Ghana's young and growing population offers challenges but also opportunities that will shape Ghana's development into the future, including efforts on climate change adaptation, resilience-building, and risk management. Among the key challenges are gaps in climate awareness and education, technical expertise, finance and support, and the enabling environment, including a high rate of youth unemployment.
Youth in Ghana have the potential to engage across all levels and become changemakers, innovators, entrepreneurs, communicators, and decision-makers. If given the space and the capacities, they can organize or implement awareness and education campaigns, training programmes, workshops, research, community-level projects, advocacy, social media outreach, community sensitization, engagement with local leaders, and other related activities.
The inclusion of youth into climate processes is crucial to achieving resilience and sustainable development. To enhance youth engagement in climate action, address capacity gaps, and identify entry points for scaled-up youth participation, SLYCAN Trust and SYND Ghana are developing a youth engagement strategy for climate action. As part of this process, a survey was conducted among youth and youth groups working on climate change in Ghana - findings from this survey as well as desk research are outlined within this information note.