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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority cracks down on corruption

In 2015, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) Consortium conducted a survey on the knowledge, perceptions and experiences of corruption in 50 Accountable Democratic Institutions and Systems Strengthening (ADISS) project districts across the 10 regions of Ghana.

Titled “Corruption is Eating Us Up: A Call to Action,” the research survey focused on the actual experiences citizens had with corruption at the district level, rather than citizen perception of corruption at the national level.

Many surveys on citizen perception of corruption cite the police service as being corrupt, but the GII Consortium survey found that in citizens’ experience, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) is one of the most corrupt institutions.

After the report launch and dialogue, the DVLA, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Agency, Passport Office and others made commitments to improve transparency and accountability.

The DVLA had a meeting with GII Consortium members and has since implemented a number of actions, such as posting bold notices at its entrance and doors, and even advertising the fees and processes for acquiring a driver’s licence without going through middlemen popularly known as “goro boys.”

The consortium will continue to follow up to ensure that recommendations and commitments made are adhered to.

The GII Consortium implements the ADISS project jointly with the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition and SEND GHANA.

This story was originally published as part of the July 2018 edition of Citizen's Watch, SEND GHANA's quarterly newsletter.

 

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