Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 26.79 million
  • Population under 15: 39%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 61 years
  • Human Development Index: 140 out of 188
  • World Bank Status: Lower middle income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence: 1.5%
  • Mean Household Composition: 3.5 members
  • Female-Headed Households: 34%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 21%

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP HDR 2015, DHS 2014

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Emelia Allan - UNICEF 21 Jun 2017

This presentation provides an overview of child protection issues and care reform in Ghana. 

Akua Boatemaa Duah - Challenging Heights21 Jun 2017

This presentation describes the social protection interventions being implemented to support children in Ghana, as well as the benefits and challenges experienced in administering these programs. 

News Ghana14 Jun 2017

Ghanaian children called on the government to appropriately implement policies designed to protect children from being forced into acts that deprive them of their livelihoods and interfere with their ability to attend regular school.

Stahili12 Apr 2017

In this blog post from Stahili, Madara Žgute reflects on her experience in an orphanage in Ghana and cautions against volunteering at orphanages.

Augustine Djan - Ghana Star28 Jan 2017

This article reviews preventive social interventions and protective interventions in Ghana and finds that Ghana has done extremely well on preventive social interventions.

Biiya Mukusah Ali28 Dec 2016

The Department of Social Development in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana has closed six of the 15 homes in the region due to improper management and has threatened to close down more homes in the near future. 

Emily Delap, Camilla Jones, Helen Karki Chettri -- Children and Youth Services Review21 Dec 2016

This article discusses the results of a cross-country research project in Sub-Saharan Africa regarding the impact of social protection on loss of parental care, support to foster or kinship care and quality of care and wellbeing in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Citifmonline18 Oct 2016

This article from Citifmonline reports that persons seeking to adopt children in Ghana will soon be required resort to the High Courts for clearance.

UNICEF26 Sep 2016

The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief, Child Protection (Level 4) for guidance and general supervision.

Miranda Poeze and Valentina Mazzucato - Family Life in an Age of Migration and Mobility17 Sep 2016

How migration policies affect family mobility and relationships is a new and emerging area of study within transnational family literature. This chapter contributes to this literature by providing an in-depth examination of Ghanaian migrant mothers’ encounters with Dutch family migration policies and the impacts such policies have on their pathways to family reunion and the consequences for family relationships.