The Ghana Tax Revenue for Economic Enhancement (TREE) project focuses on local revenue collection in 33 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in de Ashanti Region, Central Region and Western Region. Ghanaian legislation empowers MMDAs to collect revenues from a range of sources to complement central government transfers.<br />
Despite global progress in fighting poverty there are problems of inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, conflict, migration and refugee flows. The need has never been greater to develop to balance prosperity with social well-being and environmental protection. Several international conferences in 2015 set out new global agendas to deal with these challenges. There is global recognition that local governments have a significant role in implementing the agreed agendas with other state and non-state organisations.<br />
The Republic of Ghana currently counts 216 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). These MMDAs are responsible for the development of their designated areas. However, this responsibility is not matched with sufficient funding. Currently, internally generated revenues make up approximately 15% of local government revenues. The overall objective of the project is therefore to contribute to an improved tax situation and revenue base at local level in order to enhance locally generated revenues necessary to finance public service delivery.
Objective: Better sanitation facilities for the population<br />
Target group: 5 local governments and the national association of local government NALAG<br />
Intended result: Local governments can develop and implement sanitation programmes<br />
Activities: On-the-job coaching, training, benchmarking, platform meetings with the target group<br />
Local governments in developing countries play an increasing role in stimulating and facilitating economic and social development. Not only are citizens demanding better government services; central governments are delegating ever more tasks to local governments' duties. One can think of clean streets, clean drinking water, working sewers, a valid title deed registration system, support in setting up businesses. Local administrators are not always well equipped to properly fulfil this role. <br />