Ghana fast facts
Key cross-sectoral policies:
Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDA II)
National Climate Change Policy (NCCP)
Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:
Green economy learning
The government of Ghana recognizes that sound environmental management, especially through the application of science, technology and innovation, is pivotal to capturing economic opportunity. These principles are embodied by their Shared Growth Development Agenda.
Furthermore, PAGE in Ghana is enabling the government to deliver on the inclusive green economy objectives of this plan, as well as deliver on:
Progress in 2017: A Snapshot
Mainstreaming green economy
In support of Green Economy and SDG mainstreaming into the country's Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies development plans, PAGE:
- has developed an action-orientated manual that provides tools for planning and implementation at the local level; and
- has conducted targeted training for key government personnel for effective application of the manual.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, the Ghana Association of Bankers, and the Bank of Ghana, PAGE has initiated a green finance workstream. In support of this workstream, PAGE:
- has initiated a stocktaking study;
- engaged with key stakeholders at the Green Finance Conference; and
- will provide capacity building support for stakeholders in the finance sector.
Green economy learning
PAGE has been providing introductory green economy knowledge training in partnership with a national education and training institution. The aim has been to build up the capacity of the national partner to deliver similar trainings on a recurrent basis.
How does PAGE's work in Ghana meet its objectives?
Outcome 1: National policymaking
In 2017, PAGE developed a manual for mainstreaming green economy and aligning SDGs into the country's Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies development plans. Training has also been given to relevant stakeholders on manual application.
Also in 2017, a Green Economy Action Plan which was initiated in 2015, has been revisited with the aim of finalization for adoption by the government. Furthermore, the National Steering Committee was reconvened in August and endorsed the PAGE workplan.
Outcome 2: Sectoral reform
In 2017, PAGE advanced workstreams in green finance, green industry and entrepreneurship, and green economy learning. These work streams support the achievement of the national development priorities, as well as key government policies such as One District, One Factory.
For its work in green finance, PAGE has initiated a PAGE has initiated a study on green finance and participated as a panelist at the Green Finance Conference in November 2017. In terms of green industry, PAGE initiated work based on the four high priority recommendations of the Green Industry and Trade Assessment (GITA) endorsed by government partners at a validation workshop for the assessment.
For green jobs, PAGE is supporting the global review of skills for green jobs with focus on Ghana. Work has begun to undertake the assessment. The outcome of the assessment will lead to targeted entrepreneurship development and training in 2018. Also capacity building has been given to relevant national counterparts to advance green economy learning.
Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity
PAGE is providing capacity building support in foundational green economy learning as well as targeted trainings on the use of the manual on SDG incorporation in national development planning and green finance.
Training on the manual: PAGE will provide training for key personnel of NDPC, Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and MESTI as key frontline state institutions for mainstreaming SDGs into MMDA development plans.
This approach is to ensure sustainable and continuous capacity support for the MMDAs. PAGE will pilot the use of the manual on mainstreaming SDGs in development plans in 10 MMDAs in northern Ghana, learn lessons and provide feedback to NDPC, GSS and MESTI on how to upscale and mainstream the training support for all 216 MMDAs.
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.
SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles
In Ghana, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of three SDGs (8, 9, and 17) through harnessing partnerships and green economy learning, promoting green economy jobs.