During a Consultative Group meeting of Ghana development stakeholders in 2010, the government, private sector, civil society groups, established donors and newer partner countries seemed to focus on the same goal: aid independence by the year 2020. Despite Ghana’s continued economic growth, political stability and relatively strong government institutions, the next few years will be crucial to the country’s pursuit of more sustainable health, education and wealth creation programs.
Ranking among middle-income countries, the future of Ghana’s prosperity now lies in its ability to sustain political and macroeconomic stability. Regional inequalities between the North and South remain as the northern part of the country continues to experience higher levels of poverty, lower educational attainment, small businesses that lack innovation and productivity, and undervaluation of oil production hampering inclusive growth. Roughly 25 percent of Ghanaians live below the poverty line.
In an effort to help the North achieve equal footing and Ghana to reach its goal of aid independence this decade, the United Kingdom and its Department for International Development is committing resources to raise the quality of education, encourage enterprise and wealth creation, and reduce maternal mortality and child deaths throughout the country.