Ghana GCF Readiness Programme

Seagoing fishing canoes hauled out on shore, Ghana. Credit: Frans Lanting

Country Background 

Ghana, like many countries in Africa, is vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns because of the dependence of much of the population on agriculture, particularly rain-fed agriculture. Rising sea-levels could impact urban coastal communities, and forecasted droughts endanger the country’s hydro-power supply.  Extreme weather events, such as flooding, have damaged infrastructure.  Ghana has taken adaptation action, through its Climate Change Adaptation Strategy which prioritizes developing climate-resilient agriculture and food security systems; building climate-resilient infrastructure; and increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate-related risks.

Ghana also strives to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to foster economic growth.    Mitigation projects include increasing renewable energy (solar and biogas), and forest protection and reforestation.  Mitigation has also been mainstreamed into key sector plans, such as the Energy Policy, Transport Policy, and Forest and Wildlife Policy. 

Overview of the National Readiness Plan

The GCF Readiness Programme will support the Government of Ghana to achieve the following outputs in its national readiness plan :

  • Strengthened institutional and fiduciary capacity to enable national institutions to directly access the Green Climate Fund
  • Enhanced national coordination to manage and deliver climate finance  
  • Development of a system for identifying, prioritizing, and developing bankable climate change projects
  • Leveraging of private sector resources to scale up climate change solutions through market based and inclusive value chain business models

In implementing these activities, the Programme works closely with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Finance, as well as other public and private sector stakeholders.