We support Ghana's vision of inclusive growth and development

_UNDP WORKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA for pro-poor policy-making, development planning and management (Photo credit: UNDP in Ghana)

UNDP supports the national vision of inclusive growth and development, as encapsulated in the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) through  assistance for pro-poor policy-making, development planning and management. Specific focus is on promoting inclusive growth, local level development and accelerating the achievement of lagging MDGs. Support is also provided for strategic transformational interventions with potential for reducing inequalities, replication, scaling up and sustainability are also supported    

In the area of pro-poor policy making and development planning and management, UNDP is supporting the technical capacity of key government institutions for the production and utilization of disaggregated data for evidence-based policy formulation, development planning and management, monitoring and reporting.  In this regard, UNDP supports the work of the Ghana Statistical Service and is the lead partner of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in the monitoring and reporting of Ghana’s progress in the implementation of Ghana’s medium Term development framework, GGSGDA, and the attainment of the MDGs. Technical support is also being provided to the oversight functions of the Office of the President, Parliament, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure effective monitoring and accountability of government programmes and policies, poverty reduction, development and aid effectiveness, and aid coordination.
UNDP, through the Office of the Resident Coordinator, has supported the development and the MDG Acceleration Frameworks (MAFs) for lagging MDGs ((MDG5 Maternal health) and (MMG7 Sanitation)). The support will continue the implementation through capacity development of institutions responsible for MAF implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Through its flagship the Human Development Reports, and occasional analytical papers, UNDP continues to provide data for evidenced based policy-making and development planning, by focusing on emerging and pertinent development challenges and issues. To promote inclusive growth and development in Ghana, UNDP is currently supporting the formulation of Human Development Reports for the Western and SADA Regions to ensure that the people of the resource-rich Western Region, and the deprived Northern Savannah regions participate and benefit from the national development process. To deepen the understanding and broaden the knowledge base on Human Development in Ghana, UNDP is working with the University for Development Studies to incorporate Human Development concepts in its Curriculum at both bachelors and masters levels.

As part of the inclusive growth process, UNDP works with the relevant institutions to enhance the capacity of local governments (district assemblies) to lead and promote the development of their own localities with the strong participation of the citizenry, as in line with the decentralisation programme. In that respect, UNDP is working with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and its agencies, to formulate and implement a National Local Economic Development (LED) Policy and LED Strategies for selected districts.

Strategic transformational interventions being supported to promote inclusive growth and development include support to the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the development of a Commodities Exchange in Ghana to promote fair and transparent pricing, increased productivity and production in the agriculture sector, with a view to improving the livelihoods and living standards of farming households and ultimately breaking the cycle of farming-related poverty.  UNDP is also collaborating with the Ministry of Information and private sector partners to establish ICT Centres to bridge the digital divide between served and underserved communities and promote entrepreneurship and empowerment of vulnerable groups through improved access to and usage of ICT.

A sustainable housing initiative to promote the use of local building material and technology for the development of low-cost housing in the deprived northern region is being implemented with a view to providing sustainable and affordable housing and skills development for women and youth as a means of restoring livelihoods in poor communities. Through this initiative, critical social infrastructure such as schools and clinics are being developed and  provided with solar energy systems though a collaboration with the Ministry of Energy.