Managing COVID Funds in Ghana Communications toolkit

The COVID crisis has resulted in governments committing more than $14 trillion in emergency spending. IBP conducted a rapid assessment of 120 countries' performance on transparency, oversight and public participation in COVID relief packages. On May 24, we published our findings and recommendations for how governments can advance open budget reforms that ensure assistance reaches those who need it most and helps build back better.

Accountability of COVID spending in Ghana

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Join people around the world in discussing this latest assessment, national results, and examples of good practices on social media. We have provided below some suggested social media posts, but please feel free to adapt them to your own context.

HASHTAGS: #OpenBudgets, #Account4COVID

WEBSITE: http://www.internationalbudget.org/covid

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Sample posts on Ghana


#Ghana provided limited transparency, minimal participation, and limited oversight in its COVID relief spending: https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID


#Ghana faced implementation challenges in its COVID relief budget, e.g. it’s unclear who qualified for the GHS 2 billion Guarantee Facility to support job retention and businesses or how they could apply for the much-needed funding. https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID


There were critical gaps in what #Ghana budgeted for its COVID relief and what was implemented. For example, the Unemployment Insurance Scheme scheduled for January 2021 was not launched and a GHS100mn Fund for Labour and Faith-based organizations was implemented six months late. https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID


#Ghana’s government only reported on actual expenditures in the first two quarters of 2020 and not since then. Such a long lag in reporting makes it hard for the public to scrutinize how budgets are implemented. https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID


#Ghana’s Ministry of Finance should publish regular budget performance reports and provide quarterly briefs on COVID-19 spending to increase transparency and accountability. https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID


Gender disaggregated information about the government’s COVID spending is crucial to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and girls. https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

Other content and suggested posts

IBP's research in 120 countries shows govt fiscal policy responses to the COVID crisis are undermining #accountability—by bypassing legislatures, relaxing procurement procedures & not seeking public input. View your country's scorecard at www.internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets

New @OpenBudgets research finds that only 4 countries out of 120—Australia, Norway, Peru & Philippines—allowed for adequate levels of accountability in COVID fiscal policies. How open & accountable has your govt been in their COVID response? www.internationalbudget.org/covid #Account4COVID

IBP's research in 120 countries found that more than 2/3 of govts failed to provide enough info in COVID relief packages, and almost half bypassed legislatures to introduce them. How open & accountable has your govt been? https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

The COVID crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls, but only 22 countries published info on COVID relief policies targeted towards women. www.internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

If we are serious about equity and justice, we must get serious about #accountability. How open & accountable has your govt been in their COVID response? https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

When govts introduce COVID fiscal policy responses through executive actions, they sidestep the normal process and prevent public debate. Urgency is no excuse for a lack of transparency & accountability. www.internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

In only about 25% of countries were govt auditors able to publish audit reports before the end of 2020. Check your country’s COVID #accountability scorecard at https://internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

Even during terrible crises, #accountability can work if everyone does their part in an open & collaborative way. @OpenBudgets documented numerous good practices among govt & accountability institutions in their COVID responses: www.internationalbudget.org/covid #OpenBudgets #Account4COVID

Key Messages

To build back better, governments should facilitate public debate and oversight. When officials are transparent and inclusive—and make space for historically marginalized voices to be heard—they ensure scarce resources are used wisely. When speed and accountability are pursued together, the public gets better services, which builds confidence that government can deliver. Public trust is critical to recover and renew our societies after COVID.

The international community must also make clear that governments should not just “keep the receipts,” as the IMF urged at the start of the crisis, but publish openly what they spend and what impact it is having. Donors should urge and support country-led efforts to publish more information about what they are spending and its impacts, and to facilitate oversight by legislatures, auditors and citizens.

COVID was an unprecedented shock. This was an undoubtedly difficult emergency for governments to manage. It required swift action, but too many are using the excuse of urgency to not be as transparent, accountable, or inclusive as they could be.

The volume of funds channeled for COVID-19 relief laid bare weaknesses in accountability we have seen consistently in the Open Budget Survey.

When a crisis hits, no one has all the answers. It takes all hands-on-deck to have an effective response and a resilient recovery. When citizens have a say, governments can fill informational gaps and make better decisions to ensure relief reaches those who need it most. When auditors and legislators have the independence and mandate to monitor implementation, governments can course-correct if assistance is not meeting its targets.

Make no mistake, this crisis is not over, and we must keep mobilizing resources for the global COVID response, including filling the funding gap for COVAX to ensure everyone has equitable access to vaccines. But if we are serious about equity and justice, we must simultaneously get serious about accountability. This is about ensuring assistance reaches those who need it most. When governments do not deliver as promised, underserved communities bear the brunt.