A book entitled; ” I-Shame Corruption In Ghana: A Lessons Learned Report” containing the findings of a study conducted on interfaith shaping hearts, attitudes and mindset to end corruption in Ghana has been launched in Accra.
The fifty-two page book report is a collaborative research work by Interfaith Alliance Platform, the National Catholic Secretariat Department of Human Resources and Caritas Ghana with funding from STAR Ghana Foundation.
The report which is presented in six sections was designed to address Ghana’s poor run performance in the fight against corruption as manifested in the deteriorating year on year performance in the fight against in the Corruption Perception Index.
Chapter one of the report gives an insight on the 1-SHAME Corruption in Ghana Project framework, the
second chapter carries an extensive conceptual analysis on the project thematic area.
The third chapter of the report outlines the methodology deployed to execute the project
actions. This chapter also focuses on the terms of engagement for the FAITH in Ghana
The fourth chapter presents key lessons distilled from the 24 month of project
implementation which has become basis for the documentation of this report.
Chapter five centers on selected case studies that are interesting for discussion and chapter six focuses on conclusions and recommendations as way forward into the future.
The Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana and the Coordinator of FAITH in Ghana Alliance, Samuel Zan Akologo, presenting the report said the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice together with some citizens and groups has made clarion calls on religious leaders to do more to fight corruption in the country.
Hence, the project was designed to respond to the calls which identifies faith groups as key stakeholders in its implementation.
Mr. Akologo stated that the I-Shame corruption in Ghana project facilitated the formation of Intergrity clubs in 20 basic schools spread across ten old regions of Ghana adding that the clubs received morality lessons and Intergrity lessons from both religious leaders and Intergrity club coordinators.
He noted that the impact of the I-Shame corruption in Ghana project can be assessed over a long term and only pupils from Intergrity clubs have grown into adults and are engaged in gainful employment or in economic activities.
According to Mr. Akologo some of the key lessons that were captured after the 24 months of implementation includes, the potency of Intergrity clubs to the sustainable fight against evil of bribery and corruption in Ghana.
He added that strategic partnership with state institutions for impact maximization and managing coalition and alliance for social change.
Mr. Akologo pointed out that the I-Shame corruption project has made a significant contribution towards the elimination of the fundamental causes of corruption in Ghana by investing structures and systems that put Intergrity building and morality at the heart of the upbringing of basic school children in Ghana.
The report therefore makes major recommendations that policy makers, Ghana Education Service, Development Partners as well as Civil Society integrate activities of the Intergrity clubs into curriculum of basic schools.
It also recommends that an explore core funding opportunities for the consolidation of gains and project expansion beyond the 20 basic schools.
By: Paul Mamattah