World Bank to provide $200 million for Ghana Digital Acceleration Project
On 28 April 2022, the World Bank approved $200 million to help the government of Ghana catalyse its digital transformation under the Ghana Digital Acceleration Project (GDAP).
According to the press release, the areas of focus for improvement include broadband access, including in rural areas, government digital services and private sector digital innovation.
“Expanding digital access and adoption, enhancing digital public service delivery, and promoting digitally-enabled innovation is essential for Ghana’s digital transformation, which will help drive a robust post-COVID-19 recovery.” Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The Ghana Digital Acceleration Project will provide mobile internet access to an additional 6 million Ghanaians, mainly in rural areas, and promote the digital inclusion of women and people with disabilities (World Bank).
“Digital technologies continue to transform societies, but many women and girls, especially in developing countries, remain locked out of the digital revolution due to social, cultural and institutional barriers.” African Development Bank
Indeed, if properly implemented, this project will improve the delivery of government services and strengthen the fight against corruption.
“The digitisation of government services will also result in significant cost savings due to decreased travel and processing time to obtain services and transaction costs such as manual entry errors, fraud, and corruption.” Maria Claudia Pachon, Senior Digital Development Specialist of the World Bank and Task Leader of the project.
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