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Ghanaian youth suggest drastic reduction in world improvement targets

At the first of a worldwide series of post-2015 youth forums, 65 Ghanaian youth read and discussed research from 82 of the world’s top economists and 44 sector experts, organized by the Copenhagen Consensus Center and with the help of the Youth Bridge Foundation, they prioritized which targets attained the most value for money.

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Youth Forums - Ghana

Three separate Post-2015 Consensus Youth Forums were held in Ghana and brought together 213 young people across the county. Each forum was organized by Youth Bridge Foundation, a nonprofit based in Accra which is dedicated to empowering young people to take a role in development.

The first forum brought together 39 young Ghanaians. After learning more about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda, the young people chose the following as phenomenal targets for the United Nations to prioritize.

• Universal access to contraception 
• End extreme poverty by money transfers 
• Eliminate violence against women and girls

The second forum organized by Youth Bridge Foundation brought together 26 young people. The second forum chose the following targets as phenomenal priorities.

• Eliminate violence in child discipline 
• Halve malaria infections
• Reduce assaults
• Cut TB deaths 95% 
• Reduce civil wars 
• Eliminate violence against women and girls
• 100% primary education in sub-Saharan Africa
• End extreme poverty by money transfers
• Reduce child malnutrition

The third and final forum was the largest forum held in Ghana. 148 young people came together to learn about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda. Afterwards they ranked the following as phenomenal investments to prioritize.

• Reduce child malnutrition 
• Open world markets for food and textiles  
• Cut TB deaths 95% 
• Halve malaria infections
• Research to increase yields

The video and other media on this page were provided by our local Youth Forum partners, to give voice to Youth Forum participants and show individuals' views on priorities.