Our Work in Ghana

The UN works with the Government and people of Ghana for sustainable economic and social development, peace, and human rights. The work of the UN Country Team in Ghana evolves around four so-called Thematic Areas, Joint Programmes, and cross-cutting themes.

Thematic Areas

  • Food Security & Nutrition

    In this work area, actions aim to improve food security and nutritional status; improve agricultural productivity and competitiveness; and enhance integration into domestic and international markets.

  • Improved Capacity in Social Services

    The work on Human Development and Productive Capacity for Improved Social Services targets significantly expanding the capacity of the social service sectors to increase access to, and utilisation of, high impact health and nutrition, educational, social protection, and HIV/AIDS programmes and services, especially to reach disadvantaged groups.

  • Sustainable Environment, Energy & Human Settlement

    The work on Sustainable Environment, Energy & Human Settlements supports the implementation of national priorities in climate change mitigation and adaptation; natural disaster preparedness and response; urban development; housing; and slum upgrading.

  • Transparent & Accountable Governance

    This area of work supports the continuous deepening of democracy and expansion of public participation through strengthening key institutions in human rights, electoral processes, statistics collection and analysis, and development planning.

Joint Programmes

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

    The joint UN Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme (WASH) aims to improve public water and sanitation infrastructure in flood-prone communities accompanied by advocacy for good hygiene practices.

  • Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger (REACH)

    The Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger (REACH) initiative aims to assist governments of countries with a high burden of child and maternal undernutrition to accelerate the scale-up of food and nutrition actions.

  • Climate Finance

    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established in 2010 as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), designed to disburse $100 billion per year of new and additional resources by 2020 for addressing climate change.

  • Green Economy

    Working towards a Green Economy, the UN in Ghana specifically engages in two joint programmes: The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and the SWITCH Africa Green Project.

  • Ebola Prevention

    In 2014, the UN in Ghana responded to GoG request to support the National Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness Plan (on Ebola) through a joint project targeting community awareness and education and health sector capability.

Cross-cutting Themes

  • Humanitarian Coordination

    There is a growing commitment to integrate humanitarian concerns across the development agenda.

  • Gender

    Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The United Nations focused on eliminating gender discrimination and violence in every part of the world, including in Ghana.

  • Human Rights

    The United Nations is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guides the work of the entire UN system. UN Ghana supports the Government of Ghana in its efforts to ensure that all Ghanaians fully enjoy their human rights.

  • Refugees

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate action to protect refugees, and work with the Government of Ghana to resolve refugee problems in Ghana. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

  • Migration

    The Government of Ghana (GoG) has developed a National Policy on Migration (adopted in 2016) and its implementation plan with the support from the IOM Development Fund (IDF). For the first time in the history of Ghana, the Government has formulated a comprehensive policy to guide the management of its internal, intra-regional and international migration flows.