Ghana Information Development Portal launched as part of Sustainable Rural Livelihood Project

Ghana on Thursday initiated a development information portal, ”“, to shore up efforts to access and share local relevant development information.  The Ghana Information Development Portal (GDIP) platform would serve as a one-stop online shop for accessing locally relevant development content to improve knowledge management and information access to ensure the availability of information as a key development resource.

The GDIP, which was a programme developed under the Sustainable Rural Livelihood Project (SRLP) was currently linked to the Government of Ghana Portal, and the interface managed by the National Information Services Department (ISD) under the Ministry of Information would also support better  coordination and harmonization of development activities nationwide.

At the media launch of the product in Accra, Mr Ernest Attu Quaye Armah, Deputy Minister of Communication, said the content of the portal was expected to feed into Community Information Centres established by the Ministry of Communications across the length and breadth of the country.

He further explained that the GDIP would use mobile phone applications such as SMS to provide information to citizens who had no access to laptops, desktop computers or related connectivity.  He said the Ministry recognized that the deployment and exploitation of ICTs could facilitate the sustainable rural livelihoods in deprived communities, adding “with Ghana enjoying a tremendous growth in the Telecommunication market coupled with the extensive investments in network rolled out across the country, I am informed that one of your products uses SMS platform for relaying information of foodstuffs on the GDIP”. Continue reading