Circular Economy Action Plan and Roadmap in Ghana

How can Ghana successfully transition to a circular economy?

Ghana is considered one of the leading start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystems and circular economy initiatives are rapidly on the rise. Ghana has generally led the implementation of policy instruments that support greener economic development across Africa and these policies will enable the proliferation of the circular economy in Ghana. Ghana recently joined the Global Plastic Alliance Partnership as the first African country and the National Plastic Alliance Partnership (NPAP) is developing a circular plastics strategy for Ghana. The country also joined the African Circular Economy Alliance which is supported by the African Development Bank to disseminate best practice in circular economy policy across Africa.

However, awareness of the circular economy is still nascent with more emphasis on the recycling pillar of the circular economy. All the current initiatives are taking place in isolation and lacking a holistic framework that could unlock synergies to harness the transformational capacity of the circular economy. The development of a Circular Economy Action Plan and a Roadmap is an opportunity to drive a holistic policy intervention that could unlock further opportunities for transformation across various sectors especially waste, agriculture, manufacturing, extractive industry and tourism, while providing a critical framework that will accelerate Ghana’s sustainable economic and social development.

This project aims to support the government of Ghana in their ambition to become a more circular economy in the elaboration of a Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and a Roadmap to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy.

The project will include:

  • a review and synthesis of strategic documents from the Government of Ghana related to strategic development and circular economy;
  • the identification of the main sectors to be covered by the Ghana Circular Economy Action Plan and a SWOT analysis of these sectors;
  • the identification of the main actors within the sectors and make recommendations of activities and support for each actor within the value chain;
  • the preparation of the Circular Economy Action Plan; and
  • the preparation of the Circular Economy Roadmap.

AETS will represent the Consortium for the project. The project will be led by Trinomics in collaboration with ACEN Foundation and Footprints Africa.