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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Rebecca Quaicoe Duho - Graphic Online1 Nov 2017

Ghana held a national legislative consultative meeting to" usher in the review of laws that protect children in the country to conform to current societal trends," according to this article from Ghana's Graphic Online. The review of the laws will include the Children’s Act, the Juvenile Justice Act and other related laws. 

Spencer L. James, Jini L. Roby, Lindsay J. Powell, Bryan A. Teuscher, Kelsey L. Hamstead, Kevin Shafer - Children and Youth Services Review31 Oct 2017

This study assesses whether 157 children who spent time in a Ghanaian residential care facility but who have been reunified with their families scored differently on a battery of standardized child wellbeing measures than 204 children still living in residential care facilities using propensity score matching models. 

MEASURE Evaluation 22 Sep 2017

International actors and representatives from Armenia, Ghana, Moldova, and Uganda convened in London September 11-15 2017 to learn and share experiences to inform the alternative care reform process in the four countries. 

Fred Sakyi Boafo, Yvonne Norman and Kwabena Frimpong-Manso11 Sep 2017

This presentation by key actors in children's care reform in Ghana provides an overview of the demographic data of Ghana and offers a thorough review of the situation of children's care, and care reform efforts, in the country.

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.