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 Ghana in realizing its national development vision and related plans and strategies which aim to promote development that is inclusive and sustainable, including meeting the imperative to ensure that “the dividends of growth benefit all Ghanaians, irrespective of gender, location, socioeconomic and physical status” (GSGDA II, 2014-17) and that no-one is left behind. UNDP’s offer includes support for integrated approaches to pro-poor policy-making and identification of options to ensure greater equity; transformational development planning and mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals; and timely production and effective use of data. UNDP’s work on inclusive growth is based on the premise that growth cannot be resilient or sustainable without equity, voice and participation and that these are critical for people to achieve their full capabilities and functionings (also see corporate UNDP's Strategy for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth). We work with key national partners, in cooperation with UN Agencies and others, to help bring about transformational change, bridge spatial and socio-economic inequalities and enhance human development outcomes.

We do this by supporting key public institutions to strengthen their capacities for undertaking transformational and impactful policy-making, planning, collection and use of data, and delivery of services; we commission issue-based and thematic research to inform policy, strategies and programming and to assist in the identification of inclusive and sustainable development pathways appropriate to national circumstances; we engage in the co-design of initiatives that can catalyze change and explore new and more impactful ways of tackling difficult development challenges; we enthusiastically encourage the development of platforms to facilitate coordinated engagement on the part of youth and civil society and easy access to information for planning through one-stop shops and dashboards; and we help facilitate South-South knowledge exchange to enable countries to learn from Ghana’s experience and partner with its institutions, and for Ghana to learn from countries.

Support for pro-poor policy making, transformational development planning and management: UNDP has been providing support to key government institutions on 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 (GSS) in a number of areas, including in the production of key reports and most recently, in supporting the SDG Data Roadmap Forum; it is a lead collaborator of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in its development of SDG-mainstreamed planning guidelines and the monitoring and reporting of Ghana’s progress in the implementation of its Medium Term Development Plans (MTDPs) and the attainment of the SDGs; it provides technical support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the inclusive development of a Country Mining Vision (CMV) in line with the African Mining Vision (AMV) that Ghana has signed onto. Technical support is also provided to the Ministry of Finance with regard to selected development cooperation activities and to ensure effective coordination of UNDP-supported government and partner programmes.

Issue-based Research and Flagship Reports: Through its flagship National Human Development Reports, commissioning of occasional analytical and discussion papers, UNDP provides data and analytics for evidenced based policy-making and development planning, and draws attention to policy options and analysis of emerging and pervasive development challenges and issues. UNDP Ghana has supported the production of more than twenty District Human Development Reports, two Regional Human Development Reports [for the Western Region (2013) and for the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (forthcoming in mid-2017)]; and several National Human Development Reports (most recent is for 2007/8). During the era of the MDGs, it collaborated with the National Development Planning Commission to produce bi-annual National Millennium Development Goal Reports (the terminal report was for 2015). To deepen the understanding of the application of human development approaches and to broaden the knowledge base on Human Development in Ghana, UNDP has been collaborating with the University for Development Studies to incorporate Human Development concepts in its Curriculum at both bachelors and masters levels. UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa collaborates with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to produce annual African Economic Outlooks which include country notes that are produced in collaboration with AfDB at national level. For the most recent AEO Ghana Country Note, see here. The Inclusive Growth Cluster has also commissioned studies and reports on the drivers of inequality; analyses of illicit financial flows, the contribution of extractives to human development and a social analysis of Ghana’s Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Sector; and two analytical studies on fiscal space amongst others.  For more publications of interest, see library

Strategic transformational interventions:  These include support provided to the Ministry of Trade and Industry for South-South exchange and the incubation of a Commodities Exchange in Ghana to promote fair and transparent pricing and trade with a view to improving the livelihoods; catalytic support to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) for the development of a One-Stop Shop Information Platform (OSSIP) with visualization capabilities, including an SDG dashboard, linked to the SADA Master Plan to facilitate planning, problem solving and coordination; a partnership with the Ministry of Information and private sector partners to establish ICT Centres to bridge the digital divide in underserved communities; and support to a sustainable housing initiative to promote the use of local building materials and technologies for the development of low-cost housing in the deprived northern region.

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