Reducing Corruption in Local Revenue Collection through Transparency
and Participation in two Communities in Ghana
William Experton, Colby Pacheco, Alasidongor Baluri (PAWLA)
Internally Generated Funds (IGFs) refer to any resources mobilized locally to meet local development objectives and improve the quality of life for citizens in Ghana. The funds derive from different sources, among them, rates, lands, fees and licenses. The collection and management falls within the political responsibility of district assemblies (DA).
People’s Action to Win Life All-around (PAWLA), a local NGO, started an ambitious and smartly designed project, aiming to eliminate opportunities for corruption within the collection and management of the IGF. The project was successful; there is however the risk of a reversal of the initially generated positive changes due to a lack of follow-up funding.