Do you have an unfinished government project in your vicinity? It could be a road, school building, bore hole or even a public toilet.
Even though transparency and accountability are very critical in governance, not much has been done on the side of successive governments in this regard. This has made it difficult for us to track developmental projects in our localities, leading to a lack of accountability, especially at the Local Government level.
Last year, a group of young Ghanaians, in order to help solve this problem by creating an online platform, Transgov.
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TransGov is an innovation that seeks to promote social accountability through fostering citizens’ participation in local governance.
One of the biggest challenges with Ghana’s decentralisation process is low levels of participation and involvement of citizens in policies and programmes that directly affect their well-being. TransGov is bridging this gap by enabling citizen participation through the use of various technologies aimed to cater to different socio-economic backgrounds.
When you visit the website, you will be able to browse a host of government’s developmental projects, such as schools, hospitals and roads, their dates of commencement, the budget allocated, geo-location and other relevant information.
The platform is also another avenue for government to communicate with the people about the work it is doing.
So if you want to know why the progress of work on the road in front of your house or the school in the community has stalled, just visit the Transgov website and get up to date information.
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