Wednesday, July 18, 2018

17 years of deploying tech for effective governance in Africa – A statement by the Executive Director



17 years of deploying tech for effective governance in Africa – A statement by the Executive Director 

On 18th July 2001, the founding members of Penplusbytes birthed their dream into reality. It started off as a media training institute mandated to raise a new crop of journalists well versed in the use of ICTs to enhance their work. Indeed, this initiative was a success and an evolving one for that matter. 

Several years on, the reality of PENPLUSBYTES (www.penplusbytes.org ) has been to deliver innovative and user friendly tech solutions to pertinent issues in the governance, extractives and new media space. The organisation has made in-roads into empowering citizens to demand better health delivery and has become a force to reckon with in using technology to enhance the work of citizens and civil society in the fight against corruption. 

17 years of continuous use of tech and innovations is indeed no mean feat and worthy of celebrating. We couldn’t have made this milestone without the efforts of our board, management and staff whose contributions have surged the organisation forward in its strategic direction.

This New Year marks a moment for positive reflection and we are indeed grateful for an opportunity to continually impact our society and country at large.

From our humble beginnings of solely training media persons in the use of ICT tools, we have evolved to deliver projects and consultancy in diverse areas which has challenged our standards and introduced us to a whole new world worthy of exploration. We are going deeper and better in this New Year and we do not intend to leave any one associated with our brand behind in the new drive towards excellence.

To our clients and stakeholders, we are poised to deliver more than before and would continue to prove ourselves worthy of our vision to be a leader in deploying technology for effective governance in Africa and beyond.

To our board, we are thankful for your continual support and insight, which has kept the organisation up and going till date. 

To Team Penplusbytes, Ayekoo!!! Your sense of duty has made us who we are now. Let us continually strive on in one accord to make the Penplusbytes vision a reality.

Happy 17th Anniversary to us all!!!

Kwami Ahiabenu II, Executive Director, Penplusbytes

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

“The NPP can only be seen to be serious about fighting corruption if it passes the RTI Bill” – Western Regional Penplusbytes Metogu Report Findings

Takoradi – Thursday 4th July 2018

Penplusbytes anti-corruption train will make a stop in the Western Regional Capital of Takoradi on Thursday 4 July 2018 where the project team will provide citizens of the region an opportunity to discuss key findings from the Penplusbytes’ (www.penplusbytes.org) METOGU! Anti-corruption research.

The Takoradi engagement follows in the trail of a successful launch of the Metogu anti-corruption report in Accra and regional engagement in Kumasi and it forms part of scheduled activities earmarked by Penplusbytes to engage citizens, the media and other stakeholders in the selected project regions to share the final findings of the Metogu (Keep the pressure on) anti-corruption research.

The Western Region served as one of the Metogu research locations and was chosen as a project region based on previous elections results. This is due to the fact that the region tends to be a “swing” region in terms of not strictly aligned to any of the leading political parties. Hence their contributions were varied and divergent.

From the research findings, a majority of the respondents (97.5%) in the Western Region were of the view that corruption is very high in Ghana, which corresponds to the national average of 96% of all citizens who think corruption is high in Ghana.

According to Kwami Ahiabenu II, Executive Director, Penplusbytes, citizens perception of corruption is progressively increasing and becoming rampant in the daily lives of Ghanaians even though various attempts are being made to tackle the problem. This research brings to the fore some of the root causes of corruption and provides solutions on how to fight corruption from a citizens’ perspective.

“The Western Regional engagement on the research findings will seek to create an avenue for citizens to interrogate the findings of the research and further proffer recommendations on the best approach to adopt by government, civil society and citizens dialogue on regional basis the findings of the Metogu (Keep the pressure on) anti-corruption research.” Mr. Ahiabenu added.

The Metogu (Keep the pressure on) is a 2-year Penplusbytes’ Project with support from the UK-AID funded “Strengthening Action against Corruption” (STAAC) programme. The project aims at creating awareness among citizens on government interventions to fight corruption and create pathways for citizens to hold government to account to deliver on their promises.

In the Western Region, the anti-corruption research was carried out in the following selected districts: the Mpohor Wassa East District Assembly (MWEDA), Shama District Assembly (SADA) and Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA)

The METOGU Project report is downloadable via www.penplusbytes.org/metogu



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