Investments in digitization, malaria, maternal health and TB are highly cost-effective
Recently, an eminent panel of seven distinguished economists met in Accra to evaluate more than 1000 pages of research across all sectors of government.
The smartest solutions for Ghana’s future development
With the results from Ghana Priorities, we have put prices on the menu, and we can all see exactly how much is actually paid for each option, and exactly what Ghana gets in return.
Eminent economists to prioritise best policies for Ghana’s future
The Ghana Priorities Eminent Panel Conference was opened in Accra, as reported by multiple news outlets such as Ghana News Agency, Starr FM, Daily Mail, and GhanaWeb.
Costs of moderate COVID-19 lockdown vastly exceed the benefits
In this special report on the effects of a hypothetical moderate lockdown, a reduction in the COVID-19 death toll is weighed against the resulting increase in malnutrition, less health outreach, lost education, lost production, and lost livelihoods.
Sensible budgets are not Ghana’s forte. But there is hope
The Econmoist published a great write-up on our Ghana Priorities project research.
Boosting Ghana’s Industry for Sustained Growth
Ghana's economic growth has been rapid since the start of the new millennium, reaching 14% in 2011, but economic performance has been relatively lower since then, particularly from 2013-2016.
Modernised Administration for Increased Autonomy
Digitising public administration at the local level improves efficiency and productivity. Faster and simpler revenue collection, especially, boosts transparency and increases municipalities’ autonomy.
Electricity for Health and Productivity
Expanding access to electricity can increase productivity and even improve health, which makes it a vital component of development in rural areas.
Family Planning for Health and Development
Family planning plays an important role in the reproductive health and rights of women. Access to contraception helps empower women and adolescents, increases investment in children, and contributes to poverty reduction and overall development.
Improving Learning in Ghana: Right Approach Matters
As in many other developing countries, the quality of education is still a critical challenge for Ghana. In a 2016 assessment, 45% and 30% of 4th graders could not meet minimum standards in mathematics and English.
Transforming Ghana’s Agricultural Sector
Agriculture is a significant contributor to the Ghanaian economy and an important source of employment, with over 40% of all workers engaged in farming.
For Cleaner and Healthier Rural Communities
Clean and healthy communities require proper sanitation, but one in every three people in the world still lacks access to a dignified sanitation service.
The Ghanaian economy has been growing swiftly, with remarkable GDP growth higher than five per cent for two years running. This robust growth means added pressure from special interest groups who demand more public spending on certain projects.
But like every country, Ghana lacks the money to do everything that citizens would like. It has to prioritise between many worthy opportunities.
What if economic science and data could cut through the noise from interest groups, and help the allocation of additional money, to improve the budgeting process and ensure that each cedi can do even more for Ghana? With limited resources and time, it is crucial that focus is informed by what will do the most good for each cedi spent.
The Ghana Priorities project will work with stakeholders across the country to find, analyze, rank and disseminate the best solutions for the country.
We will engage people and institutions from all parts of society, through newspapers, radio, and TV, along with NGOs, decision makers, sector experts, and businesses to propose the most relevant solutions to these challenges. We will commission some of the best economists in Ghana and around the world to calculate the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of these proposals, producing groundbreaking new research which will not only highlight smart policies in each specific area but would produce a menu of spending options.
We will then ask everyone - from Nobel Laureates to everyday citizens - to set their priorities for the country, sparking a nationwide conversation about what are the most effective and efficient solutions are for Ghana.
In Ghana’s 2019 budget, spending was increased by 27 per cent or GH¢15.6bn. Imagine if just two per cent of this increase would have been spent more effectively because of the Ghana Priorities research.
The smartest solutions for Ghana’s future development
Recently, an eminent panel of seven distinguished economists met in Accra to evaluate more than 1000 pages of research across all sectors of government. The panel includes Finance Minister Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Planning Minister Prof. George Gyan-Baffour, former Finance Minister Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, Prof. Augustin Fosu from the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance, Prof. Eugenia Amporfu from KNUST, and the Nobel Laureate economist, Prof. Finn Kydland.
Having read all the research, the panel spent three days discussing and challenging the findings with all the specialist economists. In the end, the panel’s hard task was to prioritize where Ghana can best spend public funds.
Copenhagen Consensus Center director Dr. Bjorn Lomborg said:
We are very interested in continuing to work with Ghana to help make sure that this research translates into action on value-for-money policies which will help to boost the country’s social development and economic potential.”
The Ghana Priorities research explored 79 solutions to help Ghana, covering themes from poverty and health to education, infrastructure and gender equality. In total, more than 1,000+ pages of groundbreaking, made-for-Ghana research were written by leading local and international economists.
Policy Interventions for Benefit-Cost Research
The Ghana Priorities Reference Group consisting of experts from the public sector, private sector, civil society organizations, academia, the media, and identifiable groups, reviewed the list 400+ interventions and selected top and secondary priorities for further research.
Policy Validation Seminar
The Copenhagen Consensus Centre in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), conducted a Policy Validation Seminar for the Ghana Priorities Project on 27 of June 2019.