CITIZEN ACTION AGAINST POVERTY AND INEQUALITY (CAAPI)
As part of our activities in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal 1 – Eradicating Poverty (SDG 1) FOSDA with the support of Oxfam in Ghana has initiated a project to enhance Domestic Revenue Mobilization in the Shai Osudoku District and Jirapa Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra and Upper West Regions respectively. The Project dubbed ‘Domestic Revenue Mobilization Enhancement through Citizen Engagement Project’ is a pilot project. It is aimed specifically at improving the Internally Generated Funds (IGF) mobilized by the target assemblies by improving citizen’s engagement in the process of mobilization. Ultimately it is expected that with an improved IGF target assemblies will be able to adequately provide pro-poor services and infrastructure to reduce to the incidence of poverty and inequality as per Goal 1 of the SDGs. So far FOSDA has organised various activities to sensitize citizens and the target assemblies on DRM and citizens engagement.
This phase of the project targets the revenue mobilisation machinery of Shai Osudoku District Assembly and the Jirapa District Assembly, especially the capacity of their current revenue collectors inconsistently changing societies. The challenge of citizens’ unwillingness to pay their tolls and taxes is shared by the target assemblies as with many others. Other challenges include high rate of collector attrition due to lack of motivation and protection among other complaints. Collectors also report of encountering some conflicts which make it difficult for them to do their work. More importantly both assemblies and collectors state lack of training as a key challenge to their revenue efforts
TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR REVENUE COLLECTORS
This activity forms part of the second phase of the ‘Citizen Action Against Poverty and Inequality Project (CAAPI) being implemented by FOSDA with support from OXFAM in Ghana. This phase will seek to strengthen the relationship between the assembly and citizens for the common purpose of improving Domestic Revenue Mobilization for pro-poor development services.
Group Photo of participants in a group discussion
PUBLIC FORUM ON REVENUE MOBILIZATION
District Finance Officer For Shai Osudoku Assembly Giving A Speech