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) http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/about-ghana/regions/volta.
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 www.inasp.info/en/work/vakayiko/, 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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org