2010 Population & Housing Census Report - MDGs in Ghana

20 Feb 2014
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Summary

The main purpose of this report is to track the progress towards achieving the MDG goals based on new data from the latest population census, the 2010 Population and housing Census (PHC). For comparison purposes, the 2010 PHC data was complemented with the past censuses, particularly the 2000 PHC and, where available, reference is also made to similar national surveys such as the GDHS and the various rounds of the GLSS.

It is also noteworthy that because of the data limitations, the report focuses on only targets whose indicators are captured in the PHC questionnaire. In this regard, the report is limited to seven goals (i.e., MDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8) and about 18 indicators.

Highlights

  • According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census (PHC) report, Ghana‟s population stood at 24,658,823 at the time of the 2010 census.
  • Ghana‟s economy which until 2006 was dominated by agriculture is now led by service accounting for about 51% of national output. Agriculture accounts for about 30% (although about 55% of employed are engaged in the sector) while industry trail with only 19% of total national output.
  • Ghana has been touted as one of the best performing countries in the sub-region likely to achieve many of the MDG targets by the year 2015.
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