Ghana Press Fellowship
Two men speak at a table in Ghana. Credit: Jordi Perdigó, GPSDD

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.

Ghana Data4SDGs Press Fellowship Coverage

  1. Ghana is adopting a data-driven approach to fighting poverty / Vox
  2. How Satellite data can fight illegal mining in Ghana / UN Dispatch
  3. Drones deliver medical supplies in Ghana / Voice of America
  4. Ghana aims to capture vulnerable populations in first digital census / Voice of America
  5. Ghana just scratching the surface of illegal gold mining / Voice of America
  6. Ghana's 2020 census must include vulnerable women and girls -- UNFPA / Ghana News Agency
  7. 2020 census will count every Ghanian -- Vice President / Ghana News Agency
  8. Prof Gyan-Baffour appointed GPSDD ambassador / Ghana News Agency
  9. Veep lauds China's cooperation towards fighting galamsey / Ghana News Agency
  10. How A Census Can Drive Sustainable Development in Africa / UN Dispatch
  11. Ghana’s new lifesaving drones: like Uber, but for blood / Vox
  12. Satellite imagery helping Ghana fight illegal mining / SciDevNet 
  13. The NASA Veteran Cracking Down on Illegal Gold Miners / Bloomberg Businessweek 
  14. Ghana is betting on a digital census in 2020 to transform its informal economy / Quartz Africa 
  15. Sotheby’s Sells for $2.7 Billion, Fed Preview (Podcast) / Bloomberg 
  16. Ghana's Fight to End Poverty With Data / Global Partnership Secretariat 

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. These visits would not have been possible without the production work of media fixer Sule Lansah. A selection of photos from the field trip and briefing sessions are available here


Villagers affected by illegal mining

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


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