USAID/Ghana is in the process of developing a new Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) that will cover fiscal years 2011-2015. The new strategy will focus on the same four development objectives (DO) as the current strategy: Economic Growth, Education, Democracy and Governance, and Health. The USAID/Ghana Mission anticipates substantially realigning program activities to address the USAID Forward strategy, as well as reprioritizing activities in line with the Government of Ghana’s (GoG) Medium-Term Development Strategy known as the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda. USAID/Ghana is also a participant in two Presidential Initiatives: Feed the Future (FTF) and Global Health Initiative (GHI) and has been selected as one of four countries world-wide to be involved in the new ?Partnership for Growth.

USAID/Ghana requested this gender assessment as part of its new strategy development process. The mission is aware that gender relations and roles affect the allocation, use, and control over community and national resources. When these roles are unequal and hierarchical they prevent achievement of development that is equitable and just (rights-based). Development policies, programs, and institutions often create inequities for both men and women. This assessment provides information to assist USAID/Ghana develop it new Country Development Cooperation Strategy to address the different needs and interests of men and women (boys and girls), reduce constraints to their engagement in and benefit from development interventions.

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