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Ghana Statistical Service Launches Mobile Apps for Citizen-Generated Data Collection on Sanitation and Gender-Based Violence

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Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has launched two mobile applications, Let’s Talk and CleanApp Ghana, aimed at tackling sanitation issues and gender-based violence in the Ningo-Prampram District. The district is among the 30 areas selected for citizen-generated data collection using the apps. With the app, the Assistant Statistician for the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NIPDA), Mr. Alex Boateng, explains that his outfit will be able to gather the needed information on these two critical issues, which are usually scanty or inappropriate.

The Let’s Talk app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or accessed via the mobile code 800818#. A member of the technical team for the implementation of the apps in the district, Ms. Abigail Miwornunyie, explained how the app works. The app can be used to report gender-based violence such as sexual harassment, physical assault, denial of basic needs, restriction of movement, sexual assault, and rape, among others. The app allows reporting in text or audio, and toll-free numbers of relevant institutions, such as the police, are also available on the app for reporting cases of violence for redress.

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The CleanApp Ghana app can be accessed using the code 92058# and is used to report waste issues to the district assembly and service providers. According to Mr. Samuel Amey, Statistical Planning Officer, Ghana Education Service, and a technical member of the implementation team, reporting a waste issue accompanied by a picture would enable the local waste issue to be solved while providing information on how bad the waste situation is in an area for a long-term solution to be found. Reports of non-collection of refuse could be reported through the app or code on both household and communal waste bins.

Mr. Bernard Mats Yingura, the Ningo-Prampram District Coordinating Director, who launched the apps, said data collections help in shaping policies to improve the situation on gender-based violence and sanitation issues in the district. He urged assembly members and committee members in the district to own the project and sensitize their community members on the importance of collecting the data.

In a nutshell, the GSS has launched two mobile apps, Let’s Talk and CleanApp Ghana, to tackle sanitation issues and gender-based violence in the Ningo-Prampram District. The apps provide a platform for citizens to report cases of gender-based violence and waste issues in their communities, thus aiding data collection for policy formulation purposes.

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