Ghana is well-placed to meet some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. It has already qualified as a lower middle-income country, has shown robust GDP growth and has experienced peaceful transitions of power following democratic elections.
EU programmes focus on:
- improving transport links and promoting regional integration,
- assisting Ghana’s decentralisation policy,
- improving different aspects related to Ghana’s access to international trade and export,
- supporting civil society and non-executive bodies.
The 10th EDF also includes €8 million for natural resources management and including support for the EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
Cooperation assistance is increasingly channelled through budget support. A platform of budget support donors - the multi-donor budget support Group - numbers 10 donors, including the World Bank.
In providing assistance in this way, special attention is paid to Ghana’s progress on good financial management and on meeting the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the social sectors.
Budget support was the instrument of choice to channel €52 million for a maternal health programme, approved by the European Commission in 2012 to help the country attain Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG) on maternal health.
Ghana also benefits from €45.0 Million from other EU funded programmes, including: the food facility, support to Non-State Actors and local authorities (NSA/LA), and the human rights instrument (EIDHR).
All EU activities in Ghana 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.