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.

  

Initiatives

Data For Now - Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at Ford Foundation. (Diane Bondareff for Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data)
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Data For Now

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
Data For Now aims to increase the use of robust methods and tools that improve the timeliness, coverage, and quality of SDG data.
Doctor recording a newborns foot prints on the birth certificate.
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Administrative Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
A multi-stakeholder collaborative aiming to strengthen the capacity of countries to use administrative data sources for statistical purposes.
Ghana Press Fellowship
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Data4SDGs Press Fellowship to Ghana

GPSDD Initiated
In May 2019 the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data held its first media fellowship, with a week-long reporting trip to Ghana.
Planet Earth South Africa zone. Elements of this image furnished by NASA
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Africa Regional Data Cube

GPSDD Initiated
A tool that harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security and other development issues.
Breaking down barriers to eye health in South Asia. Narsingdi district, Bangladesh © Sightsavers/ Reza Shahriar Rahman.
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Inclusive Data Charter

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
The Inclusive Data Charter was developed to mobilize political commitments and meaningful actions to advance inclusive and disaggregated data.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
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Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | GPSDD Initiated
Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.
  

News

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7:30 am July 17 - 9:00 am July 17, 2018
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9:00 am May 09 - 5:00 pm May 11, 2018
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9:00 am March 21 - 1:00 pm March 23, 2018

Data for Development Festival

21-23 March 2018, Bristol, United Kingdom
April 18, 2017

Ghana Paves the Way to a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Over 150 participants attended the two-day National Data Roadmap for Sustainable Development Forum in Accra, Ghana in which Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-President of Ghana, delivered a powerful keynote address that signaled Ghana’s commitment to build a robust data ecosystem for sustainable development.
  
  

Partners

UK Aid from the British people
Government
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for all of us which is firmly in the UK’s national interest.
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Multilateral Organization
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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Non-governmental Organization
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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Non-governmental Organization
Our mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
IPA - Innovations for Poverty Action
Academic / Research Institution
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.
PEPFAR
Government
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. government initiative to save the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.
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Private sector
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.
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Non-governmental Organization
Youth Advocates Ghana is a national youth development organization based in Ghana in West Africa.
Natural Resource Governance Institute Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Natural Resource Governance Institute helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals.
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Non-governmental Organization
On Our Radar has a common mission to surface powerful stories and crucial insight from marginalized communities worldwide.
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Multilateral Organization
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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Academic / Research Institution
GRID3 works with countries to generate, validate, and use geospatial data on population, settlements, infrastructure, and boundaries.
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.
Athena Infonomics Logo
Private sector
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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Academic / Research Institution
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.
Sightsavers Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Sightsavers is an international organization working with partners in developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.
COSA - Committee on Sustainability Assessment Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Committee on Sustainability Assessment is a nonprofit network of over 50 partners that develops data tools and research insights to accelerate agricultural sustainability.
Education Sub Saharan Africa Logo
Non-governmental Organization
Education Sub Saharan Africa uses evidence to improve tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa.
IDEAS For Us Logo
Non-governmental Organization
IDEAS For Us develops, funds, and scales solutions that solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
PARIS21 - Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century
Multilateral Organization
PARIS21 promotes the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.
Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals
Academic / Research Institution
Southern Voice is a network of thinks tanks from the Global South that contributes to the global discourse underpinning shaping and delivery of the SDGs. It also aims to contribute to the effort on “Data Revolution” to support the SDG framework.
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Government
Ghana Statistical Service's mission is to lead the efficient production and management of quality official statistics in support of national development.
CARE International Logo
Non-governmental Organization
CARE International is one of the world’s leading humanitarian and development organisations.
Open Data for Development Network
Non-governmental Organization
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.