Ghana pursues progress, amid tense election cycle

"Jerry Rawlings visits AMISOM 04" by AMISOM Public Information is marked with CC0 1.0

By | Rachel Brooks

November 25, 2020 

Above image credit: “Jerry Rawlings visits AMISOM 04” by AMISOM Public Information is marked with CC0 1.0

Ghana pursues technological progress amid intensifying politics. As questions are raised regarding the future of Ghana governance, the new generation seeks to build pathways to peace. On November 26, in Kumasi, at the Golden Tulip hotel, local media research company Confluent Media will host the Voices For Peace event that reflects this growing concern for the internal stakes of Ghana as a member of the world community. The event also partners with IoTeedom smart cities technology, and Republic Underground News. 

Political analysts have stated that, for democracy to endure in Ghana, citizens need to engage. This has been determined across a span of surveys in the country of late. Foreign Policy cites Round 8 Survey, the 2019 Afrobarometer survey. The survey conducted by Voices For Peace follows in the same vein of agreeing thought. Ghana, to maintain peace and the current technological progress it enjoys, must directly engage its citizens. 

Think tanks devoted to Ghana engage in reversing the country’s negative foreign media image as an impoverished, underdeveloped country. Afrik21 recently shared a story regarding Ghana CleanApp Ghana. The application to improve solid waste management. The app was published by the Ghana Statistical Service. 

Ghana’s need for infrastructural overhaul grows as the nation’s debt ceiling soars to a four-year high. With struggling economic issues, the nation works to bypass the regional challenges it faces in business deals. Al-Monitor recorded such an instance where Ghana signed a memorandum of understanding with EgyptAir to open an independent airline for Ghana. The memorandum of understanding was signed in October 2020. 

Ghana likewise works to improve its internal healthcare with the help of the United States Embassy. On November 19, the U.S. government working through the United States Agency for International Developer (USAID) partnered with Ghana’s government to launch the National Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for risk communication and social mobilization during public health emergencies. 

“Since 2007, the U.S. government has supported Ghana to increase the capacity of Ghanaian institutions and partners to address high-risk behaviors associated with the six priority zoonotic diseases and other emerging threats, following the WHO’s International Health Regulations core capacity of risk communication. The partnership is coordinated by an intersectoral group from the government of Ghana, including Ghana Health Service, the Veterinary Services Directorate, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Environmental Protection Agency,” read the statement by the U.S. Embassy of Ghana, published on November 19. 

“The One Health Day event took place in Boadi, Ashanti Region and featured representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, USAID implementing partner Breakthrough ACTION, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Strengthening Global Resilience through One Health: A 2020 Vision for a Sustainable Future.”

As public health and economic incentives increase, Ghana prevents political tensions from developing into civil unrest issues. Ghana witnesses a current political intensification surrounding its election cycle. With the death of former Ghana President Jerry John Rawlings in November, Ghana saw a complicated political legacy overshadow the pending elections. Ghana saw Rawling’s wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, rise as a candidate for the political race, despite calls for her withdrawal, see the BBC Pidgin. As the election process proceeds, the nation sees a contest between those factions who would like to self-govern and those who wish to remain loyal to the current government. 

See the Voices For Peace event, featuring our Republic Underground panelist. The event takes place in Kumasi and virtually on November 26.