Bulding site in Accra, Ghana

Social situation Good progress achieved

Over the past few decades Ghana has achieved many development milestones. For example, poverty has been significantly reduced and the availability of safe drinking water has been considerably improved. Good progress has also been made in regard to basic education.

Better medical care for pregnant women and extensive immunisation programmes have helped to continuously lower maternal and child mortality. There are still considerable deficits in terms of sanitation.

Poverty and underemployment

Overall, economic growth in recent years has not led to more jobs and hence to a reduction in poverty. Furthermore, Ghana’s government is not succeeding in generating sufficient revenue in order to be able to deliver important public services. Income disparities are high and the social divide between rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger. Poverty is especially widespread in rural areas: whereas almost 40 per cent of the rural population is poor, in the cities that figure is about ten per cent.

More than 90 per cent of working age Ghanaians work in the informal sector and most of them lack both formal vocational training and social protection. According to a World Bank report from September 2020, youth unemployment is twelve per cent and more than half of the Ghanaian population is underemployed.

The Human Development Index (HDI) ranks Ghana 133rd out of the 191 countries assessed.

As at: 19/01/2023