Ghana is well placed to meet some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, has already qualified as a lower middle-income country, has showed robust GDP growth and has twice experienced peaceful transitions of power following democratic elections. Oil in commercial quantities was discovered off-shore in 2007, while production began in December 2010. In this new context certain regional and socioeconomic disparities and challenges remain to be further addressed, such as disparities in human and social development, social protection public sector reform and decentralisation as well as the protection of natural resources and the environment.
The Country Strategy Paper for Ghana (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for EC co-operation with Ghana under the 10th EDF. Assistance concentrates on transport connectivity and regional integration as well as governance through support to decentralisation, civil society and non-executive bodies. Other non-focal sectors include migration and protection of the environment and natural resources. The EC is committed to increase the use of budget support in Ghana through cooperation with other donors and in this context the Commission will pay special attention to performance in social sectors related to the MDGs. It will also focus on public finance management, regional integration, private sector development and trade facilitation, including support for the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
EC interventions in Ghana also take account of cross-cutting issues, in particular gender equality, environmental sustainability, democracy and good governance, decent work principles, civil society and non-state actors. The EC will provide €2 million of project financing for migration, security and catalysing diaspora resources for development as well as €8 million for natural resources management, including support for FLEGT, the EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade.
The multi-annual indicative programme for Ghana under the 10th EDF amounts to €454 million to address all these priorities.
For further details on projects and programmes in Ghana funded from the European Development Fund (EDF) and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Ghana is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, which is also responsible for co-operation activities in the country.