NDPC to hold National Forum on Inclusive Development on 10 May 2016 in Accra

By United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), in collaboration with UNICEF, the World Bank, UNDP and ActionAid, is holding a National Forum on Inclusive Development on 10 May 2016 at the Accra International Conference Centre. The theme is, “Promoting Growth and Fair Opportunity for the Poorest.”

The National Forum is one of a series of national events that NDPC is organising to enable Ghanaians to provide their input to the proposed long-term national development plan which aims at the socio-economic transformation of the country over the next 40 years.

Ghana's economic growth trajectory over the past two decades has been remarkable compared with sub-Saharan African and global averages. The country has also succeeded in halving the incidence of extreme poverty. However, the Sixth Round of the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS 6), published in 2014 by the Ghana Statistical Service, shows a continuing concentration of poverty, with growing income inequalities and a significant proportion of the population living in hardship. Ghana will not enjoy the full dividends of socio-economic transformation if the poorest of its people remain marginalised and vulnerable. The key issue for consideration in the long-term development plan is, therefore, “how can Ghana ensure its future is one in which there is equal chance for all to participate?”

This national forum will provide an opportunity to share ideas on how the poorest may be empowered to participate in and benefit equally from economic growth and social development. The key output expected of the event is a set of policy actions to promote inclusive development.