A community of people with disability in one of Ghana’s savannah ecological zones benefits from climate-smart agricultural techniques. Climate change adaptation and mitigation are among the EU’s agriculture priorities in the West African country. Photo by: C Peterson / CIAT / CCAFS / CC BY-NC-SA


Ghana has exhibited considerable progress across several sectors over the past decade. The West African country attained lower-middle-income status in 2010 thanks to its sustained economic growth, which averaged 6.4 percent since 2000. Further, the International Monetary Fund projects an average annual growth rate of 6.3 percent from fiscal year 2013 through 2018.

The country has also seen success in areas of governance, rule of law and human rights. But while the Ghanaian government was able to transition smoothly to a democratic system, several of its development partners have highlighted gaps in the country’s public institutions. Reforms in public finance need to be enacted, as corruption and limited accountability impede on resource mobilization. This in turn limits the scope of delivery of basic public services. Currently, the government is undertaking a constitutional review with the intention of evening out the balance of power between the executive branch and its counterparts.

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In her role as editor for business insight, Aimee creates and manages multimedia content and cutting-edge analysis for executives in international development. As the manager of Development Insider, Devex's flagship publication for executive members, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest news, trends and policies that influence the business of development.


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