Decent work and local development through dialogue and partnership building. Ghana

This employment-focused project in Ghana replicates a model for public-private dialogue and economic planning at districts level established in a previous ILO Local Economic Development initiative in the country. The project also contributes to knowledge development and capacity building to make policies addressing informality and poverty more effective. The project office is based in Accra.

The aim of the project is to mainstream employment-focused strategies for decent work in national and district policies in Ghana. Drawing on a successful district-level approach developed in 2003-2007 in the Central Region, the new project takes a more strategic approach in 2008-2009. Besides offering the public-private development model to six (6) new districts it will focus on knowledge development and capacity building for more effective policies addressing informality and poverty.

The anticipated outcomes are:

• Improved national capacity for developing and implementing coherent policies and programmes for upgrading productive and gainful employment in particular in the informal economy.

• Strengthened capabilities among district governments and local partners to set up and make effective use of public-private planning mechanisms for local economic development. This includes the consolidation of the approach in the four (4) current districts in Central Region and the replication other districts in Ghana.

• Increased knowledge and understanding among district, national and international partners of tools, good practices and technical resources for promoting local development for poverty reduction and upgrading employment in the informal economy.

The target group of the project are women and men in Ghana engaged in the informal economy and those employed or aspiring to work in micro- and small enterprises (MSEs). - in particular, young people leaving school and others seeking work.

Key beneficiaries are national ministries, the social partners, district governments, business associations, training institutions, other service providers, entrepreneurs and workers in MSEs.

The project is managed by a National Project Director based at the Project Office in Accra. Three project officers will be engaged for i) Local Economic Development, ii) Youth and Women entrepreneurship incl. gender mainstreaming, and iii) Knowledge Sharing.