Ghana

Country Overview

Ghana has achieved a strong economic growth over the past two decades owing to political stability, good governance and increasing export revenues from cocoa, gold and, more recently, oil production. However, this growth has been at the expense of its rich natural resources. This over-exploitation, combined with the financial crisis between 2006 and 2009, has lead the Government of Ghana to initiate a transition towards greener growth. PAGE has been assisting the Government of Ghana on this journey.

progress in 2016

The government of Ghana recognizes that sound environmental management, especially through the application of science, technology and innovation, is pivotal to capturing economic opportunity.  This principle is exemplified in the vision set out in their Shared Growth Development Agenda for:

a stable, united, inclusive and prosperous country with opportunities for all by leveraging Ghana’s natural resource endowments, agricultural potentials and human resource base for accelerated economic growth and job creation through value addition.

 

PAGE in Ghana is enabling the government to deliver on the inclusive green economy objectives of this plan, as well as deliver on:

 

Building momentum towards implementation

2016 was a year of building on the existing foundations of support and aligning to new priorities following a change in government. Leveraging the momentum of the Green Economy Week in December 2015, four key policy areas were selected for advancing inclusive green economy in the national agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

SDG 15: LIfe on Land

1. Agro-industry resource efficiency

SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions

2. Green economy public advocacy & social dialogue

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

3. Green economy training & capacity building

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

SDG 4: Quality education

4. Green economy knowledge sharing

To deliver on the priority policy areas, in 2017 PAGE will focus on:

  • Green industry and entrepreneurship
  • Foundational learning on inclusive green economy
  • Green finance

Bike, fixed in Ghana

It is imperative for green economy strategies and principles to guide all business activities to sustain livelihoods and create new opportunities for development.

Papa Bartels Ministry of Trade and Industries Ghana

Green Ghana Action Plans

PAGE in Ghana is supporting the government to incorporate inclusive green economy aspects in leading government policies and action plans such as the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDAII 2014-2017), the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

 

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The Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda 2014-2017 aims to attain “a stable, united, inclusive and prosperous country with opportunities for all by levering Ghana's natural resource endowments, agricultural potentials and human resource base for accelerated economic growth and job creation through value addition.”

Four key policy priority areas were selected for implementation in 2016 as well as for further embedding green economy aspects into the national agenda:

i) resource efficiency in agro-industries;

ii) green economy public advocacy and social dialogue;

iii) green economy training/capacity building; and

iv) green economy knowledge sharing.

The engagement with government, national institutions, private sector and other project stakeholders has allowed the various strands of green economy in the country to be brought together for PAGE to build on in 2017.

How does PAGE's work in Ghana meet its objectives?

Outcome 1: National policymaking

PAGE in Ghana is supporting the government to incorporate inclusive green economy aspects in leading government policies and action plans such as the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDAII 2014-2017), the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Worthy of noting is the fact that 2016 was largely a transitional period for PAGE implementation in Ghana with the re-organization of the institutional set up.

Four key policy priority areas were selected for implementation in 2016 and for further embedding green economy aspects into the national agenda:

  1. resource efficiency in agro-industries
  2. green economy public advocacy and social dialogue
  3. green economy training/capacity building and
  4. green economy knowledge sharing.

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

A green industry and trade assessment (GITA), which was completed in 2015, identified and assessed sectors that offer opportunities for green industry and green trade, including manufacturing supply chains for wood products, essential oils and cosmetics, and machinery.

A key recommendation is the development of a resource efficient green industry initiative specifically targeted at decoupling resource use from industrial output. This study served at the same time as pilot case for the development of a standardised green industry and trade assessment methodology.

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing

PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.

For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.