Ghana Priorities is a research and advocacy project that analyzes and promotes investments to establish how to achieve the most social, environmental and economic good for Ghana with cedi spent.
Ghana Priorities uses the Copenhagen Consensus Center approach, refined over the past ten years to improve global and national spending priorities.
This project involves hundreds of sector experts, many months of research, and engagement with decision-makers on the most incisive development approaches for Ghana.
Sourcing Ideas and Solutions
Initial consultations with 10 Ghanaian “sector experts” across areas aligned to 17 SDG goals in March 2019 have yielded a long list of more than 400 interventions for potential further research.
Additional consultations with other experts and ministries in Ghana could expand this list.
In April 2019 we initiated research on policy interventions that are self-evidently important, consisting of the interventions which most informed policy specialists, decision makers, CSOs and politicians would agree address some of the most important challenges in Ghana’s current development landscape and/or are likely to be effective uses of Ghana’s limited resources.
These "self-evident" interventions were confirmed by members of the Ghana Priorities reference group, and the following criteria were used to identify them :
- Multiple “sector experts” identified the intervention as important, indicating high policy visibility;
- Comparisons against objective international benchmarks indicate that the intervention addresses a highly important development challenge in Ghana;
- Previous research, including Copenhagen Consensus exercises, indicates these interventions are likely to be effective uses of Ghana’s limited resources.
During 2019 we will further engage with sector experts across Ghana through an additional series of sector expert consultations. The sector experts will be comprised of individuals from the government, donors, academia, NGOs, and think tanks.
These consultations create a rare opportunity to extract an in-depth and nuanced overview of the challenges facing Ghana. These consultations will likely result in hundreds of additional policy interventions on topics from health, education and food security to clean water access, environmental preservation, climate change, and infrastructure. The ideas from these discussions will be added to a pool of research topics.
The proposed interventions will then be shortlisted and reviewed by an academic advisory committee, who will agree on a final list of interventions to be researched and evaluated using cost-benefit analysis.
Conducting Economic Research
Top economists from Ghana and around the world will be commissioned to undertake cost-benefit analysis on the shortlist of interventions. Assumptions will be standardized to allow for comparison between different interventions.
Researchers will use the standard and most recent data sets in the respective areas/themes for the analysis; Census, NSSO, National Family Health Survey, Reports and other data sets compiled by various Union Ministries, State Government Departments and associated agencies.
Feedback and peer review will be embedded into the research process, to capture a broad range of expert perspectives. There is a rigorous academic peer review process, and first draft papers are also shared with sector and policy experts for their input.
The feedback is then incorporated into the final cost-benefit papers. Sector experts are then invited to provide commentaries alongside the final papers.
All papers and comments will be publicly available on our website.
Assessing the Smartest Interventions
An Eminent Panel of Nobel Laureates and leading Ghanian economists will read all of the papers, and listen to presentations about them at an event in Accra in 2020.
They will rank all of the interventions and establish what would do the most good for every cedi spent.