Partnership to enhance Ghana oil, gas transparency
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – PENPLUSBYTES, a leading civil society organization, is partnering the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) to develop a digital platform that would ensure transparency oil and gas sector.
The partnership has received support from the UKaid, formerly Department for International Development (DFID).
The project aims to improve transparency in the management of Ghana’s oil and gas resources through active participation of citizens and relevant stakeholders.
It also seeks to reduce the risk of mismanagement through fiscal accountability, contract transparency other regulatory frameworks.
Kwami Ahiabenu II, President of Penplusbytes, said, “Penplusbytes’ rich experience in applying technology to enable citizens participate in decision making process backed by in-country experiences from Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, Tanzania, would ensure the development an online platform that will take into consideration the needs citizens and the development
of a user-friendly application that will project the concerns of citizens whiles at the same time solicit feedback from duty bearers for greater advocacy.”
Mohammed Amin, Executive Director of ACEP, said, “We are excited to work with Penplusbytes on this project, since they are a lead organization in developing tools and applications that promote citizen participation in governance and we believe their vast experience in deploying new digital
technologies for citizen engagement combined with ACEP’s research and advocacy capabilities will help the project in achieving it ultimate objective of citizens’ participation.
“Penplusbytes is one key organization which understands technology and governance to help us achieve project goals.”
The online platform would enable citizens follow events on the happenings in the governance of the oil sector.
The project is expected to facilitate citizen’s participation in spending decision through; two-way interactive SMS messages, mailing list, mobile app, interactive voice response systems (IVR), mobile apps and integrated with social media all geared toward meeting the citizens where they are
and which platform they comfortable to use to ensure greater participation.
– CAJ News
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