Government of Ghana Okays UNDP's Work Plans

24 Jan 2014

imageHon. Kweku Ricketts-Hagan (left) and Mr. Dominic Sam (right) signing the 2014 Work Plans, Witnessed by Mrs. Gladys Ghartey

The Government of Ghana (GOG) has given the green light for the implementation of the 2014 development work plans prepared by the United Nations Development Programme and partners. This occurred during a short signing ceremony involving the Ministry of Finance, the UNDP and partners under the GOG-UNDP Partnership for 2014.

In Ghana, the Ministry of Finance is government’s coordinating agency for the execution of UN-supported programmes under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

In a brief remark preceding the signing on behalf of the GOG, the Deputy Minister of Finance Hon. Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, expressed government’s appreciation to the UNDP for the support towards the implementation of key national developmental priorities.

Mr. Ricketts-Hagan implored the programme partners to strive to achieve more results with the dwindling aid resources available to the country. He called for the inclusion of stakeholders and targeted beneficiaries in the implementation of the programmes. “The selfless notion of helping others in need should be more appealing and motivating enough to get programmes like this implemented”, he added.

On his part, the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Dominic Sam praised the Government of Ghana for promoting the principles of national ownership of development aid, stakeholder inclusion and putting the interest of the common Ghanaian to the fore. These, he noted, are in line with UNDP’s new strategic plan that seeks to help countries to achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Mr. Sam also reiterated the need for development activities to positively affect the lives of the everyday Ghanaian amidst high expectations from the dwindling development financing. He expressed the hope that by signing the 2014 Annual Work Plans in good time, ensuring effective programme management and monitoring as well as robust communication, delivery will be swifter than the preceding year.

“In the coming months, UNDP looks forward to the continuous dialogue on post-2015 development agenda, discussions on aid effectiveness, long-term planning perspectives, Regional Human Development Reports and more evidence based planning instruments to accelerate poverty reduction and social justice”, Mr. Sam concluded.

Representatives of partner institutions responsible for the implementation of the 2014 Work Plans were on hand to witness the ceremony. These included the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana Statistical Services, National Peace Council and the National Development Planning Commission.

The 2014 Work Plans relate to UNDP’s three thematic areas of Democratic Governance, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development. They respond to the Government of Ghana’s development aspirations in line with the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda.

The Work Plans derive from the action plans of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework which presents the coherent vision and collective programme results the UN system seeks to achieve in support of key priorities of the Government’s development agenda.

The signing of the 2014 Work Plans expresses government’s commitment to continue to work with the United Nations Development Programmes to improve the lives of the poorest women and men, remove exclusion and inequality in Ghana.