CDD and Local Economic Development (LED)



Created Dec 07 2022, 5:55 AM by Anastasiia Krasilnikova



Co-hosted by the World Bank’s Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SSI) Global Practice; Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD); National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Northern Development Authority, and World Bank’s Community and Local Development Global Solutions Group (CLD GSG)  

Session 1: How Can We Promote a Coordinated Development Approach in Northern Ghana? 

December 15, 2022 

2 pm -3:30 pm (Ghana time) | 9 am – 10:30 am (Washington DC time) 

he limited economic and employment opportunities for youth, incidence of inter-community tensions, and structural fragilities, resulting from food insecurity and climate change, poses an increasing security challenge for the northern parts of the Gulf of Guinea countries exposed to threats of southward transmission of the rapidly escalating Sahel conflict. A response to such borderless threats calls for “thinking regionally and acting locally”—regionally coordinated solutions that effectively respond to local needs.  

The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) with the support of the World Bank recently designed and launched the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project. This is a US$150 million financing for Ghana out of the total $450 million financing from World Bank International Development Association to four countries (Ghana, Togo, Benin, and CIV).  The SOCO project is an important program aimed at proactively preventing the spread of conflict from the Sahel, reducing vulnerability to climate change, and strengthen local institutions, economic opportunities, and public trust in 48 districts across six (6) regions in the northern part of Ghana.  

Various Development Partners have expressed interest to collaborate with the SOCO Project to support a coordinated development approach in North of Ghana to maximize the finance for development and to create large scale transformative impacts in the 48 beneficiary districts. 

Opening Remarks: 

 Pierre Laporte, Country Director, World Bank, Ghana CMU    

Session Moderator: 

 Dr Sulemana Abdulai, Board Chair, Northern Development Authority (NDA)  


  • Ashutosh Raina, TTL Ghana SOCO Project, World Bank  

  • George Aidoo, Project Coordinator, Ghana SOCO Project, MLGDRD  

Fireside Chat                   

  • Samuel Seth Passah, Director, Local Governance and Decentralisation, MLGDRD 

  • Dr Hypolyte Pul, Board Member, NDA  

  • Dalia Haj-Omar, Deputy Country Representative, USAID 

  • Angeline Nguedjeu, Peace and Development Advisor, United Nations 

  • Anna Mukiibi-Bunnya, Deputy Country Director, World Food Program 

  • Kofi Ofori Amanfo, International Organization of Migration (IOM) 

Closing Remarks:  

Marian W. A. Kpakpah, Chief Director, MLGDRD