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‘In 10 years’ time, Ghana may not require any aid at all’

 Ghana is one of Africa’s great successes – a stable and thriving country that is testament to the impact of aid. As pressure on these budgets grows, Observer editor John Mulholland travels to the country to assess its progress.

Fatahiya Yakubu, a nurse at Kpasenkpe clinic in northern Ghana: 'If this place got help, things would go very well and our dreams would be met.' Photograph: Adrian Steirn

 

Early last Sunday morning on a plane ride from the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to the northern town of Tamale, Jeffrey Sachs – director of the Earth Institute research group, economist at Columbia University and international development expert – is explaining what happens when you move from the south of the country towards the north.