Monday, February 1, 2016

Policy Dialogue: An interview with Felix Adom Boateng, Ghana

An interview with Felix Adom Boateng, Development Planning Practitioner, Regional 
Coordinating Council (Ho, Ghana)
Volta Region is one of Ghana's ten administrative regions. It is to the east of Lake Volta. Its 

capital is Ho. The Volta region of Ghana, lies to the east of the Volta lake. The region covers an area 
of 20,570 square kilometres representing 8.6% of Ghana. Between latitudes 5° 45’N and 8°45’N.  
Between the Volta Lake by the west and east by the Republic of Togo and south by the Atlantic Ocean.  
20,570 sq. kilometers i.e. 8.6% of the total area of Ghana.  The Region spans all the vegetational zones 
of  the country stretching from the Atlantic coast in the south to the north.
The region’s population in 2000 was 1,635,421. This implies, an increase of 35.0 per cent over the 1984 

count 1,211,907, giving an annual growth rate of 1.9 per cent. The intercensal growth rate shows little 
change from 2.0 per cent in 1970, 1.8 per cent in 1984 and 1.9 per cent in 2000. The population density 
of the region increased from 59 persons per square kilometre in 1984 to 79.5 persons in 2000.
Felix talks about the roles that Regional Coordinating Council plays to ensure good development programmes, 

the kind of evidence consumed for planning purposes and why he will recommend the course on evidence-informed 
policy to Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs).
The VakaYiko Consortium, a three year project working in Ghana, South 

Africa and Zimbabwe to build the capacity of policy makers to access, evaluate and use evidence in policy-making. 
This interview was filmed during the policy dialogue workshop held in Ho, Volta Region of Ghana on 3rd 
November 2015. Editing by Joseph --

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