Media Brief

INTRODUCTION
Africa Development and Resources Research Institute (ADRRI) is a Research
Education Policy Think Tank as well as a Non-governmental Organisation which strives
to contribute to Ghana and Africa’s development through a bottom-up approach to
developmental issues, policy planning and implementation.
Development is a process that goes beyond an improvement in the wellbeing of the
people. It encompasses the capacity of a system to provide the environment for
continuous and consistent wellbeing of the people. It requires a conscious and regular
incremental approach to ensure that as lives are being made better, any change will be
an improvement and not retrogression.
Local participation in community affairs is a necessary prerequisite for community
development. Studies reveal that the major agent of change in the local communities
were the indigenous people since they may have the necessary knowledge, skills and
willingness to drive any development projects in their community.
In Ghana and many African countries, community development initiatives of the various
governments failed to achieve set goals because they lacked community participation.
This is because most of these initiatives were designed from outside the communities
without their participation. Thus, such initiatives are either abandoned half way or never
executed at all. It is, therefore, important that governments should initiate rural
development projects based on community needs assessment which is rooted or
backed by empirical research to enhance their participation, from planning to
implementation.

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Despite efforts made by successive Governments in Ghana as regards the
decentralisation policy to provide avenues, through which agencies engaged in
development could make planning and implementation more meaningful by involving
the people, there still remains a huge variance between community preferred projects
and government implemented projects.
Community priorities in terms of developmental projects needed deviates from
government priorities. This situation mostly leads to abandoning of projects completed
by governments and other donor agencies or the projects never get completed because
of lack of community participation. The gap, therefore, is that governments do not
involve community members and leaders in the initial stages of projects planning.
Members of communities do not derive satisfaction from the joy that comes from
community involvement because the very people for whom development programmes
are designed are neither involved in the planning or implementation stage(s). There is
also no proper platform, to the best of our knowledge, which reports development needs
of citizens in the country.
That said however, a communal approach to development is what can guarantee a
country’s actual development. Various institutions have different roles to play all to
ensure that the country develops one way or the other.
ACTIVITIES
 ADRRI provides reporting on: Government to Citizens; Government to
Employees; Government to Governments; Government to Businesses; Citizens
to Governance; and also on Corruption.
 Assessments of the above activities are through the Development Transparency
Barometer Index.
DEVELOPMENT TRANSPARENCY BAROMETER INDEX
This is a development transparency index which measures development performance
through individual, community, citizen reporting, civil society activeness and monitoring
and evaluation. The barometer provides ratings for Government in general, Ministries,
Departments, Agencies, MMDAs, Academia, civil society activeness for development
and also corruption reported cases.
The ratings are:
General government performance towards development: GA, GB, GC, GD, GE, GF, NR
Ministries performance towards development: MiA, MiB, MiC, MiD, MiE, MiF, NR
Departments’ performance towards development: DeA, DeB, DeC, DeD, DeE, DeF, NR
Agencies performance towards development: AgA, AgB, AgC, AgD, AgE, AgF, NR

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Metropolitan assemblies’ performance towards development: MeA, MeB, MeC, MeD,
MeE, MeF, NR
Municipal assemblies’ performance towards development: MuA, MuB, MuC, MuD, MuE,
MuF, NR
District assemblies’ performance towards development: DiA, DiB, DiC, DiD, DiE, DiF,
NR
Academia participation performance towards development: AcA, AcB, AcC, AcD, AcE,
AcF, NR
Civil society activeness and performance towards development: CiA, CiB, CiC, CiD,
CiE, CiF, NR
Corruption frequency reporting in development issues: CoA, CoB, CoC, CoD, CoE,
CoF, NR
KEY
A- Excellent and resilient without reversal of developmental gains and strong
institutions.
B- Very good and resilient without structural deterioration with institutional building.
C- Good and resilient with new reforms policy and structural building.
D- Fair with policy formulation, institutional capacity strengthening and infrastructural
building.
E- Average with stagnant policies, institutional growth misdirection and poor
governance
F- Fail and below average with no institutional building, dictatorship and high human
rights abuses.
NR- Not Rated
VARIABLES
G-Government
Mi- Ministries
De-Departments’
Ag- Agencies
Me- Metropolitan assemblies’
Mu- Municipal assemblies’
Di- District assemblies’

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Ac- Academia participation
Ci- Civil society activeness
Co- Corruption frequency reporting
You are humbly welcome to report your developmental challenges for policy advocacy
by ADRRI.
 Be a citizen
 Report your community development challenges
 Be part of the development process
ADRRI Reporting System
ADRRI reporting system is a simple one hinged on the several categories of reporting
such as government to citizen, government to employee, government to business,
citizens to governance and corruption. Users of the system will have the opportunity to
report and direct their developmental challenges to a supposed developmental agency.
A Development Transparency Barometer Index will then be generated by ADRRI based
on the performance of the indicators gathered through community reporting.
How to Report your Community Development Challenges
The process of reporting is as follows:
1. Visit our website: https://dtbi.adrri.org/ to access the ADRRI report form.
2. The ADRRI reporting system has two main steps:
Step 1: Requires you to state your development challenge location

Step 2: Requires you to report the details of your development challenges under the
following sub-heading: Title, Description, Date and Time, Category and Supposed
Development Agency.

3. Submission of ADRRI report form: Click on the ‘submit’ button to submit your
completed ADRRI report form.

Regards,

DR. JAMAL MOHAMMED
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AFRICA DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES RESEARCH
INSTITUTE (ADRRI)
Email: jamal@adrri.org Tel:+233243888745