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Overview of Youth Development in Ghana

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Format: Book- Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781849291972
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Author: Commonwealth Secretariat
Publication Date: 14-Apr-2021
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Number of Pages: 202

Description: Over the past two decades, Ghana has improved its social, economic and political structures and reduced inequalities across its population. Nevertheless, a variety of socio-economic issues still have a particular impact on the youth demographic, including underemployment, a lack of access to quality education, poverty, crime, migration and low civic participation. As the majority of Ghana’s population is under the age of 25, improvements for this demographic have the potential to facilitate a more sustainable and resilient society long-term. This book presents pragmatic policy- and programme-related recommendations for how Ghana can move forward, mainstreaming youth issues in its development strategies. For each socio-economic issue, it provides a baseline evaluation that can inform revisions of current policies as well as support the creation of new policies to ensure future success in youth development.

Table of Contents: Foreword by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Ghana Statement by the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority, Ghana Acknowledgements List of Figures List of Tables List of Boxes Abbreviations and Acronyms Summary 1. Introduction 1.1 Youth development and the evolving prioritisation of youth in policy and action 1.2 Youth leadership and engagement in development 1.3 Rationale and purpose 1.4 Theoretical framework: Positive Youth Development and capabilities 1.5 Approach to the report 1.6 Structure of the report 1.7 Ghanaian youth demographic profile 2. Youth and Vulnerabilities 2.1 Social protection strategy 2.2 Key vulnerabilities 2.3 Summary points 2.4 Recommendations 3. Education and Skills Training 3.1 A vision for Ghana’s education growth 3.2 Centralising and democratising education policy in the early 2000s 3.3 Current policies addressing educational access and quality in Ghana: The Education Strategic Plan 3.4 Looking forward to the Sustainable Development Goals (2020–2030) 3.5 Summary points 3.6 Recommendations 4. Information and Communication Technology 4.1 ICT and youth development in Ghana 4.2 Gender 4.3 Summary points 4.4 Recommendations 5. Health and Well-Being 5.1 HIV/AIDS 5.2 Sexual and reproductive health 5.3 Mental health 5.4 Substance use 5.5 Other non-communicable diseases and disability 5.6 Nutrition 5.7 Summary points 5.8 Recommendations 6. Sports and Recreation 6.1 Positive Youth Development and sports 6.2 Football 6.3 Current policy initiatives in sports and recreation 6.4 Gender and sports 6.5 Summary points 6.6 Recommendations 7. Economic Labour Force Participation and Skills Development 7.1 The current state of Ghana’s youth labour market 7.2 Expanding on the determinants of employability: Literacy, location and gender 7.3 Youth employment instability 7.4 Review of Ghana’s existing labour market 7.5 Employment and the informal sector 7.6 Climate change and the green job market 7.7 Youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy 7.8 Laying the foundations for SDG 8 7.9 A review of existing youth-related employment policies and programmes 7.10 Youth and agriculture 7.11 Summary points 7.12 Recommendations 8. Financial inclusion 8.1 Importance of financial inclusion among youth 8.2 Challenges to financial inclusion 8.3 Opportunities for financial inclusion 8.4 Summary points 8.5 Recommendations 9. Active Citizenship and Participation in Democratic Governance 9.1 Mechanisms, processes and structures for youth participation in governance 9.2 Policies supporting youth civic engagement 9.3 Youth participation in governance and challenges 9.4 Summary points 9.5 Recommendations 10. Youth and Crime 10.1 Defining youth crime 10.2 Juvenile justice legislation in Ghana 10.3 Factors influencing youth crime 10.4 Access to legal representation 10.5 Robbery 10.6 Criminal justice process 10.7 Life for juveniles after prison 10.8 Summary points 10.9 Recommendations 11. Youth, Conflict and Peace-Building 11.1 Conflict in Ghana 11.2 Defining youth violence 11.3 Sites of violence 11.4 Factors contributing to youth involvement in conflict 11.5 The cost of violence 11.6 The role of youth in peace-building 11.7 Summary points 11.8 Recommendations 12. Youth Volunteerism 12.1 Volunteerism in the context of sustainable development 12.2 Volunteerism among Ghanaian youth 12.3 Summary points 12.4 Recommendations 13. Culture, Religion, Life Skills and Tourism 13.1 Youth and religion 13.2 Culture 13.3 Human rights violations and indigenous practices 13.4 Youth and tourism development 13.5 Summary points 13.6 Recommendations 14. Youth and Environmental Sustainability in Ghana 14.1 Mining and deforestation 14.2 Agriculture 14.3 Oil 14.4 Green alternatives 14.5 Blue growth 14.6 Electronic waste 14.7 Policy gaps 14.8 Summary points 14.9 Recommendations 15. Youth and Disability 15.1 Persons with Disabilities Act 2006 15.2 Ghanaian youth and disability 15.3 Summary points 15.4 Recommendations 16. Youth Migration and Mobility 16.1 Ghanaian migration policies 16.2 Youth migration 16.3 Main factors related to migration 16.4 Immigration to Ghana 16.5 Impact of migration 16.6 Diaspora 16.7 Return migration 16.8 Summary points 16.9 Recommendations 17. Moving Forward: Getting Youth Policy Right in Ghana 17.1 Youth policies that fail young people 17.2 Understanding youth policy priorities in relation to country context 17.3 Getting youth policy right 17.4 Conclusion Annex 1. UN Resolutions on Youth Annex 2. Ghana Youth Development Scorecard: Adaptive Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation Annex 3. Institutions and Numbers of People Interviewed

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