Nana Teiba Chinbuah, Head of Governance at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has said, since the impact of corruption negatively affects the development of the country, anti-corruption has become a priority on the good governance agenda.

Corruption, she said, undermines good governance and the rule of law, erodes confidence and trust in the public sector, threatening economies by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade.

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Adding that, “It prevents social inclusion, promotes inequality, inhibits prosperity, reduce resources for poverty reduction (as resources for development are diverted) and deprives the poor and vulnerable of advancement opportunities”.

Nana Teiba Chinbuah, was speaking at the Women In Anti-corruption forum held on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, which was facilitated by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), dubbed, “The Role Of Women In The Fight Against Corruption In Ghana.”

According to Nana Chinbuah, as women constitute the vast majority of people living in poverty, thus they are more affected by the vicious cycle that corruption creates for disadvantaged people.

She said, “Poor women as primary caretakers of their families are more dependent on public service provision. However, the critical impact of corruption affects the quality and access to public services because funds are diverted from intended essential services such as health care, education, clean water, sanitation and housing. Poor women also lack the resources to seek private alternatives making them more vulnerable to extortion at the point of service delivery.”

She intimated that, women constitute half of the world’s population, yet they are mostly not engaged in discussions around one of the most pressing issues to development and social justice; corruption. Adding that, “Yes some women are part of the problem but more women are hardest hit by corruption, as such, women must also be a part of the solution. Women are the custodians of building the value systems of the next generation as they mostly take care of children, with the needed capacity and information, women can contribute to advocacy against corruption in their local communities and demand accountability from public officials.”

Nana Chinbuah, further emphasized that, progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals would be undermined if corruption is not addressed. Saying, “Therefore, as stakeholders, we are here to devise strategies that will empower women to contribute towards the fight against corruption. It is my belief that this dialogue will be fruitful in charting the path to untap the potential meaningfully including women in Anti-Corruption efforts.”

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