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Ghana 2024-2026

Statistics Denmark is implementing the second phase of a Strategic Sector Program in Ghana financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our partner is the Ghana Statistical Services, which is the main producer of official statistics in Ghana.

About Denmark’s Strategic Sector Cooperation (on the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Long-term ambitions

In the longer run, the second phase of collaboration between Statistics Denmark and Ghana Statistical Services aims to establish and secure the preconditions for a sustainable national statistical system based on digital collection, processing and dissemination of administrative and to a lesser degree survey data. The statistical products will then be able to support the decision making for the development of the Ghanaian society in general and the just green transition in particular.

The second phase naturally builds on the results achieved in the first phase. During the first phase, opportunities of working with administrative microdata have been explored especially in relation to the new Ghana card (a personal identity card similar to the Danish Sygesikringsbevis) and pilots with the National Identification Authority, the Ministry of Education, and the Ghana Education Service have been commenced. In general, collaborations with the National Statistical System have been sought including a technical delegation to Denmark from the Birth and Death Registry. Another focus of phase I has been digitalization; A High level delegation from the Vice President of Ghana’s technical team to Denmark was conducted for a digitalisation fact finding mission; Following the 2021 Population and Housing Census, a Statsbank was completed and launched; and the Data Science Team and other relevant staff at GSS have increased their capacities in R. Finally, experts from Statistics Denmark have supported the completion of Green Goods & Services Questionnaire for Business survey.

The aim in phase II is to build on these results by continue exploring opportunities for administrative data, seeking collaboration and synergy with the rest of the National Statistical System, working for a digitalization agenda and finally supporting the production of environmental accounts and thus supporting the green transition in Ghana.

You can read more about phase I and find videos about the project here

Strategic outcomes

The project has three strategic outcomes:

  • Improved statistical frameworks and systems supporting a just green transition in Ghana through strengthening of NSO capacities to work with adequately and appropriately disaggregated survey and administrative data for statistics, for digitalization processes and for communication.
  • Ghana Statistical Services has strengthened its role as trusted data providers, their capacities to cooperate and access relevant sector data, and their provision of relevant and in-demand statistics to government, private institutions and the general public relevant to a just green transition.
  • Accelerated required decisions on viable data-solutions for the data ecosystem including but not limited to those of relevance to a just green transition enabled by Ghana Statistical Services through exposition to Danish data-solution companies and the Danish Public Private Partnership data-ecosystem of statistics.

Areas of collaboration

Improving Ghana Statistical Services and the rest of the National Statistical System’s capacities will be done by securing data flows, improving R and Python skills, digitalizing prioritized statistical processes, continued work on IT and data security issues, strengthening communication and dissemination skilss, and providing technical support to the further development of the implementation of The System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA).

Besides, bilateral relations and green diplomacy in support of Ghana Statistical Services’ role in delivering statistics relevant to the green transition will be enhanced through high-level meetings, conferences and study visits.

Below you can find videos about the project in Ghana:

Video on access to water - short version approx. 3 minutes

Video on access to water - approx. 6.30 minutes

Video on a hackaton in Ghana - approx. 5.30 minutes


Video on the Data Science Team - 3:30 minutes