UNDAF Annual Report 2016

The report on the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) summarises key development results achieved in Ghana in 2016 with UN support, the penultimate year of implementing the UNDAF 2012-17. 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.

“This report documents the UN’s efforts and results in 2016 in Ghana, working with Government, civil society, and development partners. Much of this work has helped launch efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to ensure no one is left behind in Ghana’s economic development and democracy,” says UN Resident Coordinator Christine Evans-Klock. “The UN agencies working in Ghana have been making progress applying the Delivering as One approach recommended by the UN General Assembly to ensure coherence, avoid duplication, reduce costs of doing business, and maximise synergies in the UN’s work at the country level.”

UN support in Ghana takes many forms. The 2016 UNDAF report illustrates how the UN’s policy research, advisory services, demonstration projects, advocacy, technical support and knowledge-sharing is contributing to agricultural modernisation, food security and nutrition, environmental sustainability, water and sanitation, effective public health, education and social services that reach the marginalised and most vulnerable, refugee protection, effective migration policies and systems, and institutional capacity for good governance.

Each chapter of the report is devoted to a specific area of work and lists the intended results, reviews Ghana’s progress and achievements, summarises UN support, highlights key messages, and links results to SDGs. For example:

  • Throughout 2016, the UN supported national institutions of democracy and the electoral processes, including the signing of the national accord for peaceful elections by all Presidential candidates.
  • Ghana adopted important new legislation that is entering into implementation on gender equality, child protection, early education, and maternal and child health.
  • Gender policies and implementation strategies were developed with the major political parties.
  • Ghana developed a National Action Plan to End Statelessness that has been submitted to the Minister of the Interior and is pending approval.
  • The National Migration Policy adopted in 2016 seeks to address negative migration trends and better protect migrants’ human rights. The national migration data sharing framework was developed and will be fully operational in 2017.
  • The Government has taken a leadership role in ensuring that adolescent girls are protected from child marriage and other forms of abuse.
  • Ghana continues to make steady progress towards agricultural transformation and reduction of malnutrition with the private sector increasingly investing in agriculture.
  • The Ghana Zero Hunger strategic review was launched and is being led by former President John Kufuor, informed by the Ghana Cost of Hunger Analysis published in 2016.
  • Ghana signed the Paris Agreement which sets the foundation for implementing policies and enabling private-sector investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.
  • Parliament passed legislation to strengthen NADMO and make realistic provisions for the management of disasters and emergencies.
  • The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme has grown to reach some 945,000 persons, including more than 375,000 children.
  • Ghana has made substantial progress in bridging the gender gap in access to primary and JHS education.
  • Continued reduction of HIV prevalence indicates progress, however prevention of mother-to-child transmission and coverage of paediatric antiretroviral therapy remains unacceptably low, while stigma and discrimination continue to hamper uptake of services.

Going forward, UN support in meeting and reporting on Ghana’s international commitments made in recent landmark UN summits – such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement – will help the country maintain its leadership in the international community. The UN Country Team counts on strong partnerships in completing the implementation of the 2012-17 UNDAF and developing its successor – the strategic framework for UN work 2018-22. This framework will be aligned with national development priorities and will focus support on localising and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.