Denmark Stands by as Ghana Moves Beyond Aid

| Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 4:45am



“This meeting is very, very important. We have been talking about a Ghana beyond aid for some time, but we need to be clearer on what it means.” that's according Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia when giving the keynote address at “Ghana Beyond Aid” conference in Accra on Wednesday.

The conference was a joint event drawing some 150 representatives of Ghana’s business community, ministries, embassies etc., and it was arranged by the Danish, Dutch and Norwegian embassies in Ghana, to share experiences and ideas to develop a joint vision about a future Ghana and roadmap to get there.

According to Dr. Bawumia, Ghana has the capacity to move away from over dependency on aid and handouts from developed economies if the right measures are instituted.

He indicated that it is time Africa as a whole took a cue from dwindling inflows from donor partners and find innovative ways to mobilise resources locally to develop the continent.

The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tove Degnbol, used the occasion to launch a new magazine “From Aid to Trade – The Ghanaian-Danish Partnership in Transition”.

The magazine chronicles Danish support to Ghana’s private sector over more than two decades and outlines perspectives for the future partnership.

“Ghana has come a long way, since it became a priority country for Danish development cooperation in 1989, and we are proud to have been part of this journey. But Ghana has now become a middle-income country and wants to move beyond aid. Thus, it is only natural that Danish aid shall be phased out after 2020. This does not mark the end, but a transition of the partnership, and this new partnership stands on a strong foundation,” the Danish ambassador said.

“I am happy to say that there is a big interest for Ghana of the Danish business sector. Next month Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will be coming to Ghana on a state visit, and no less than 38 Danish companies have registered for the business delegation joining the state visit. Among these are some of Danish biggest and world-famous companies.”

Special Danish fingerprints

She said the conference marked the launching of not only the 3-paged magazine, but also of 7 short films showing various aspects of Danish support to Ghana’s private sector, including areas where Danida has left a special fingerprint like skills development, rural finance, business advocacy and Ghanaian-Danish business partnerships.

The films and the magazine also come in Danish version to inform Danes and Danish companies about Danish experiences in Ghana.

The magazine and the films are available here: