Excerpt from the report:
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION
“Bridging the development gap between the North and the South” sounds like a well rehearsed refrain every politician in recent times is familiar with when Northern Ghana comes up in any discussion. Governments and policy makers after independence have identified Northern Ghana – the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions – as the poorest in the country. There is consensus on the urgent need to address this challenge, and every government has made promises to commit to this critical development issue. However, the difference between the promises and concrete achievements in this regard is as vast as the developmental gap between the north and the south of the country. But it appears there is a renewed effort aimed at alleviating the plight of Northern Ghana.
Since 2008, Government has made efforts to address the development gap between the North and South of Ghana. The 2007 floods served as catalyst and the urgent call to action to address the development question of Northern Ghana. Starting with the Northern Development Fund instituted by the erstwhile New Patrioric Party (NPP) Government to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) of the current NDC Government, concrete interventions have taken place in Northern Ghana and or the savannah areas.
In spite of these efforts for the past eight years, the verdict about progress being made in Northern Ghana remain speculative and sporadic. There is, therefore, the need for a systematic process of tracking the changes that are occurring in Northern Ghana as a result of policy and programme interventions.
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