The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data supports country partners at the national and sub-national levels in Ghana to develop and implement whole-of-government, multi-stakeholder data roadmaps for sustainable development.
The government of Ghana announced at the High-Level Meeting on Data for Development in Africa in June 2017 that it will address the plight of unregistered children with a national ID card roll-out. The ID card will facilitate access to healthcare, education, and employment, among other things. Current estimates are that about 40 percent of births and 70 percent of deaths go unregistered. A birth certificate will be required to receive the national ID card, so Ghana expects to enroll millions of additional children and adults in coming months. Significant life events will be captured via the system and this new trove of data will be used to provide better public services to Ghanaians and will also be a rich source of data for statistical purposes. Ghana is also exploring use of anonymized telco data for mapping and planning for internal economic migration and access to social services.
There are a number of other data innovation activities currently supporting sustainable development in Ghana. See below for blogs, partner activities, initiatives, and resources related to sustainable development data in Ghana.