The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has signed onto an electronic platform to give its citizenry an alternative and simple means to channel their concerns for redress while using same to check use of public funds and resources. This was unveiled at a forum to commence the second phase of the Social Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (SPEFA) at Haatso.
Social Accountability (SA) is an approach towards building accountability that relies on civic engagement, in which ordinary citizens participate directly or indirectly in exacting accountability. Thus the extent and capacity of citizens to hold the state and service providers accountable is a useful parameter in the practice of SA.
It is in this vein that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has collaborated with the African Development Programme (ADP) and the Netherlands Development Agency (SNV) to
GEMA signed onto the programme in late 2014 and subsequently organized four other SPEFA meetings.
The recent meeting which marked the start of the second phase of the programme and brought together the various stakeholders in the municipality including, Assembly Members, traditional and religious leaders, market women, business operators, transport unions, farmers, persons with disability, women and youth groups, officials of the programme secretariat, representatives of the funding organizations as well as Assembly staff among others.
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