The Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr. Kodjo Esseim Mensah -Abrampa, has called on government to examine how resources are allocated to the districts in order to create an equitable framework for development.
He pointed out that there were wide disparities in development across the country and without a deliberate effort at reducing inequality, accomplished by equitable resource allocation, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDSs) are unlikely to be achieved by the 2030 target year.
Mr. Mensah-Abrampa who said this at the launch of the 2021 District League Table (DLT) on Wednesday, indicated that the DLT was to recognize and motivate districts doing well in their services and also help support those that are not meeting the standard of needs.
The Chairman of NDPC, Professor George Gyan Baffour, asserted that decades of implementation of the decentralization system have targeted improved resource allocation and provision of quality of service to bridge the wide disparities in well-being among district assemblies.
He went on to say that the system has been plagued by challenges impeding development, resulting in a significant segment of the population being left behind with regard to service delivery and quality of life.
“The basis for the DLT is to help government better understand the underlying factors of levels of performance across the various districts. It also encourages best performing MMDAs to sustain their efforts while worst performing district assemblies are identified and provided the requisite support to address their challenges,” he added.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour called on all stakeholders to sustain their commitments towards this tool, conduct further studies on some of the findings and ensure recommendations of this year’s DLT are followed to ensure better results for Ghanaians at the local level.
On his part, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative, Mr. Mrunal Shetye, explained that the DLT initiative was aimed at generating evidence around key social indicators to demonstrate the levels of disparities among the populations, especially children, across the country.
He urged the NDPC, MDAs, Parliament and the Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund to find new ways and plans for resource allocation, incorporating the analysis from the District League Table.
The 2021 DLT was launched by the NDPC in collaboration with UNICEF, with the objective to draw national-level actors’ attention to disparities and inequalities, particularly the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and use this to review current frameworks for policy dialogue and generate concrete programmatic suggestions.
Patience Anaadem, ISD