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Review of the changing nature of UK aid in Ghana


Independent Commission for Aid Impact

As Ghana’s economy transforms, the country’s development partnership with the UK is also changing. The UK has invested approximately £2.8 billion in bilateral aid in Ghana over the past two decades. Since 2011, the UK’s aid portfolio has been reoriented towards helping Ghana overcome its economic and governance challenges, and towards mobilising the resources to help Ghana finance its own development. At the same time, the UK has continued to finance education, health and social protection programmes in Ghana, but with less funding.

This country portfolio review assesses the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of all UK official development assistance (ODA) flows to Ghana relative to the UK’s following objectives:

  • Transforming Ghana’s economy: contributing to inclusive growth in Ghana so that the benefits from a growing economy are shared widely among the population.
  • Leaving no one behind: tackling extreme poverty and vulnerability in Ghana, including through addressing gender disparities.
  • Strengthening Ghanaian institutions: supporting Ghana in developing competent and sustainable institutions.
  • Transitioning the UK/Ghana partnership: managing transition away from a traditional aid relationship in a manner that safeguards past development gains.

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