Annual review of the DFID Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) programme

This is the 2014 annual review of DFID’s £17M Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) programme (2013 – 2017). It is the second annual review of the programme and covers the period from January to December 2014. The ARH programme is working to improve reproductive health knowledge and behaviour for up to 350,000 adolescents and strengthen… Read more

Skills development in the informal sector of Sub‐Saharan Africa

The informal sector of Sub-Saharan Africa is comprised of small and household enterprises that operate in the non-farm sector outside the protected employment of the formal wage sector. The sector was identified 40 years ago by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) representing a pool of surplus labour that was expected to be absorbed by future… Read more

Education outcomes and poverty: a reassessment

This book examines the impact of education on the lives and livelihoods of people in developing countries, particularly those living in poorer areas and from poorer households. The chapter titled, ‘skill acquisition and its impact upon lives and livelihoods in Ghana, India and Pakistan’, outlines the different national contexts of skills development in these countries. It assesses… Read more

Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania

An interrogation under way is whether policies for widening participation in sub-Saharan Africa are working. That was one of the key questions addressed by the research project Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania: Developing an Equity Scorecard. Research teams—at the Universities of Sussex, UK; Cape Coast, Ghana; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania—found… Read more

Ghana health sector support programme: scenario planning and risk management, Draft report

This review considered possible scenarios for the health sector over the next three years and a range of associated options for future support from the Department for International Development (DFID). The review concludes the best option to be: provision of non-budget support financial aid for primary care. The report makes the following recommendations: DFID should… Read more

Water Hauling and Girls’ School Attendance: Some New Evidence from Ghana

In large parts of the world, a lack of home tap water burdens households as the water must be brought to the house from outside, at great expense in terms of effort and time This paper studies how such costs affect girls’ schooling in Ghana, with an analysis based on four rounds of the Demographic… Read more

Examining teachers’ concerns and attitudes to inclusive education in Ghana

This paper reports on a study that examined teachers’ concerns and attitude toward inclusive education of students with disabilities in Ghana. A 20 item Attitudes Toward Inclusion in Africa Scale (ATIAS) was completed by 100 teachers from five ‘Inclusive Project’ schools and five Non-Project coeducational basic schools in three different localities; central business, coastal and… Read more

Ghana Education 2006-2013, Lessons Learned

This short Lessons Learned paper was requested as part of the Project completion Review process of DFID’s Support to the Education Strategic Plan 2006-2013. The education sector looks very different in 2013 from how it did in 2006. The major changes are: over 3 million more children enrolled in basic education (a 70% increase) over… Read more

Ghana: Support to the Education Strategic Plan. Project Completion Review.

Overall the DFID support plan has provided a significant contribution to progress on Ghana’s Education Sector Plan. Output results have been mixed, and specific targets in a number of cases narrowly missed. In summary the headlines are: Gross and Net enrolments have increased, though with the exception of Kindergarten not as much as was expected. Similarly… Read more

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