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Climate change and migration in Ghana (Joseph Teye, Francis Jarawura, Lily Salloum Lindegaard, Nauja Kleist, Marie Ladekjær Gravesen, Philip Mantey, David Quaye, DIIS)

Climate change is expected by many to produce new and/or intensified mobility patterns, including migration and displacement. However, only limited research exists on the relationship between climate change and human mobility, specifically on the implications of increasingly intense slow-onset climate change, such as weather variability and extremes. This DIIS Working Paper provides initial data and analysis on climate, mobility and governance in Ghana as an input to the Governing Climate Mobility Research Programme.

In parts of Ghana, temperature increases have now topped 1.5 ºC, weather patterns and seasons are shifting, and all of this is occurring on the backdrop of other environmental and agrarian changes. This paper documents such changes through multi-decadal analyses of temperatures and rainfall as well as vegetation change. However, it also links these changes, and how they are experienced locally, to existing governance and mobility dynamics in the programme’s case study areas in the Upper West Region and Eastern Region. For instance, the paper indicates how governance interventions, including failures, have affected agrarian livelihoods as seen in the deteriorating irrigation infrastructure in the Upper West Region, and how existing mobility patterns are linked to resource access and rural livelihoods.

This working paper is a scoping study and therefore provides a detailed introduction to such environmental, socio-economic, governance and mobility dynamics in the study areas, as well as identifying key dynamics and possible linkages for further study. It builds on a previous GCM working paper that explores the historical linkages between climate, mobility and governance in Ghana.

Climate change and migration in Ghana | DIIS

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Ghana – Ghana’s #FixTheCountry protesters take to Accra’s streets (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Several thousand protesters marched in Ghana’s capital Accra on Wednesday under the slogan “#FixTheCountry”, the latest rally against President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government.

go to Al Jazeera: Ghana’s #FixTheCountry protesters take to Accra’s streets | Ghana News | Al Jazeera

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Ghana – Ghana opposition supporters march against killings, lawlessness (Al Jazeera)

Hundreds of opposition supporters marched through the streets of Ghana’s capital Accra demonstrating against what they described as rising insecurity and lawlessness since President Nana Akufo-Addo came to power in 2017.

Wearing mostly red or black, the youth wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) danced through the streets on Tuesday with signs such as “You tweeted for George Floyd … Ghanaians have died, speak up!”.

Ghana opposition supporters march against killings, lawlessness | Crime News | Al Jazeera

Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) hold antigovernment protests in the streets of Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) hold antigovernment protests in the streets of Accra, Ghana, on Tuesday [Nipah Dennis/AFP]

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Ghana – Ghana plans to issue Africa’s first social bonds with $2B sale (Ekow Dontoh, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera)

Ghana is planning to issue green and social bonds of up to $2 billion by November, which would make it the first African country to sell debt to fund development programs.

The West African economy, which is planning to borrow up to $5 billion on international markets this year, would use the proceeds from these sustainable bonds to refinance debt used for social and environmental projects and pay for educational or health, Ghanaian Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said in an interview in the capital, Accra.

Ghana plans to issue Africa’s first social bonds with $2B sale | Financial Markets News | Al Jazeera

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Ghana – Addressing youth unemployment in Ghana by supporting the agro-processing and tourism sectors (Ernest Aryeetey, Priscilla Twumasi Baffour, and Festus Ebo Turkson, Brookings)

As elsewhere in Africa, the issue of jobless growth in Ghana has become a major concern, particularly due to rising unemployment among the youth. Services have emerged as the driver of growth in Ghana, contrary to the experiences in East Asia and other newly industrialized countries where manufacturing exports led growth and added capacity to absorb low- to medium-skilled workers. In fact, in Ghana, manufacturing has performed abysmally, with an average growth rate of 3.2 percent between 2008 to 2017.

Addressing youth unemployment in Ghana by supporting the agro-processing and tourism sectors (brookings.edu)

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Ghana – Employment creation potential, labor skills requirements, and skill gaps for young people: Ghana case study (Ernest Aryeetey, Priscilla Twumasi Baffour, and Festus Ebo Turkson, Brookings)

The issues of jobless growth and the poor performance of manufacturing have become major concerns in Africa. A new growth trajectory has emerged in the region with services as the driver of growth, contrary to the expectations of manufacturing export-led transformation with the capacity to absorb low- to medium-skilled workers as previously observed in East Asia and other newly industrialized countries. It has become imperative for African countries, such as Ghana, to redirect attention toward identifying and supporting sectors with more significant employment potentials, in the quest to provide decent employment for a rapidly growing population, especially the youth. Indeed, the challenge of jobless growth in Ghana has brought to fore the need to diversify the economy away from mineral dependence through industrial transformation, mindful of the new technological developments. In this report, “industries without smokestacks” (IWOSS) the Ghana case study identified agro-processing and tourism as two of the sectors that could be relied on to potentially address the country’s jobless growth issue and enhance the competitiveness and productivity of small and medium-sized firms.

Employment creation potential, labor skills requirements, and skill gaps for young people: Ghana case study (brookings.edu)

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Ghana – Country Financing Roadmap for the SDGs: Ghana (WEF)

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ghana had taken proactive measures to solidify its commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including financing the SDGs as a long-standing priority. In partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP), the Country Financing Roadmap (CFR) for SDGs initiative is part of the Government of Ghana’s efforts to identify, quantify and develop strategies to bridge the SDG financing gap in line with immediate and longer-term national development priorities. The Ghana CFR report is the result of consultations with more than 50 local and global stakeholders – involving public-sector institutions, thought leaders, investors, development finance institutions and other actors – to formulate action plans to unlock capital and financing that will help the country achieve progress towards meeting the SDGs.

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Ghana – Ghana’s Economic Outlook: Business, Trade and Economic Transformation (ACET)

In this Q&A originally published in the French magazine Emerging Nations, Prof. John Asafu-Adjaye, Senior Fellow at the Economic Management and Governance Program and Charles Odoom, Head of Private Sector Development discuss the current and future business environment in Ghana.

https://acetforafrica.org/highlights/ghanas-economic-outlook-business-trade-and-economic-transformation/

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(Ghana) A conversation with Mohammed Adjei Sowah, mayor of Accra (Brookings)

February 4, Anthony F. Pipa, senior fellow in the Brookings Global Economy and Development program, hosted Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah of Accra, Ghana. The two spent time discussing Accra’s commitment to equitable and sustainable development, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A conversation with Mohammed Adjei Sowah, mayor of Accra

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