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Quaiqu Ananse
5th October 2011, 09:37 PM
USAID commits an additional $127 million to support development in Ghana

The United States of America, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed $127 million for the next 12 months to aid Ghana’s development

It is part of a continuing partnership with Ghana to achieve shared objectives in democracy and governance, education, health and economic growth.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Department of United States Embassy in Accra on Tuesday said USAID and the Government represented by Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP), agreed in 2003 to work together on four objectives deemed essential to Ghana’s development.

They are to increase employment opportunities and income levels for poor Ghanaians; improve delivery of health service at the community, district, and regional levels and increase the percentage of children completing basic education with improved quality of instruction.

The other is strengthening the capacity of Ghana’s local governance institutions to plan for development, increase revenue, seek input and respond to citizens needs concerning the delivery of services.

The statement said out of the $127 million in new funding, $47 million was committed to increase agricultural production, employment opportunities and income levels for poor Ghanaians.

About $4.6 million of the amount would be used to support Ghana’s Education Strategic Plan, $4.9 million to strengthen Ghana’s local governance institutions, and $70.5 million to improve the delivery of health services for HIV and AIDS, Malaria, Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Water Supply and Sanitation, Nutrition and Higher Education.

“USAID’s commitment of an additional $127 million in development support for Ghana is taken in close consultation with the Government,” said Cheryl Anderson, Mission Director of USAID, Ghana.

“It reflects the United States’ strong support for the policies and plans Ghana has put in place to improve health and education services for its citizens and our shared objective to generate prosperity and security for both Ghanaians and Americans.”

The addition of the $127 million brings USAID’s total contribution to Ghana’s development to $656.5 million since 2003.

Source: http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&news_cat_id=2&id=153726