Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana) and Restless Development are excited to release the Report "The Ghana Youth Data Gap: Implications for Accountability in the Post-2015 Framework".
The report was developed in collaboration with Data Auditor Edem Kwami Senanu who investigated the availability of quality data on young people for the development of effective youth policies and programmes in Ghana. The report revealed critical gaps in youth data on specific thematic areas, such as Education, Health and Well-being, Employment and Economic Opportunities, Political and Civic Participation and Safety and Security.
Five key institutions were sampled in the research:
Secondary data was also collected from other institutions such as the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS). In addition, we collected primary data from forty-five youth-focused organisations.
Findings from our research indicated that in Ghana over half of public sector ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, are not in possession of comprehensive data sets on youth. Altogether the country has insufficient data covering key indicators on youth development, such as Education (only 50% data available), Health and Well-being (45%), Employment and Economic Opportunity (67%), Political and Civic Participation (12.5%) and Youth Safety and Security (0%). According to the 2010 Population & Housing Census Report, young people between the ages of 15 and 35 form 33.8% of Ghana’s population and therefore gathering data on them it is key to measure progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Report therefore highlights the importance of disaggregating data to grassroots level, update youth data sets every five years and improving data accessibility by reducing cost, language and time constraints.
The Report was disseminatedby YES-Ghana and Restless Development in a workshop, which brought together fifty representatives from public institutions, government agencies, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, foundations, civil society and youth-focused organisations to discuss findings from the Youth Data Audit Report and the importance of y
outh data in the context of the new set of development goals.
Restless Development and YES-Ghana took the opportunity to discuss how the new Big Idea initiative will address the youth data gap in Ghana and contribute to the generation and curation of youth data for the SDGs. Pauline Watine, Project Manager for the Big Idea in Ghana, explained that the project will empower networks of young people across the country to work with local institutions to collect, interpret and disseminate data and use it to inform the development of effective policies and implementation plans addressing issues that matter to young people and their communities.