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Review of financial transfers and remittances mechanisms in Ghana (2019)

Under the ACP – EU Action, administered by IOM Ghana, and on behalf of the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the study entitled “Review of financial transfers and remittances mechanisms in Ghana” (2019) was carried out to develop concrete recommendations to harness remittances for development. The assessment explores how inward remittances can be leveraged for productive investment and financial inclusion. A key component of the report is a review of the regulatory framework that governs the international remittances market in Ghana, making recommendations for how it can be improved to enhance the operating environment for inward remittance transactions. The implementation of the recommendation will increase remittance-receiving households’ access to financial literacy, savings and education and affordable insurance programmes.

Present in Ghana for over 30 Years

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been active in Ghana since 1987 and is contributing to the Government of Ghana’s efforts to manage migration effectively. IOM works with its partners in Ghana to promote safe migration, meet the growing migration challenges, advance the understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold the human dignity and well-being of all migrants.

IOM Ghana continues to stand with the Government of Ghana to ensure the full implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) - in support of national development and to the benefit of Ghanaian migrants abroad and migrants in Ghana. The Global Compact builds on target 10.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in which Member States committed to cooperate internationally to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration.

IOM is an active member of the United Nations System in Ghana, and works within the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) 2018 – 2022, which presents the coherent vision and collective support of UN Agencies towards achieving Ghana’s development priorities.

The IOM main office, the Canadian Visa Application Centre and the Migration Health Assessment Centre are all located in Accra.

Population (2019 prospects):30,417,858
Area:238,500 km sq
Languages :English; Recognised national languages
Currency:Ghanaian Cedi (GHS)
GDP per Capita PPP (2018):USD 4,746.7
HDI Rank (2018):142 of 188
Remittances (2018 estimate):USD 3,536 million
Net Migration Rate (2015-2020):-0.7 migrants/1,000 population
Immigrants (2019):1.5%
Women as a Percentage of Immigrants (2019):46.6%
Population under 15 (2019):37.8%
Adult HIV Prevalence (2014):1.7%

Mailing address:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
P.O. Box 5222
Accra North

Visiting address:
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Hse. 10, Plot 48
Osu Badu Road/Broadway
Airport West

Tel: +233.302 742 930, +233.302 742 930
Fax: +233.302 742 931
Mobile: +233.244 315 129, +233.244 315 129, +233.244 315 143, +233.244 315 143
Email: iomaccra@iom.int

Canada Visa Application Center
Tel: +233.302 742 934, +233.302 742 934

Current Vacancies in IOM Ghana


Position Grade Closing Date

Nurse-Migration Health


06 November 2020

For Short-term (2-3 months) Positions


28 October 2020