Ghana is on the rise. Exports increased significantly in 2018 (7.5% year on year), oil receipts have shot up and last year the country recorded a trade surplus of USD 1.7 billion dollars. As the country experiences this development, the government has been a vocal supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with President Akufo Addo serving as one of two United Nations SDG Advocates along with Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Sollberg.

This public commitment to sustainable development is underpinned by a deep focus on improving data to drive progress, direct resources, testing and scaling innovative approaches to community health care, agriculture, education, and climate resilience. With a population of almost 30 million people and a median age of just 20 years old, a liberal media, and a thriving telecommunications industry, Ghana has great prospects for ‘leapfrog’ advancements in tech and data.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data supports partners at the national and sub-national levels in Ghana to develop and implement whole-of-government, multi-stakeholder data roadmaps for sustainable development.

Together, the Global Partnership and Ghana Statistical Service hosted a press fellowship to Ghana, bringing journalists to learn about foundational and innovative data for development in the country.

The government of Ghana announced at the High-Level Meeting on Data for Development in Africa in June 2017 that it will address the plight of unregistered children with a national ID card roll-out. The ID card will facilitate access to healthcare, education, and employment, among other things. Current estimates are that about 40 percent of births and 70 percent of deaths go unregistered. A birth certificate will be required to receive the national ID card, so Ghana expects to enroll millions of additional children and adults in coming months. Significant life events will be captured via the system and this new trove of data will be used to provide better public services to Ghanaians and will also be a rich source of data for statistical purposes. Ghana is also exploring use of anonymized telco data for mapping and planning for internal economic migration and access to social services.

There are a number of other data innovation activities currently supporting sustainable development in Ghana. See below for blogs, partner activities, initiatives, and resources related to sustainable development data in Ghana.

  
  

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Ishango is devoted to creating highly skilled data science jobs in Africa and increasing diversity in the development of AI globally.
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HelpAge International is a global network of organizations promoting the rights of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.
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The Natural Resource Governance Institute helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals.
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Education Sub Saharan Africa uses evidence to improve tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Youth Advocates Ghana is a national youth development organization based in Ghana in West Africa.
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Southern Voice is a network of 59 think tanks from the Global South that come together to inform the global dialogue on the SDGs.
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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centers of excellence for post-graduate training, research, and public engagement in mathematical sciences.
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afrimapr supports analysts in Africa with open-source R approaches for mapping and visualizing data.
Open Data for Development Network
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Open Data for Development (OD4D) is a global network of leaders in the Open Data community, working together to develop open data solutions around the world.
Millennium Challenge Corporation - United States of America
Government
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights.
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Athena Infonomics is a policy research and development analytics firm focusing on strengthening the use of data and social science research to solve development and inclusive growth issues worldwide.
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CBM Global works alongside persons with disabilities in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion and transform lives.
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On Our Radar has a common mission to surface powerful stories and crucial insight from marginalized communities worldwide.
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The overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction.
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Ghana Statistical Service's mission is to lead the efficient production and management of quality official statistics in support of national development.
PARIS21 - Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century
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PARIS21 promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
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Resilience Brokers champion a pioneering holistic approach to systems change that is driven by the power of collaboration and disruptive technology innovation. Our Programme is designed to create change at the systems level and support the timely delivery of the Global Goals.