The Republic of Ghana has been one of Germany’s partner countries in the context of its international cooperation for more than 30 years. GIZ opened an office in Accra in 1983 and currently has 208 employees working in Ghana, including 154 local staff.
Ghana is regarded as an outstanding example of economic and democratic development in an African country. With average annual per capita income of around 1,400 euros, it has been classed as a middle-income country since 2010.
Despite its comparatively high level of economic stability, Ghana still lacks a well-trained workforce and global competitiveness. Businesses have little or no access to adequate financial resources and modern technologies. Much of the population works at subsistence level in the informal sector. Marginalised groups and civil society have few opportunities to participate in or influence social and political decision-making processes, and women are often particularly disadvantaged.
As agreed between the Governments of Germany and Ghana, GIZ’s work currently focuses on the following priority areas:
Through the Market-Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP), GIZ contributes to the development of value chains for maize, citrus fruits, mangoes and pineapples. Working with major processing companies, MOAP reaches large numbers of farmers, who benefit from training in good agricultural practices in areas such as tree pruning, weed control, plant protection and fertiliser use, enabling them to boost their productivity. GIZ also provides advisory services to Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture and supports private sector capacity building in the agricultural sphere.
GIZ promotes good governance and is supporting the Ghanaian Government’s efforts to deliver improved services for citizens. As a basis for efficient and effective governance at the local level, GIZ is working to create reliable revenue streams, with a focus on the transparent and effective management of these financial resources.
- Sustainable economic development
GIZ cooperates with the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Bank of Ghana and the National Insurance Commission on improving small and medium-sized enterprises’ access to financial services and boosting employment in the financial sector. Strong employability and workforce productivity in the formal and informal sectors are also important for sustainable economic development. A further aim is to improve vocational training: GIZ therefore supports the business and professional associations’ efforts to identify training needs and devise appropriate skills development programmes.
In addition, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ provides support for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and promotes the successful implementation of the Renewable Energy Act. Two regional projects, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aim to improve cultivation and processing of cotton and cashew nuts with a view to significantly increasing smallholders’ incomes from these crops. Another regional project, commissioned by the German Government and co-funded by the European Union, provides training at Farmer Business Schools with the aim of improving small-scale cocoa producers’ financial and budget planning and farm management skills.
Ghana is becoming increasingly important for the German and international economy as well. There are currently 12 development partnerships in Ghana involving German, international and local businesses.
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