For a socially just economy
The need to transform the structure of the Ghanaian economy has been a recurrent theme since independence, however very little has been done in respect of a clear blueprint to achieve this transformation. A resource-rich country cannot reach upper middle-income status without significant structural change and economic transformation. Economic transformation can only take place, if a country makes a deliberate choice for a socially-just economic transformation through the development and implementation of a ‘long-term development strategy’ which aims at a pro-poor economic growth.
Oil & Gas Governance
In 2007, Ghana discovered oil in commercial quantities and the government, civil society and the researchers in Ghana are still discussing the production of oil and the usage of the revenues. There is still much to decide. Therefore the FES Ghana is committed to support the dialogue on the oil and gas governance.
Trade Unions in Ghana are still a strong force to fight for labour rights and a socially-just economy. In West Africa, the Ghana Trades Union Congress remains one of the leading actor which has various advantages with regards to the organisation of the Congress, the committment of its member trade unions and the strong advocacy for several issues addressed to the government.
Approximately, 125,000 illegal weapons are circulating in Ghana which is a home to hundreds of the most skilled blacksmiths in West Africa who can produce up to 80 weapons per year illegally. Small arms and light weapons are causing destruction and death as well as hindering the development of countries.
Therefore, FES Ghana is supporting the Ghana National Small Arms Commission to implement the Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
In order to strengthen the participation of young people and women in political processes, FES Ghana has initiated the Youth Leadership Training and the Women in Politics Training. Up to 15 modules give information on the Ghanaian state, the law-making process, the Ghanaian economy, gender and development as well as various soft skills, such as negotiation skills, facilitation, presentation or lobbying and campaigning skills.