MIHOSO International Organizes Public Expenditure Tracking Survey Training in Sunyani and Berekum

MIHOSO International a reputable organization committed to providing Public Health, Social Advocacy, Capacity buiding Training, Sharing of Resources, and Provision of Livelihood Empowerment programmes to target women, Youth and Children in Ghana have organized a Public Expenditure Tracking Survey in Sunyani and Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The program which targets all artisans and associations within the municipality is funded by World Bank and The Government of Ghana with partnership MIHOSO International and SNV Ghana under 3years duration.

Program Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Benarkuu said it’s organized once a quarter to train SPEFIA Members on developmental issues and how citizens can contribute as well as engage the assembly in developmental issues.

According to him, the Pubic Tracking Survey (PETS) is a quantitative survey of the supply side of public services. “The unit of observation is typically a service facility and/or local government i.e. frontline providers like schools and clinics. The survey collects information on facility characteristics, financial flows, outputs (services delivered), accountability arrangements, etc.”

He added that, Budget allocation alone can be a poor indicator of the quality and quantity of public service delivered in countries with weak institutions.

“While shifting of budgetary resources to priority sectors like education and health is a good first step, it is crucial to ascertain where and how the allocated sum gets spent. They highlight not only the use and abuse of public money, but also give insights into the concepts of capture, cost efficiency, decentralization, and accountability.”

In a related development: The Sunyani Municipal Assembly has built 24 administration projects, 53 education projects, 77 bole-holes, 15 KVP’s, 8 water closet, Provision of 18 waste containers, 11 Health projects, 2 Security projects, 18 dump sites cleared, 16 electricity projects and 226 road projects under the development of Urban Projects.

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