Why is Ghana underdeveloped, given its abundant natural & human resources?
Corruption: it is everywhere. Our people are confronted with it every day. They complain & Transparency International agrees: in their 2017 corruption perceptions index Ghana rated 81 out of 180 countries; its public sector scored 40 (bad) out of a possible 100 (clean).
Ghana Baako asserts that many Ghanaians feel excluded from economic & civil life, backward & lacking hope or pride.
Ghana Baako proposes that assurance of basic social entitlements – safety, clean water & food, clothing, accommodation, health care; education, employment, & infrastructure – will enable Ghanaians to take pride in the present, hope for continuous improvement & contribute to Ghana’s development.
Program: Ghana Baako intends to
- Identify & negotiate commitment of resources in public ownership, reserving them for use or allocation by the state, to enable assurance of basic social entitlements (above) to our whole Ghanaian society;
- Confront corruption with civic education throughout society: in schools, workplaces, media & communities;
- Develop social services & amenities, targeting our most vulnerable & deprived first;
- Diminish economic disparity by assurance of basic social entitlements to all residents; rural, regional & urban employment programs; & fair taxation applicable to all economic activities.
Ghana Baako will
- Mobilise our worldwide Ghanaian diaspora in support of its Program;
- Focus diaspora contributions – financial, intellectual & personal – upon its Program;
- Discourage youth from leaving Ghana;
- Encourage youth participation & fulfillment at home.
Ghana Baako intends that, within less than a (sacrificial) generation from now, Ghana will be free of endemic corruption; all its residents will know they can satisfy their basic needs & reasonable aspirations at home. Ghanaians will be proud of their identity. Our young will not flee; rather, they will be courted by the world for their confidence & competence. Ghana can be better.
What is Ghana Baako?
Ghana Baako is a non-government policy organisation; it is not a political party. Ghana Baako is developing policies to realise its vision & will work with national & regional governments to implement them.
Ghana Baako is not naïve; we recognise that change & development are political processes, that resistance from advantaged interest groups will be encountered, & that conflict over resources is inevitable. Ghana Baako will identify resources, confront corruption, implement a program of lifetime basic & aspirational entitlements, & provide inspiration to all residents.
Ghana Baako’s short-term goals are:
- to publicise its program;
- to recruit intellectual, moral & financial support among the Ghanaian diaspora, & progressive residents & institutions at home.
Ghana Baako’s medium term goals are:
- to identify & negotiate commitment of resources to our program;
- to develop & begin to deploy our civic education materials in cooperation with governments;
- to negotiate progressive implementation of our social entitlement & employment programs, beginning within the next national budget cycle, with commitment to full implementation within one generation (20 years);
- to negotiate commitment to our inspirational ‘smart-cities’ & like programs, with immediate commencement of at least one signature program within the next national or local government budget cycle.
Ghana Baako’s long term goals are:
- to minimise corruption at all levels of public life;
- to implement its lifetime program of basic & aspirational social entitlements for all residents;
- to diminish economic disparity among Ghanaians;
- to inspire young Ghanaians to fulfil their aspirations within Ghana.
Ghana Baako looks to Ghanaian residents for cooperation & belief. We look to Ghanaian young people to reengage with & commit to their communities.
Ghana Baako’s mission begins now. Development is urgent because Ghana’s presently young population will have completed its demographic transition to a stable number (nearly triple today’s) by the end of this century. At that point the population will be aging & development much more difficult to finance.[i]