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  • 2017 Pre COP Climate Festival
  • Trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training
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The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana has organized the 2017 Pre-CoP Climate Festival on the theme: “The Risks We do not Want”. The festival was convened by the Cities and Climate Change Project at RIPS in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), National Disaster Management Organisation, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada; on October 24, 2017 at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) in Accra.

The high level event was well attended by a total of two hundred and twenty five (225) participants of which, 54 were females and 171 males. Participants represented Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS), District Assemblies, international and local NGOs, faith based organizations, social enterprises as well as students from second cycle institutions within Accra.

The Festival brought together stakeholders and resource persons to discuss technical issues related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and financing. The three plenary sessions discussed the following critical areas of climatic concern:

•    Priority Issues of the UNFCCC for African Negotiators focusing on The State of UNFCCC Negotiations and Africa’s Stake Loss and Damage in the History of Climate Change Negotiations

•    Integrated Climate Risk Management and Ghana’s Accession to the African Risk Capacity; with focus on Drought risks through Climate Change in the Savannah and Coastal Savannah zones in Ghana; Integrated Climate Risk Management and Transfer; The Costs and Benefits of Sovereign Drought Insurance in Ghana; Ghana Approaching the African Risk Capacity;

•    Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCS) and Implementing Mechanisms; had panellists discuss on Perspectives on Implementing Adaptation and Mitigation Priorities in the Agricultural Sector; and the relevance of Ghana’s NDCs to the national long term planning processes.

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You are cordially invited to the last RIPS seminar for the year. We are pleased to end the Seminar Series with a presentation by Dr Adjaye-Gbewonyo, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action (IMMANA) program, who has been hosted at RIPS for the past year.

Date:    Monday, December 11th, 2017
Time:   1PM
Venue: RIPS Lecture Room

Speaker: Dr. Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Action (IMMANA)

Topic: Agricultural policies and child nutrition in low- & middle-income countries: An exploratory analysis

Chairperson: Dr. Naa Dodua Dodoo, Lecturer, RIPS, University of Ghana

Biography of Speaker


The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana has organized the final five-day residential training workshop to build capacity in data collection, analysis and reporting for development, for selected staff of twenty different Ministries in Ghana. The training came off from August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017 at the Capital View Hotel, Koforidua.

Training participants were Directors, Deputy Directors, Research Officers, Commercial Officers, Development Planning Officers a and Communication Specialists drawn mainly from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Work and Housing, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ministry of Business Development and The Local Government Service.

Knowledge imparted to trainees include the civil registration process; how to use the STATA software to analyze and assess vital statistics and; data use and dissemination. The training forms part of the Multinational Statistical Capacity Building Program for Managing for Development Results, Phase 4.2 Grant, awarded RIPS by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Teaching and Research Areas

These specialised areas help the Institute to attend to the growing and changing demands in the world of population. With these specialised areas, the Institute has expanded its teaching and research programmes to cover the following:

Population and family health issues
Population, education and development
Population and social development
Population and environment issues
Population, health policy and Administration
Population and communicable diseases
Population and non-communicable diseases
Nuptiality and population growth
Survey methods and statistical computations
Climate variability and implications for human health
Climate change, migration and livelihood
Population, climate change and food security

The purpose of having the expanded teaching and programmes is to make the Institute more attractive to prospective applicants. The objective is not to duplicate programmes being run in other departments but to strengthen the population components (population growth, fertility, mortality, morbidity migration, nuptiality and household structure) as they interrelate with these disciplines.