For Democracy Leader. Gideon is also currently a Visiting Scholar/Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK.

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