Are Agenda 2030 (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 (AU) Reflected in The 2016 Manifestoes of The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC)?

A manifesto is an important instrument of communication and campaigning during the periods before and during elections. It is a published declaration of intentions, objectives, or opinions of an organisation or government to garner public support. Manifestoes are key to making informed choices at elections in Ghana. The public may not entirely read the document published by political parties because they are voluminous. However, Ghanaians are very much aware of the content of these documents through the speeches given and taglines used during political campaigns, rallies, tv debates and other media engagement. For example, the “one factory, one dam” policy was popularised during the 2016 New Patriotic Party (NPP) election campaign.

Multilateralism and globalisation have resulted in an interconnected world. Nation-states ratify and sign onto numerous agreements and conventions that consequently shape the way national or subnational policy documents are formulated. Particularly, political party manifestoes do not only consider national development plans when being formulated but also regional, continental and international plans. With the existence of global and continental goals, manifestoes are drafted to ensure that they fit in with overarching international and pan-African policy frameworks on sustainable development.

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