The European Union has donated digital tools worth €38,364 in support of the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Programme’s (ARAP) fight against Covid-19.

The institutions that stand to benefit from this donation are the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Ghana Police Service (GPS).

The rest are the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary and Judicial Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, Legal Aid Commission and the Economic and Organised Crime Organisation.

A statement issued in Accra on Saturday said the deployment of these digital tools within the public sector is a core mandate of the ARAP programme.

“In this regard the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been a key area of work across all stakeholders, strengthening internal capacities and establishing online platforms such as the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) Online Reporting Dashboard or the Public Relations and Complaints Unit web application,” it said.

EU supports ARAP institutions with over €38,364 to improve digital work

This is very much in line with the government’s strategic outlook on digitisation to boost connectivity of the programme’s stakeholders, the statement said.

“Supporting the digitisation entails boosting data connectivity of all ARAP stakeholders through the provision of Wi-Fi routers and data.”

The ARAP will, therefore, provide its stakeholders with a range of modems and routers, coupled with data subscriptions until the end of the year.

In addition to this, licenses to online conference tools such as Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams had been procured for all stakeholders in accordance with their specific needs and requirements.

The statement said this intervention was in response to a critical situation heightened by the global pandemic. It also seeks to equip the programme to conduct all its final activities such as trainings, workshops, and validations through online meetings.

The intervention also “enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of stakeholders to ensure that both central and regional offices were fully connected and could continue providing essential services to citizens”.