On 25 March 2011, the Republic of Ghana joined the SUN Movement with a letter of commitment from the Minister of Health. At the time, Ghana had established a multi-stakeholder platform, the Cross-Sectoral Planning Group (CSPG), under the National Development Planning Commission. At the policy level, the Ghana National Nutrition Policy was in draft form and through the CSPG, Ghana was working to establish a baseline and identify trends in nutrition financing.

Strategic Processes for Scaling Up Nutrition

The Cross Sectoral Planning Group (CSPG), a well structured multi-sectoral platform (MSP), is in place with support from six technical working groups, each with Terms of Reference. These groups include representation from key government, United Nations (UN), civil society organisation (CSO), academia, business and donor networks.

The Business Network is not yet fully operational, however, the private sector continues to be engaged by different stakeholders in their programmes. There is on-going work by the CPSG to engage parliamentarians. Government agencies, in collaboration with a number of UN organisations, development partners and CSOs are engaging more directly with regional and district level players in Ghana’s three Northern regions.

New members, particularly from nutrition-sensitive government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have played a more active role in CSPGs activities over the last year.

Opportunities are available to strengthen communication between members of the CSPG and the six technical working groups. CSPG is in the process of strengthening coordination with a number of measures and has developed and shared a roadmap as a basis for aligning actions.

The capacity building working group of the CSPG has initiated the development of a capacity building plan. The plan will take into consideration, various capacity assessments undertaken in the nutrition sector, including a landscape analysis on “Country Readiness to Accelerate the Reduction of Maternal and Child Under-nutrition” by WHO, a functional assessment by UNREACH among others, and capacity building objectives in sector and district nutrition scale-up plans.

The CSO platform has regular intra-network meetings with as many as 140 Non-Governmental Organisations who are committed to scaling up nutrition. The CSOs have also documented the nutrition governance coordination mechanism in Ghana.

Media advocacy is very strong with regular programming on radio, television and mobile phones. CSOs have also begun engaging parliamentarians to raise the importance of nutrition.

Last updated: October 2015

Some sectors have completed their plans and are awaiting full consolidation. Others are also being assisted to align their plans to the NNP. Ghana continues to build inter-sector dialogues on nutrition including nutrition-education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)-nutrition and nutrition-social protection.
A draft common results framework (CRF) is in place, whilst the development of an M&E plan has been initiated. CSOs are in the process of aligning to the national nutrition scale up plan. The UN has provided technical and financial support to the multi-sector nutrition planning process at national and sub-national levels and for key nutrition relevant sectors, such as, Health, Agriculture, Social Protection, WASH, and Education.

Last updated: October 2015

Ghana has begun developing an expenditure tracking system. A draft framework (tracking system) still needs to be populated. The planning and costing process is on-going.

The on-going budget tracking exercise, planning and costing processes and development of the funding scenarios are all part of government efforts towards resource mobilisation. This includes assessing the financial requirements needed to scale up, advocate for and mobilise the necessary resources as well as to track the allocations and expenditures made for nutrition-related programmes. Ghana is also developing a resource mobilisation strategy to secure sustainable funding for the national nutrition scale up plan. The process of tagging nutrition sensitive programmes within the country’s financial system is on-going. This will complement the Appropriation Act which seeks to ensure continued Government multi-year funding for nutrition.

The UN system continues to play a technical and financial role in supporting government through the UNDAF. CSO’s also play a supportive role in lobbying parliamentarians to provide more funding to nutrition.

Last updated: October 2015

Key Figures

Under Five Stunting 18.8%
Low Birth Weight 10.0%
0-5 Months Exclusive Breastfeeding 52.3%
Under Five Wasting 4.7%
Under Five Overweight 2.6%
Woman Anaemia 15-49 years 56.4%

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"As we scale up nutrition actions with emphasis on the first 1000 days window of opportunity, let us rise with the SUN and unite to end hunger and malnutrition."

Dr. Emestina Naadu Mills, First Lady of Ghana (December 2011)

SUN Government Focal Point

  • Agyeman Badu Akosa
  • Profressor
  • National Development and Planning Commission (under the Vice President's office)

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