Decentralized Budget Support Ghana, Phase II

The decentralized budget support program supports the Government of Ghana's decentralization reforms. It helps enabling districts to better manage public finances and deliver services efficiently and effectively. It also aims at increasing the sustainability and reliability of financial resources available for local service delivery.

Land/Region Periode Budget
01.06.2019 - 31.12.2023
CHF  23’000’000

Despite falling poverty rates and economic progress Ghana’s economic development has not resulted in equal opportunities for everyone and growth was not inclusive enough. Spatial disparities and income inequalities have been rising, in particular between the rural North and the more urbanized South, but also between rich and poor areas within urban centers.

Fiscal imbalances accross districts and missing financial resources exacerbate spatial disparities.

Decentralization plays an important role in improving the allocative and productive efficiency of public service delivery and can have a positive redistributive effect on income equality.


Improved local service delivery contributes to inclusive economic development.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Districts enabled to manage public finances and deliver services efficiently and effectively.

Funding for local service delivery sustainably and reliably increased through appropriate incentives.


Erwartete Resultate:  

Performance and compliance of districts with the legal and regulatory framework incentivized and improved, and accountability strengthened.

Managerial and technical capacities of disctricts across the entire budget cycle enhanced.

Additional financial resources for service delivery mobilized.

Conducive framework for fiscal decentralization strengthened.

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

Under the previous program, incentivized changes in the functional performance of districts have led to gradual improvement in the management of local government authorities- transparency and accountability- planning- human resource management- financial management and auditing- fiscal capacity- and procurement. Poorer districts on average performed better than wealthier ones, thus receiving a greater share of financial resources.

Access to basic services increased due to investments in small-scale infrastructure projects. Provision of educational, health and sanitation facilities with project funds has improved access to basic services and infrastructure of districts. Districts contributed to local economic development through investments in market framework conditions. 92% of all projects have been completed.

Improvement in planning and budgeting for capacity development. Use of country systems, with risks actively managed, was cost-effective and improved local government planning.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt SECO
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    23’000’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    0 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF    18’050’000
Projektphasen Phase 8 01.06.2019 - 31.12.2023   (Laufende Phase) Phase 7 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2021   (Active) Phase 6 01.01.2013 - 30.12.2017   (Active)