Momentum and interest in philanthropy is growing in Ghana


Alliance magazine


Dr. Ben Ocra, Director of the Ghana Philanthropy Forum, discussed philanthropy trends in Ghana during an interview conducted by the Association of German Foundations. Ocra identified three ‘broad issues’ that will be at the forefront of Ghanaian philanthropy over the next 10 years: ‘Building knowledge and capacity on new trends in philanthropy… creating systems that will ensure sustainability… [and] a government policy framework that will strengthen the relationship between Ghana’s foundations, the philanthropy sector, and the government’.  

Ocra explains that in Ghana, philanthropy in its traditional form can be defined as ‘charitable giving by indigenous individuals or locals’. In the future, he expects that the sector can develop by maximizing transparency, accountability, and trust in funder-fundee relationships.

Regarding philanthropy’s role in the future, Ocra comments, ‘Philanthropy should complement government actions in bringing development to its citizens. It must be seen as playing an integrated role in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Philanthropy can also help solve the mounting unemployment situation by encouraging social entrepreneurship, supported by venture philanthropy.’

Ocra continues by identifying that philanthropy in Ghana will have a national focus in the future, rather than regional or global. ‘Ghana’s philanthropy will be nationally focused as it is emerging now, facing a reduction in external funding. It has not matured to the extent that it can impact the region or the continent. Ghana’s philanthropy is on the verge of discovering indigenous high net worth individuals who can make impactful donations to charity.’

Read the full interview here.

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