New Ghanaian

Observations from Afar: half term report – January to June 2021.

Job 32:17 – 21 At least the second term government of Nana Akuffo-Addo has seen a reduction in the number of ministers of state, though in hindsight no high fives for the government, as the hitherto large ministerial contingent was the government’s own invention. Most of the previous ministers were retained in their old portfolios – lost opportunity to shuffle them around and bring new […]

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Hamile to Elubo – observations, rantings and learnings from the 2020 general elections

Proverbs 31:8-9 Electoral Commission and self inflicted injury The Electoral Commission (EC) is no victim, even if it was, it’s an unintentional victim (I’m hoping) borne out of its own irresponsiveness; unforced errors; and amateurish approach. However, any criticism of the EC should be devoid of gender tainted innuendos. The EC’s failings are not because […]

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Proposal from afar: reducing the number of ministries and making them more effective

The President took office on 7th of January. As this is a continuation government, I expect that the inner circle of the President (all presidents have inner circles/kitchen cabinets) and the team have already identified their preferred candidates for the various ministries and government departments. It is not unusual for some of the minsters in […]

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Economy, Infrastructure and Competitiveness

CONTEXT FOR REFORM Ghana has gone a long way and making strides in growth and development. It has achieved good marks on macroeconomic stability and sovereign-credit ratings, which should be good foundation for major economic take off. However more needs to be done to conquer the perennial exchange rate and inflation problems STRATEGIES Independent Central […]

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Health Care Policy

CONTEXT FOR REFORMGhana’s health system is characterised by rising cost and lack of a sustainable financing model; limited availability of doctors (population growing faster than doctor levels).  This has led to inefficient health care system that produces poor quality outcomes. There is an urgent need to improve accessibility, responsiveness, efficiency, coverage, quality, sustainability and value […]

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Housing Policy

CONTEXT FOR REFORM Ghana has a serious housing problem caused by: rapid and unplanned urbanisation, poor housing and planning systems, poor buildings, unaffordable houses, limited access to credit, and undersupply of decent and affordable houses. Example, house prices in Accra are far expensive than similar houses in London using purchasing power parity or minimum wage […]

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Governance and Democratic Delivery

Security Services Armed Forces Promote and maintain and professionalised non-partisan & competent forces that is able to confront the growing threat to national security from terrorism, regional violence & disputes, national relief emergencies, territorial integrity and oil reserves Armed forces to focus on their universal remit (nation security and emergences), and not allowed into any […]

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Schools Policy for Ghana

CONTEXT FOR REFORM Ghana’s school system is a mishmash of poor, fair and good. Most schools outside the big metropolitan areas, rural schools and schools in deprived metropolitan areas (e.g. Mamobi in Accra or Effia Kuma in Takoradi)  are poor to fair, while some schools in metropolitan areas are fair to good (e.g. Bishop Bowers […]

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Alternative Manifesto for Ghana

Ghana has emerged as one of the success stories in Africa – poor contextual comparison -and has benefitted from the goodwill of democratic stability: increase in foreign investment, grants, and often condescending paean from donors. Yet, Ghana is at crossroads regarding its competitiveness and ability to fulfil the aspirations of its founders and citizens. Its long held (and […]

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