FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR OF GHANA: THE ROLE OF ASSETS DECLARATION REGIME
Corruption is endemic in the public sector as indicated by both anecdotal and evidence based research.
Many people posit that where assets are declared, upon assumption of public office, officials could
better yield to public scrutiny. The assets of public officials, particularly in developing countries,
are often found to be excessive in relation to their income while in public office, which in turn raises
speculations as to how they got their assets. One important tool for identifying the legality of the assets
of public officials is assets declaration. This paper provides an analysis of the existing practice in the
area of assets declaration in some countries in Europe, North America and Africa. It examines the key
elements of assets declaration regimes such as the legal frameworks, institutional arrangements and
policy objectives. In addition, the paper evaluates as a case study, the effectiveness of Ghana’s current
assets declaration regime as a tool for combating corruption ...