Wednesday, 22 June 2011

ODI highlights Ghana's "star performance"

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which is Britain's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, has highlighted Ghana's ' star performance' in a new report due to be launched in Accra on 23rd June. “The Ghana Story” is part of a broader global report called ' Mapping Progress: Evidence for a new development outlook, ' based on research from 24 countries.

It lauds Ghana for showing sustained progress for over two decades in various areas including growth, agriculture, healthcare, education and sanitation and says, “ Ghana is on track to meet Millennium Development Goal 1 – halving rates of poverty and malnutrition by 2015. Having raised food production per capita by more than 80 per cent since the early 1980s, Ghana is largely self-sufficient in staple foods.”

According to ODI Director Alison Evans, “ the performance of Ghana is a reason to be optimistic about the country's future. Despite major challenges confronting Ghana's agricultural sector we believe this report provides evidence that progress in development is not only possible, it is happening.”

The Ghana launch will be held at the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) and will also highlight other success stories on the continent.

For more news and expert analysis about Ghana, please see Ghana Politics & Security.

© 2011 Menas Associates

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