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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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.

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. 

Family for Every Child26 Jul 2016

Family for Every Child, in partnership with the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute for Development Studies, just announced the launch of its Cash for Care: Making Social Protection Work for Children’s Care and Well-being Report.

Edited by Benjamin Davis, Sudhanshu Handa, Nicola Hypher, Natalia Winder Rossi, Paul Winters, and Jennifer Yablonski – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The United Nations Children’s Fund, and Oxford University Press12 Jul 2016

This book published jointly by FAO, UNICEF, and Oxford University Press presents the findings from evaluations of the Transfer Project, a cash transfer project undertaken in the following sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  It concludes that cash transfers are becoming a key means for social protection in developing countries. 

Rebecca Quaicoe Duho - Graphic Online7 Jul 2016

Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has sent a formal request to the Hague to become a signatory of the Convention, according to this article from Graphic Online. Ghana has begun the process of formalizing its child welfare procedures, including foster care and adoption, in an effort to comply with international standards.

Doreen Andoh - Graphic Online13 Jun 2016

Ghana is working toward reforming and strengthening the foster care and adoption procedures and, to that end, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) convened a group of stakeholders at a meeting in Accra to gather their input.