UNDAF Annual Report 2014-2015

The report on the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) summarises key development results achieved in Ghana in 2014 and 2015 with UN support. The report highlights how the UN is contributing to agricultural modernisation, food security and nutrition, environmental sustainability, water and sanitation, expanding effective public social services to reach the marginalised and most vulnerable, and institutional capacity for good governance.

The UNDAF sets out the UN system’s roles and collective contributions to the achievement of the medium-term development plan, the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda, GSGDA II 2014-2017. It provides a strategic programme framework for bringing together the complementary mandates, technical expertise and resources of all UN agencies working in Ghana, and aligning them with national development priorities and global development aspirations.

“The 25 UN agencies working in Ghana are most effective when we harmonise our efforts. This helps us avoid duplication, ensure policy coherence, and reduce operating costs. The commitment to Delivering as One guides how we work together across the UN’s mandate to promote human development, encourage disaster risk reduction, preserve peace and uphold human rights. This report documents the UN’s efforts and results in 2014 and 2015 in Ghana, working with numerous Government, civil society, and development partners,” says UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock.

UN support in Ghana takes many forms, from making available global expertise and adapting good practices to national circumstances and needs, to facilitating South-South exchanges, providing technical assistance, advocating and enabling compliance with international standards ratified by Ghana, undertaking research and applying it to policy issues, and building up capabilities in data collection and use to inform policy decisions and monitor their implementation.

Each chapter of the report is devoted to a specific area of work – such as governance, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, or agriculture – and lists the intended results, highlights key messages, and provides case study examples of achievements.  

In 2015, at the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) initiative, Ghana celebrated its success as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to have met the MDGs to cut extreme poverty by half. Ghana made substantial progress to reduce HIV prevalence, increase access to primary education for girls and boys equally, and reduce hunger. Ghana has been a strong partner of the UN through its leadership in the consultation process to develop the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, and in the fight against Ebola by hosting the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to support the affected countries in West Africa in 2014-2015.

Looking forward, the UN Country Team counts on strong partnerships in completing the implementation of the 2012-2017 UNDAF and developing its successor – the strategic framework for UN work 2018-2021. This framework is expected to focus support on localising and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through Ghana’s national development plans.