Since 2012 the Social Division of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, University of Ghana has demonstrated consistency in producing its flagship evidence-based research and analysis document titled ‘Ghana Social Development Outlook’ (GSDO).


The maiden edition captured its essence as providing the much needed context relevant

and timely information and course material for teaching development related social issues in Ghana. It was produced at a time the United Nations was about to fashion out a post- 2015 development framework with global consultations instituted on 11 areas fundamental to social development. They were: inequalities, population dynamics, health, education, growth and employment, conflict and fragility, governance environment, sustainability, hunger, food and nutrition security, water and energy.

In Ghana and other countries, another dimension bordering on social issues came up for discussion and policy realignment. Social protection for the very poor and vulnerable was the answer and Ghana renamed its Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs as Ministry of Women, Children and Social Protection.