Map Ghana

The Republic of Ghana is a partner country of German and international development cooperation. GIZ implements projects and programmes on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and has had its own office in Accra since 1983.

Our work in Ghana is firmly embedded within the country’s poverty reduction strategy, which aims to achieve sustainable, equitable economic growth and accelerated poverty reduction in a democratic environment.

Although Ghana enjoys comparatively high macroeconomic stability, it still lacks the well trained workforce it needs and competitiveness lags behind international standards. Economic players have little or no access to financial and other resources, including modern technologies. Large sections of the rural and urban population work at subsistence level in the informal sector. Poor population groups have little influence on societal processes, political consensus building and the allocation of state resources. Women are often particularly disadvantaged, as traditional customs and practices hamper their opportunities for development.

In line with government consultations between Germany and Ghana, GIZ’s work currently focuses on the following priority areas:

  • decentralisation
  • agriculture
  • sustainable economic development.

On behalf of BMZ we also support the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the Ghanaian public finance system and legal sector reform.

In two regional projects cofinanced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the market access and processing capacities of small cacao and cashew producers in several West African countries are to be enhanced so as to significantly increase their income from these products.

One measure financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is working with the insurance sector to develop innovative insurance products to cover farmers for the consequences of climate change.

On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, we are supporting the training of the police force in Ghana and West Africa.
All projects and programmes include HIV/AIDS prevention. The Regional Coordination Unit for HIV and Tuberculosis (ReCHT) is supporting the projects and programmes in this regard and helping mainstream HIV/AIDS in several development partnerships with the private sector.

Some measures are being implemented in collaboration with KfW Entwicklungsbank. In the priority area sustainable economic development GIZ is working with the Netherlands Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) In the decentralisation priority area we are cooperating with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and with the various partners involved in the Joint Sector Group on Decentralisation as well as Cities Alliance. Cooperation with the private sector too is becoming increasingly important. There are currently 15 partnerships in Ghana with German, international and Ghanaian businesses.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

German Development Cooperation House
Interim Country Director
Rita Weidinger

Office address
German Development Cooperation House
No 7 Volta Street, Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233 244311410
Fax: +233 302 773106

Postal Address
GIZ Office Ghana, P.O. Box KIA 9698, Accra, Ghana