Section 7.4 of the Ghana's Initial data collection and stakeholder consultation (see Validation documentation)
The Annual Progress Report 2015 was submitted to the International Secretariat on 30 June 2016 and published on the GHEITI website early July 2016. The report is a condensed summary of GHEITI NSC and national secretariat activities during 2015. The 2015 Annual Progress Report centres on the dissemination of the 2012/13 EITI Reports and the production of the 2014 Reports, but also highlights progress made with regards to subject such as illicit financial flows, beneficial ownership, and other efforts related to outreach and capacity building. The report is comprehensive with regards to describing the activities of GHEITI and highlights key achievements, although it offers limited insight into the dynamics of EITI implementation and the flavor of discussions within the GHEITI community or beyond.
The report includes an assessment of progress with meeting each of the overarching requirements from the 2013 EITI Standard (p. 14-16). The table does not mention encouraged aspects of the EITI Standard, although the report refers to efforts related to artisanal and small-scale mining and beneficial ownership.
An overview of the NSC’s response and progress made in addressing the recommendations from the 2010-2013 EITI Reports is included in Appendix 1a for mining (p. 20) and Appendix 1b for oil and gas (p. 21). Under the title “Update on Recommendations Made in 2010-13”, the recommendations are listed in the matrix showing the status of a selection of recommendations contained in the mining and oil/gas reports of 2012-2013. There is no specific reference to the recommendations of the 2014 reports published in December 2015. The majority of recommendations addressed in the Annual Activity Report show as status either “ongoing” or “outstanding”, with a few of them marked as “complied” or “completed”. The report does not describe activities related to implementing the recommendations during the year.
With regards to assessing progress against work plan objectives, the Annual Activity Report contains a matrix with most line items of the 2015 work plan (p. 11-14), although a complete match of line items and associated dimensions of costs (estimate of work plan, budget, and actual expenditure) could not be established. From this matrix (columns “implementation status” and “outcome”) and from the narrative in the text of the Annual Progress Report, one can gain a reasonable understanding of GHEITI’s activities during 2015.
The Annual Progress Report (and past Annual Activity Reports) generally contain descriptions of several outreach and working sessions, usually bringing together the NSC and other stakeholders, which has provided opportunities for feedback to GHEITI on their activities. The report provides a narrative account of EITI implementation in Ghana, although there is no description on efforts to made specifically related to strengthening implementation and stakeholder engagement, and limited discussion of the challenges and difficulties faced apart from the lack of funding.
GHEITI has, with support from GIZ, conducted an impact assessment. The consultant Scanteam submitted their final report at the end of 2015, and the assessment was published on the GHEITI website on 15 March 2016. The NSC debated the impact assessment on several occasions, considering on one occasion that the assessment was failing to “emphasize the real achievements of GHEITI.” The Annual Activity Report 2015 lists a stakeholder meeting to discuss GHEITI impact assessment report as an outstanding activity yet to be implemented in 2016 (Annual Activity Report 2015, p. 11).
 NSC Meeting Minutes of 13 May 2015.