In May 2019 the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data held its first media fellowship, with a week-long reporting trip to Ghana.

Nine selected journalists were given access to expert briefings and field trips to explore how data and technology are being used to drive progress and improve life for Ghanaians, with a focus on issues such as environmental protection, equality and inclusion and health.

Photo by Jordi Perdigó (Kyebi, Ghana)

Ghana, with a population of almost 30 million people, is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and looked to as an innovator in data and technology for sustainable development. Ghana is also one of five countries using the Africa Regional Data Cube – a new innovation that packages 17 years of analysis-ready Earth observation and satellite data – to address challenges such as illegal mining, agricultural production, and urbanization. This work supports progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a comprehensive plan to address social, economic, and environmental challenges adopted by 193 countries at the UN in 2015.

“The Government of Ghana is a leader on data and technology for sustainable development. This is an opportunity to see the reality of how governments are using much-hyped new technology and data, and applying it to real world problems – with the opportunities and the challenges that this presents,” said Claire Melamed, Chief Executive Officer at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. “We want to give journalists a front row seat to see how data can help monitor and achieve the SDGs.”

This fellowship gave journalists access to the government officials, civil society leaders, and representatives of international organizations working in Ghana. Journalists attended a satellite data training with NASA, visited the Eastern Region to learn about how illegal mining caused ecological damage and how satellite data could help fight it. Journalists also shadowed enumerators during trial census activities in Agbogbloshie and at a psychiatric hospital, and visited a medical drone site. 

A selection of photos from the field trip and briefing sessions are available here

Ghana Data4SDGs Press Fellowship Coverage

How Satellite Data Can Fight Illegal Mining in Ghana

Mark Leon Goldberg, UN Dispatch

Drones Deliver Medical Supplies in Ghana

Stacey Knott, Voice of America 

Ghana is adopting a data-driven approach to fighting poverty

Sigal Samuel, Vox

Prof Gyan-Baffour appointed GPSDD ambassador

Dennis Prepah, Ghana News Agency

Ghana aims to capture vulnerable populations in first digital census

Sofia Christensen, Voice of America

Ghana just scratching the surface of illegal gold mining

Sofia Christensen, Voice of America

Ghana's 2020 census must include vulnerable women and girls -- UNFPA

Dennis Peprah, Ghana News Agency

2020 census will count every Ghanian -- Vice President

Dennis Peprah, Ghana News Agency

Prof Gyan-Baffour appointed GPSDD ambassador

Dennis Peprah, Ghana News Agency

Veep lauds China's cooperation towards fighting galamsey

Dennis Peprah, Ghana News Agency

How a Census Can Drive Sustainable Development In Africa

Mark Leon Goldberg, UN Dispatch

  

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