Heliyon 2022 May 13;8(5):e09428. Epub 2022 May 13.
Faculty of Water Technology, School of Engineering and Architecture, SRH Heidelberg University, Bonhoefferstraße 11, 69123 Heidelberg, Germany.
'AKOBEN Programme' named after an 'Adinkra' symbol signifying vigilance, circumspection, and preparedness the underlying principles for the first "environmental performance rating and public disclosure initiative" which came into effect in the year 2010 was to serves as a continuous monitoring tool for gold mining companies among others post their environmental impact assessment in Ghana. Based on several criteria including legal requirements, environmental monitoring/reporting, hazardous/toxic waste management, best practices in environmental management, complaints management, compliance to environmental quality standards, community relation and corporate social responsibility policy, the effectiveness of the 'AKOBEN Programme' as a wholly Ghanaian tool for promoting good environmental stewardship was assessed. An adapted version of the integrated policy analysis, which links actual programme performance with criteria for programme performance consisting of an 'AKOBEN Programme' commitment review, an 'AKOBEN Programme' strategy scan and an 'AKOBEN Programme' plan and strategy mix matrix were used in scrutinizing environmental commitments mandated by the 'AKOBEN Programme'. Read More