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UNICEF TO LAUNCH 2017 GHANA DISTRICT LEAGUE TABLE

Government will soon be fully able to track districts’ performances to know districts that need urgent support from government and how well they can be supported using the District League Table.

 

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, who gave the assurance at the 2017 Ghana District League Table regional pre-launch meeting in Accra, yesterday, noted that using the District League Table, improvement in service delivery across the country could be tracked, thus enabling citizens and policy makers know where improvements were made and where targeted support was needed.

 

The District League Table is a social accountability tool that acts as a driving force to enable government know which constituencies are doing well in development and those that need more resources.

 

It aims to improve transparency and accountability in national development by making the district wellbeing public.

 

The League Table used six key sector indicators― Health, Education, Security, Governance, Water and Sanitation― to assess every district.

 

The pre-launch meeting was, therefore,  to share the outcomes and lessons learnt after three years of its implementation to allow stakeholders familiarise themselves with the Objectives, processes and outcomes of the initiative.

 

In an address, the Head of the Local Government Service, Nana Ato Arthur, said the Local Government Service recognized the District League Table as an objective assessment that had the potential to engender competition among Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), stimulate district level performance and further deepen efforts at decentralisation.

 

Mr Arthur indicated that since the inception and declaration of the rankings in 2014, the District League Table had become a significant national tool for raising awareness on district development and the promotion accountability at the local level.

 

He called on MMDAs to support government to find out where development was lacking in order to provide the resources to cushion them.

 

A social policy specialist at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Mr Charles Dzradosi, in    a presentation on the District League Table, explained that  using the indicators, assessment was done based on a methodology which sought to consider water coverage, skills delivery and neonatal survival and police coverage, among others.

 

Mr Dzradosi said the League Table could be used by government in budgeting and planning for the MMDAs as well as inform government on how to mobilize resources for the development of the districts that were not performing well.

 

He, therefore, appealed to government to ensure that it made the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) available on time to help the assemblies in their planning.

 

Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo)