The Economic Governance Platform, (previously the Civil Society Platform on the IMF Programme) seeks to consolidate efforts and broaden its mandate of protecting the interest of citizens and holding government accountable beyond the IMF programme in 2019. The newly structured Platform will provide CSOs, NGOs and Think-Tanks in the country with a common voice and position on broader finance and economic management issues to ensure an effective and efficient public financial management system in Ghana. By objectively looking at the trade-offs, the ups and downs of government policies and provide useful feedback in promoting the national good.
The Economic Governance Platform is fully committed to promoting and ensuring access to information on fiscal, monetary and social development policies in the country. This is key and essential to the Platform’s overall focus of ensuring good governance, fiscal transparency, sound public financial management, and citizen engagement in the development process. These are important contributors to achieving the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, which are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Platform members believe in the need to promote good economic governance in the country and are concerned that the country’s resources are not satisfactorily mobilized and utilized for the general good of the citizenry. This is the motivation of these organizations to be part of the Platform, as they already work in various areas which seek to make civil society contributions to improve economic governance in the country.
The Vision of the Platform
The foremost coalition of CSOs focused on ensuring the efficient and effective use of public resources to grow Ghana’s economy.
The Mission of the Platform
The Platform exists to ensure that civil society organizations and the media working on transparency and accountability issues in Ghana always come out with common stands on economic governance issues, through policy analysis, constructive engagement with government, its agencies and development partners to achieve maximum advocacy results.
The Structure of the Economic Governance Platform
The Economic Governance Platform is made up of CSOs working on fiscal transparency, accountability, anticorruption and social development. The membership is represented by the heads of the participating organizations or their deputies and is the highest policy making body of the Platform and will meet at least once a year.
Members of the Platform will elect seven of its membership to constitute a Project Steering Committee to oversee a Secretariat which will be responsible for the day to day running of the Platform. The Secretariat will be made up of an Executive Secretary, a Resident Economist, a Senior Finance Officer, a Citizens’ Engagement and Advocacy Officer and a Special/Administrative Assistant.
The Platform’s current membership include: Financial Accountability & Transparency-Africa, IMANI Center for Policy & Education, Africa Centre for Energy Policy, Penplusbytes, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, Ghana Center for Democratic Development, SEND Ghana, Integrated Social Development Centre, Occupy Ghana, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, Centre for Policy Analysis, and Institute for Fiscal Studies.