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Eminent economists to prioritise best policies for Ghana’s future

The Ghana Priorities Eminent Panel Conference was opened in Accra, as reported by multiple news outlets such as Ghana News Agency, Starr FM, Daily Mail, and GhanaWeb. 

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Costs of moderate COVID-19 lockdown vastly exceed the benefits

In this special report on the effects of a hypothetical moderate lockdown, a reduction in the COVID-19 death toll is weighed against the resulting increase in malnutrition, less health outreach, lost education, lost production, and lost livelihoods.

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Sensible budgets are not Ghana’s forte. But there is hope

The Econmoist published a  great write-up on our Ghana Priorities project research. 

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Boosting Ghana’s Industry for Sustained Growth

Ghana's economic growth has been rapid since the start of the new millennium, reaching 14% in 2011, but economic performance has been relatively lower since then, particularly from 2013-2016.

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Modernised Administration for Increased Autonomy

Digitising public administration at the local level improves efficiency and productivity. Faster and simpler revenue collection, especially, boosts transparency and increases municipalities’ autonomy.

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Electricity for Health and Productivity

Expanding access to electricity can increase productivity and even improve health, which makes it a vital component of development in rural areas.

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Family Planning for Health and Development

Family planning plays an important role in the reproductive health and rights of women. Access to contraception helps empower women and adolescents, increases investment in children, and contributes to poverty reduction and overall development.

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Improving Learning in Ghana: Right Approach Matters

As in many other developing countries, the quality of education is still a critical challenge for Ghana. In a 2016 assessment, 45% and 30% of 4th graders could not meet minimum standards in mathematics and English.

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Transforming Ghana’s Agricultural Sector

Agriculture is a significant contributor to the Ghanaian economy and an important source of employment, with over 40% of all workers engaged in farming.

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For Cleaner and Healthier Rural Communities

Clean and healthy communities require proper sanitation, but one in every three people in the world still lacks access to a dignified sanitation service.

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Equal Access to Health Care

Ghanaians’ health issues have shifted over time, from infectious diseases and maternal and child health problems to ever more non-communicable diseases. 

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Ghana Priorities

The Ghanaian economy has been growing swiftly, with remarkable GDP growth higher than five per cent for two years running. This robust growth means added pressure from special interest groups who demand more public spending on certain projects.

But like every country, Ghana lacks the money to do everything that citizens would like. It has to prioritise between many worthy opportunities. 

What if economic science and data could cut through the noise from interest groups, and help the allocation of additional money, to improve the budgeting process and ensure that each cedi can do even more for Ghana? With limited resources and time, it is crucial that focus is informed by what will do the most good for each cedi spent.

The Ghana Priorities project will work with stakeholders across the country to find, analyze, rank and disseminate the best solutions for the country.

We will engage people and institutions from all parts of society, through newspapers, radio, and TV, along with NGOs, decision makers, sector experts, and businesses to propose the most relevant solutions to these challenges. We will commission some of the best economists in Ghana and around the world to calculate the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of these proposals, producing groundbreaking new research which will not only highlight smart policies in each specific area but would produce a menu of spending options.
 
We will then ask everyone - from Nobel Laureates to everyday citizens - to set their priorities for the country, sparking a nationwide conversation about what are the most effective and efficient solutions are for Ghana.

In Ghana’s 2019 budget, spending was increased by 27 per cent or GH¢15.6bn. Imagine if just two per cent of this increase would have been spent more effectively because of the Ghana Priorities research.

In a hurry? Download our one-page project overview. 

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The Research

Ghana Priorities research explores the smartest solutions to help Ghana, covering themes from poverty and health to education, infrastructure, and gender equality.

Starting in March 2020 we will begin publishing this ground-breaking research

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Policy Interventions for Benefit-Cost Research

The Ghana Priorities Reference Group consisting of experts from the public sector, private sector, civil society organizations, academia, the media, and identifiable groups, reviewed the list 400+ interventions and selected top and secondary priorities for further research.

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Policy Validation Seminar

The Copenhagen Consensus Centre in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), conducted a Policy Validation Seminar for the Ghana Priorities Project on 27 of June 2019. 

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