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Knowledge and capacity development in Ghana

Kenya on globe Kenya* I The minerals sector is an important industry in Ghana. Ghana was previously known as the "Gold Coast", as a considerable proportion of the country's revenues came from gold mining. Today minerals account for about 38 per cent of Ghana's exports. In 2005, GEUS won two international tendering rounds for projects to support the mining sector in Ghana.

The first project is to develop the capacity of the Geological Survey Department of Ghana (GSD); a key institution in the minerals sector. Over the next two-and-a-half years GEUS is to help build up knowledge, tools and facilities so that the institution is better able to carry out the tasks linked to exploitation of mineral resources in Ghana as well as other geological tasks. The work will include assessing the current organisation of the institution in relation to the requirements placed on the institution and training of geologists in geological mapping and a number of key geological disciplines such as geochemistry, petrology, sedimentology, palaeontology and stratigraphy. GEUS will also help with operating laboratory facilities and developing digital databases and GIS tools as well as production of high-quality geological maps and reports.

The second project is to assist in developing knowledge about the geophysical conditions in Ghana. Work involves quality control of geophysical data from the Volta basin which is to be part of a longer evaluation of the basin's economic potential. Up to 2008, GEUS will ensure the quality of the aeromagnetic, radiometric and electromagnetic data, collected by the geophysics firm Furgro Airborne Geophysics, and in collaboration with the Danish Space Center carry out similar work for gravity data. The work will also include teaching employees about GSD in quality assurance of geophysical data and about the underlying theories.

The projects are being financed by the Mining Sector Support Programme (MSSP), and they are part of a larger European EU package of support projects for Ghana from the European Development Fund.

From 2001 to 2003, GEUS was active in Ghana on a similar capacity building project, funded by the Nordic Development Fund, and the new projects will build on previous experience in capacity building at the GSD.

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Read and/or download the article on previous work by GEUS in Ghana:
Co-operation with the Geological Survey Department of Ghana.
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin 4, 93-96 (2004)

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