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This evaluation covered Canadian investments of $215 million over the 1999 to 2006 period. The evaluation found that CIDA's Program in Ghana made positive development contributions during the period under review. The Program addressed relevant needs, and achieved most of its expected results in its key sectors: governance, food security/agriculture and water. The portfolio's financial management was sound and the Program provided good "value for money." The Program demonstrated the ability to adapt and respond well to the evolving development context in Ghana, shifting to new approaches and aid modalities and evolving a project portfolio that includes general, sector and district budget support and traditional, Canadian-partner implemented projects. Canada demonstrated leadership among development partners in the increasingly harmonized and coordinated aid environment.
The above notwithstanding, challenges remain in areas such as mainstreaming equality between women and men and environmental considerations in the Program's governance portfolio. The sustainability of outcomes in the water and food security and agriculture sectors remains a challenge. Timeliness of delivery was an issue with some traditional bilateral projects due to delays with implementation start-up, problems with contractors, procurement issues or disbursement delays.
The successes and challenges highlight key opportunities for learning in a changing context, and will inform the next phase of the Ghana Program. The Evaluation offered six recommendations in areas such as results frameworks, program-based approaches, and sector strategies. They were accepted by the Program and are being addressed as outlined in the Management Response.
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