The current development aid to Ghana is based on the strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation.
Denmark-Ghana Partnership Policy 2014-2018
Ghana is in the midst of a transition, marked by growth and democratic consolidation. The country has gained lower middle income status and has the potential to become an emerging economy in Africa. Moreover, the country is an island of democratic rule, peace and stability in an otherwise fragile and conflict-ridden region.
The longstanding cooperation between Ghana and Denmark is a unique platform for leveraging a strategic partnership, which will strengthen the political alliance and benefit growth and employment in both countries. Denmark has been a long-standing and trusted partner to Ghana for many years since independence in 1957 – a partnership based on development cooperation in social and economic sectors, human rights, and good governance.
Given Ghana’s own resources and economic development, its status as lower middle income country, its new partnerships with the BRICS countries and other emerging economies, the country is no longer depending on development aid to the same extent as previously, and it wants to pursue inter alia trade, commercial investments and credits. Denmark aims at upscaling political and commercial cooperation while at the same time downscaling development assistance to the country in the period after 2014.
The implementation of the 'Denmark-Ghana Partnership Policy 2014-2018' will constitute a period of transition. It is foreseen that an exit program will be implemented from 2017.
The strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation
Denmark’s development policy will be informed by four strategic aims:
1. Security and development – Peace, stability and protection. Denmark will invest in
peace, stability, protection and increased resilience in the developing countries.
This also concerns our own security. In neighbouring areas of crisis and conflict,
Denmark will strengthen its assistance targeting internally displaced people, refugees
and local communities and through strengthened protection and improved
livelihoods, education and employment opportunities contribute to countering
refugee pressures on Europe’s borders.
2. Migration and development. Denmark will contribute to countering irregular
economic migration and to addressing the root causes of migration. We will also
increase cooperation on returns with the countries with which we are cooperating.
Everyone must have the freedom to create a future for himself/herself and his/her
family where their home is.
3. Inclusive, sustainable growth and development. Denmark will invest in inclusive,
sustainable growth and development in the developing countries, focusing on
energy, water, agriculture, food and other areas where Denmark has special knowledge,
resources and interests. This will contribute to creating sustainable societies
with economic freedom, opportunities and jobs – especially for young people. It
will also benefit Danish economy, trade and investments.
4. Freedom and development – democracy, human rights and gender equality. Denmark
will invest in activities that promote human rights, democracy, rule of law and
gender equality. Everyone is entitled to a life in security, without fear and with
inclusive participation and equal opportunities. We place sexual and reproductive
health and rights of women and girls at the centre of our work, and we will work
for a society that does not discriminate – neither based on gender identity nor
sexual orientation – and which observe the internationally agreed rules. This will
also foster sustainable growth and prosperity.