‘Ethics and Values are the foundation to reduce corruption.' This was one of the key conclusions of the International Workshop on "Culture of Integrity, Ethics and Transparency", organised in Accra/Ghana on 8-9 Feb 2018 by the Kingdom Equip Network and Globethics.net five anticorruption and business ethics networks from Ghana.
Dr Ansah and Dr Stueckelberger (m) with media and civil society representatives in Accra, Ghana
The conference took place in three sectoral workshops: (1) The Civil Society Organisations and Media, (2) the Academic and Public Sector and (3) The Business Community. In each sector, between 60–90 participants in leading positions in Ghana discussed how ethics can contribute to an Ethics of integrity as basis to reduce corruption. The Senior Minister and the Minister of State for Tertiary Education welcomed in their speeches these efforts, presented by Globethics.net President and Ethics Professor Christoph Stückelberger as keynote speaker. The new President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has a good reputation for his strong commitment and actions to reduce corruption. He received the Prof. Stückelberger with a delegation. He expressed his clear interest to cooperate with Globethics.net Programme on Ethics in Higher Education and mandated his right hand, the Senior Minister, to follow up. He also expressed his concern that the boom of Ghanaian Universities—within 15 years the number of universities grew from 8 to 97!—has made it difficult for the state supervise. As a result, there has been a decline in education quality and an increase in graduate unemployment.
Senior Minister of Ghana (l), Dr Stueckelberger (m), Minister for Tertiary Education of Ghana (r)
The conference showed that broad coalitions are needed to reduce corruption and strengthen integrity and ethics in a society.