Ghana

Ghana has achieved strong economic growth over the past two decades, out-performing regional peers at reducing poverty and improving social indicators. 

However it was the triple crisis from 2006 to 2009, centering on food, fuel and finance, which stimulated the Government of Ghana to begin a transition to a more sustainable approach. Starting with the 2010 publication of Ghana Goes for Green Growth, the government recognized the importance of a shift to a green economy and drafted a National Energy Policy, including a strategy for renewable energies.  Prior to joining PAGE, Ghana passed a medium term development strategy - the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) II - and the National Climate Change Policy. 

PAGE objective in Ghana

PAGE in Ghana supports the country to identify priority areas and provide guidance on key strategies and policy implementation. Specifically PAGE will assist in the implementation of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (2014-2017) (GSGDA II). PAGE will also build on Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy and on UNDP-UNEP’s Green Economy Scoping Study and Assessment, which was completed in the country in 2013.

While the country still needs to complete the inception phase, including confirmation and further development of priorities for a country work programme the initial support has started so far in the following areas:

  1. Development of a Green Economy Action Plan that gives guidance on concrete activities that could operationalise the recommendations arising from the Green Economy Assessment Report for Ghana (Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research).
  2. Green Economy Stocktaking to review national strategies, green economy related assessments and ongoing GE programmes in order to identify priority sectors for future PAGE engagement in Ghana (Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research).
  3. Development of a Green Economy Learning Strategy based on a needs assessment and capacity building on IGE for different stakeholder groups (media, business, government) (Regional Institute for Population Studies).
  4. Analysis of challenges and opportunities of green industrial development and sustainable trade with a set of specific policy recommendations laid out (Ministry of Trade and Industry; Environmental Protection Agency). 
  5. Media training on Green Economy to educate and sensitize the media on the green economy concept and support the transition process through effective awareness creation among the Ghanaian people(UNFCCC; National Development Planning Commission; Ministry of Trade and Industry; Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation)
  6. Cross-impact analysis training to develop among national policymakers an understanding of elements that influence the transition to a green economy and embolden the approach to GE policy making.

2015

September
Second Green Economy Action Plan Consultative Workshop

July
First Green Economy Action Plan Consultative Workshop

January
Green Industry Assessment Validation workshop

2014

November
PAGE Ghana establishes a Project Steering Committee (PSC)

August
Ghana officially joins PAGE