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05-Dec-2016
SADA Districts’ Investment Opportunities
The main purpose of these Investment Guides is to showcase the immense potentials that these districts offer for boosting Ghana’s economic growth and transformation if supported with the commensurate share of public and private investments and supportive policies.
05-Dec-2016
SADA Annual Report 2014
Annual Report for SADA 2014
27-Jan-2017
What next?
Until recently, the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) was an infamous spectacle of how bad management. Since late 2015, the authority has been busily preparing the various aspects of its master plans – the agricultural master plan,
27-Jan-2017
The SADA master plan
Under the plan SADA intends to develop the following key urban centres in the region to serve as the hub for regional and district level commercial, community facilities and administration: By Maxwell Akalaare Adombila
17-Feb-2017
Buidling cities and changing lives
Regional Planning (NSEZ) City Planning for Tamale & Buipe Urban Design for Tamale/Buipe core
27-Feb-2017
SADA Annual report, 2015
Towards the end of 2014, the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority begun to have a positive outlook following the reconstitution of the Board and the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
02-Mar-2017
Political Party Commitment
Political parties in 2016 general elections affirm commitment to SADA master plan & transformation of Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ)
02-Mar-2017
Agric led economic transformation
Toward inclusive agriculture led economic transformation of the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana (NSEZ)
02-Mar-2017
Newsletter 2016: Edition 1
The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) in conjunction with the Regional Education Directorate organized a two‐day Education forum on 28th‐29th June 2016. The Forum was convened with the aim to discuss ways to reverse the consistent decline in the standard of education in the region particularly at the BECE level.
20-Mar-2017
Singapore Capacity Building trip report
The Singapore exposure trip, forms part of a larger effort to understudy top notch destinations and also build strategic alliances towards the implementation of the plan.
13-Apr-2017
SADA Districts’ Agribusiness Investment Opportunities
The Northern Savannah Ecological Zone , defined as the area north of the 8th parallel, constituting the regions of Northern, Upper East, Upper West and some parts of Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, is Ghana’s “breadbasket”. The Zone is the principal source of most of the nation’s rice, soy beans, maize, millet, sorghum, yam, tomatoes, cattle, sheep, goats and cotton to Ghana’s largest markets in the South, to Kumasi the capital of the Ashanti region, and to Accra, Ghana’s capital. Additionally there is significant trade between Ghana and its immediate neighbors Burkina Faso to its North, Togo to its East, Côte d’Ivoire to its West and other West African countries.
22-May-2017
THE CHINA-GHANA FOR SADA COOPERATION FRAMEWORK
The “China‐Ghana for SADA” cooperate on captures the spirit of “China‐Africa Progressing together for win‐win and shared development”. This principle is highly relevant for the Savannah Zone of Ghana, which is made up of more than 54% of the surface area of Ghana, comprising the Upper East Region, the Upper West Region, the Northern Region and the northern parts of the Brong Ahafo and Volta Regions.
05-Jun-2017
Tamale Structure Plan Transportation
Tamale Structure Plan Transportation
13-Jul-2017
Selected Catalytic projects
North-south highway project is proposed in anticipation of the growing number of vehicle on the road in the next decades due to the increase in affordability in Ghana in general as well as the increase in the volume of goods movement within Ghana and from Ghana to Burkina Faso. While the existing north-south road is providing a good service at the moment, it may not be sufficient for cost effective and efficient traffic time management, safety and ride quality expectations. Besides, with higher level of affordability and higher traffic volume, the construction of a toll road in Ghana will be
24-Oct-2017
2017 World Tourism Day & Northern Ghana Tourism Investment Summit
Ghana is joining other member countries of the United Naons World Tourism Organizaon (UNWTO) to celebrate the 2017 World Tourism Day which is held every th27 September worldwide.
26-Oct-2017
Tourism Development Approaches (Lessons From Singapore)
The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, (SADA) has made giant strides by way of developing a 25 Master Plan to develop the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone. The strategy phenomenally identifies a huge growth potential in the area of tourism, pivoted on a rich diverse culture, creative arts, strategic collaborations and best practices around the world. Owing to this background, the Singapore exposure trip, forms part of a larger effort to understudy top notch destinations and also build strategic alliances towards the implementation of the plan.
26-Oct-2017
Cultural And Tourist Sites In Northern Ghana.
Mole game national park is Ghana’s largest, premium and most developed wildlife refuge in Ghana. Located in the northwest of Ghana on grassland savanna with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The entrance to the park is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the dry long season.
20-Dec-2017
Northern Ghana Tourism Investment & Promotion Summit And The Celebration of 2017 U.N World Toursim Day Report

20-Dec-2017
COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT GUIDE: THE NORTHERN SAVANNAH ZONE OF GHANA MAIN VOLUME
This guide is a nation-wide effort. Support by a number of institutions and authorities within the government of Ghana has been provided in the most diverse disciplines (from business development to hydrology, and many others). While the list of institutions here is not conclusive, the board of SADA would like to convey its gratitude to these and all other institutions that have directly or indirectly provided their share of knowledge for this work. SADA is particularly grateful to Queiroz Galvão for the technical support and for putting this guide together.
Chapter 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: RESOURCES AND MASTERPLAN FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE IN THE SADA ZONE
Ghana is one of the most extensively surveyed countries in Africa from a natural resources point of view. Since colonial times when it was the Gold Coast, countless studies, feasibility reports, water resources assessments and soil reconnaissance surveys have been carried out for selected sites within the country. Most of these studies, though, have focused their attention on the water resources-based development potentials that can be generated from the economic exploitation of Ghana’s main drainage basin (The Volta River System), its main tributaries (The Black and White Volta and the Oti River), in addition to the wide network of secondary and tertiary streams that contribute to the impressive amounts of discharge into Lake Volta and the lower sections of the Basin (Tamne, Morago, Tono, Sissili, Kulpawn, Nasia, Gushie, Nabogo, Mole, Mawli, Daka, and many others). Proposed water-based developments have been primarily in the field of hydropower, with a modest attention on irrigation, flood control, navigation and urban water supply.
20-Dec-2017
Chapter 2. RESOURCES AND MASTERPLAN FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE IN THE SADA ZONE VOLUME II . INVENTORY OF RESOURCES
The climate of Ghana and as such the SADA Zone is controlled by two air masses: The Northeast Trade Winds or the Harmattan and the Southwest Trade Winds, or the Monsoons. The interphase of these two air masses is called the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or the Tropical Rain Belt. The rainfall seasons of Ghana are controlled by the movement of the tropical rain belt, which oscillates between the Northern and southern tropics over the course of a year. The dominant wind direction in regions south of the ITCZ is south-westerly, blowing moist air from the Atlantic onto the continent, but north of the ITCZ (the SADA Zone) the prevailing winds come from the north east, bringing hot and dusty air from the Sahara desert (known as the ‘Harmattan’). As the ITCZ migrates between its north and south positions over the course of the year, the regions between these those northern and southernmost positions of the ITCZ experience a shift between the two opposing prevailing wind directions. This pattern is referred to as the West African Monsoon.
21-Dec-2017
World Tourism Day & Northern Ghana Tourism Investment Summit
MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER OF TOURISM, ARTS AND CULTURE HON. MRS CATHERINE ABELEMA AFEKU. Ghana is joining other member countries of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to celebrate the 2017 World Tourism Day which is held every 27th September worldwide. This year's celebration is under the theme “Sustainable Tourism‐ A Tool for Development”. Indeed when well planned, well catered for, our natural resources, our eco tourism sites could be conserved for the development and promotion of Ghana's tourism. This calls for a conscious effort at conserving our water bodies, nature parks, the flora and fauna and all that constitutes our environment that nature has offered as unique tourism products.
19-Dec-2017
TOWARD INCLUSIVE AGRICULTURELED ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE NORTHERN SAVANNAH ZONE OF GHANA
The SADA Zone holds major agricultural promise that – when harnessed – will not only make the country highly secure and less dependent on imports, but more importantly transform the lives of the zone's inhabitants quite significantly -- the zone currently records lower performances in all major indices of socio-economic performance compared to the national average, "Charles Abugre, CEO, SADA. From Commercial Agriculture Investment Guide: The Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana, published by SADA.
21-Dec-2017
Chapter 4: RESOURCES AND MASTERPLAN FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE IN THE SADA ZONE VOLUME IV . PROPOSED IRRIGATION AND HYDROPOWER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMEN
The main purpose of undertaking topographical surveys is to collect relevant field data (location and elevation) about all important natural and man-made features in the study area (e.g. roads, settlement areas, farmland, protected areas, cultural sites, water sources, existing infrastructure, etc.) and use the information to prepare accurate maps of the study areas indicating the relative locations and elevation variations of the important features. Ofek Aerial Photo consultants were employed to carry out these surveys.
19-Dec-2017
Road Map for Agriculture-Led Economic Transformation of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) of Ghana
NOTE: This Road Map is an outcome of the “SADA Zone Agricultural Investment Workshop (AIW)” that took place in Accra on June 21-23, 2016 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. The AIW was organized by SADA with support from the World Bank, United States Agency for Development (USAID), Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Alliance for Green Revolution in Agriculture (AGRA), and Africa Development Bank (AfDB). The President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, attended the closing session of the AIW, where he heard the Road Map presentation and then provided comments.
19-Dec-2017
PROGRAM TO TRANSFORM THE AFRICAN SAVANNAH TO END EXTREME POVERTY BY 2030
AN INSPIRING AGENDA TO TRANSFORM THE AFRICAN SAVANNAH TO END EXTREME POVERTY BY 2030 The African Savannah contains most of the poorest regions in our continent. Yet is also the region most suitable for commercial agriculture and agriculture-led industrialisation. It awaits proper attention to transform it into the breadbasket of the world. To do so we ask the World Bank and other development finance institutions to lead this process by committing to mobilise cash and guarantees to the tune of $1bn over the next 15 years, which should leverage up to $50bn in private funding to transform the African Savannah so that no one is truly left behind..
21-Dec-2017
Chapter V. RESOURCES AND MASTERPLAN FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE IN THE SADA ZONE VOLUME V . PROPOSED VALUE CHAINS AND TECHNOLOGY PORTFOLIO
This chapter discusses themes which involve technologies developed and validated for agriculture in tropical climate, known as good agricultural practices (GAP), but more recently, many of these technologies have been included in the portfolio of climate-smart agriculture practices, once, by delivering better results in sustainable land and water management, they also provide many of the benefits expected in dealing with climate change, climate change adaptation and resilience. Most of the these technologies were created as a consequence of the emergence of the ”Green Revolution”, initiated during the 1960s in the United States, adapted to the conditions of the temperate climate. The development of the agriculture technologies for the tropics provide great opportunities for the production of food in regions with similar climatic-edaphic conditions as those of Brazil, and in this context it has and will continue to contribute significantly to food security.
19-Dec-2017
The Guiding Principles of the Millennium Villages
Significant progress in sub-Saharan Africa has been made in the last four decades. Life expectancy has increased by 10 years, and literacy has increased substantially. Despite these real increments, economies in sub-Saharan African countries have not grown enough to support increasing populations. A lack of basic infrastructure, health services, and education, as well as limited sources for saving and income generation are at the root of a lack of economic growth. To end extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, it is critical to invest in productive resources, infrastructure, and human capital to enable poor people to gain economic, political and social power.
21-Dec-2017
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS FOR NORTHERN REGION COMPILED BY SADA
ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS FOR NORTHERN REGION
21-Dec-2017
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN NORTHERN GHANA. A SNAP SHOT
Ghana has a Sizable Market Within ECOWAS in the New World of Advanced Technology, Information & Open Market Economies
21-Dec-2017
WIN-WIN PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SADA ZONE OF GHANA
A SIZABLE MARKET SIZE IN THE NEW WORLD O F ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION AND OPEN MARKET ECONOMIES
Infrastructure Investment Opportunities in Northern Ghana. A snap shot.
In 2040, ECOWAS will be a more prosperous, youthful and populous market. Northern is positioned in that context.
21-Dec-2017
2017 Tourism Summit and WTD Report Updated
The UNWTO World Tourism Day celebration is an annual international event, celebrated globally to highlight the importance of tourism and its contribution to national and community development. Ghana, as an active member of the UNWTO, diligently observes the celebration of World Tourism Day year on year in a designated region with the aim of promoting tourism in all parts of the country. In view of the potential socio-economic benefits accruing from the celebration of the World Tourism Day, SADA partnered the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in the year 2016 to celebrate the event in Kintampo. Indeed this produced tangible outcomes in the following respects:​
21-Dec-2017
INCREDIBLE NSEZ TOURISM INVESTORS' SUMMIT, POSITIONING THE NSEZ OF GHANA AS A FIRST CHOICE TOURISM DESTINATION IN AFRICA
​The Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana, NSEZ, is the biggest half of the country, occupying about 54.4% of the total land size of Ghana. The zone is endowed with diverse unpararelled business and investment potentials in the area of, commercial and mechanized agriculture, irrigation & agro-processing, financial services, water transport, solar energy, real estate, industrial and agro parks and ultimately tourism.
21-Dec-2017
Positioning the Northern Savannah as a tourism hub
​The Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana, (NSEZ) has been touted as the rising star of the Tourism sector in Ghana. An anal- Tysis of the Tourism and Cultural resources of the Zone, led by the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), reveals an enormous opportunities and investment potential in the tourism sector. The Northern Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana, (NSEZ) accounts for 54.4% of the total land space of Ghana, making it the largest half of the country. Its geographical jurisdiction covers 63 districts and spans from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions as well as parts of the Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions that are contiguous to the North.
UNWTO SADAFest 2016 REPORT THEME "TOURISM FOR ALL: PROMOTING UNIVERSAL ACCESSIBILITY“
​The maiden episode of SADAFest was laudable as the event has left an indelible mark on the land of Kintampo, the centre of Ghana. The three day was an eye opener and marked with pomp and pageantry. The world and domestic tourists were exposed to the rich diverse culture of the SADA zone, as well as the existence of scenic breath taking tourists attractions.
21-Dec-2017
Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts Development Strategy
​Tourism is emerging as a potent force in world economies and the number of countries without tourism strategies are very few. On the global front, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) statistics for 2017 indicate that tourism generated US$ 1.4 trillion, which represents 7% 10% of world exports and global gross domestic product respectively. The belief in tourism is not
21-Dec-2017
TRANSFORMING THE SAVANNAH THROUGH AGRICULTURE: AGRIBUSINESS RESOURCES, CLUSTERS AND VALUE CHAINS OF THE SADA ZONE OF GHANA A SYNTHESIS OF THE MA STERPLAN FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURE IN THE S ADA ZONE
SADA, the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, was established in 2010 as a vehicle to plan, coordinate and execute development strategies, programs and projects in Ghana’s Northern Savannah Ecological Zone – NSEZ for the purpose of accelerating development and transforming the economy of the Zone.
20-Dec-2017
​Enjoys a relatively stable political environment and a more open society, with a vibrant media and strong public dialogue

21-Dec-2017
Preliminary ICT Data Analysis & Assessment

NORTHERN SAVANNAH ECOLOGICAL ZONE STRATEGY, ECONOMICS and DEMOGRAPHY
​The data for this analysis has been derived from various sources. The socioeconomic team from Surbana would like to acknowledge the feedback and data supplied by the TCPD of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority. The Spatial Development Framework of SADA forms the backdrop for the data, in addition to that from the Ghana Statistical Service (where applicable).
21-Dec-2017
NORTHERN SAVANNAH ECOLOGICAL ZONESOCIO-ECONOMIC WORKSHOPTAMALE
​The data for this analysis has been derived from various sources. The socio-economic team from Surbana would like to acknowledge the feedback and data supplied by the TCPD and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority. The Spatial Development Framework of SADA forms the back drop for the data, in addition to that from the Ghana Statistical Service(where applicable).​
21-Dec-2017
Intergrated Transport Session_SJ

21-Dec-2017
Tamale Structure Plan Transportation

21-Dec-2017
TAMALE AS THE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE OF NSEZ
​Envisioned to be the largest urban node in the NSEZ accommodating 1.8 million population by 2040, TGMA is poised to become the Centre of Execellence of NSEZ as the leading commercial and services hub to catalyze the transformation of NSEZ as the gateway to Sahel Region.
21-Dec-2017
Tamale Infrastructure Planning

21-Dec-2017
Buipe Structure Plan Transportation

21-Dec-2017
Buipe City Structure Plan Report
​As the capital of Central Gonja District, Buipe is a grade 3 urban settlement located approximately 100km south-west of Tamale. Located strategically along the Lake Volta and North-South economic development corridor, Buipe is connected to both southern Ghana and cross-border towards Burkina Faso. Though remaining largely as an agrarian economy with existing issues of poverty, flooding, poor infrastructure and accessibility, there is huge potential for Buipe to leverage on the lake transport, its strategic location relative to its regional neighbours and availability of land to catalyse industrialization and urban development. This hence help in generating economic growth, creating employment opportunities and improving living quality of the growing city.
21-Dec-2017
Implementation Plan for Tamale & Buipe Preliminary stage

21-Dec-2017
MASTER PLAN BUIPE WATER FRONT CITY DESIGN PROJECT

21-Dec-2017
Envisioned to be the Thriving Green Port City of NSEZ accommodating about 230,000 population by 2040, Buipe City is poised to transform from the existing small town into a port and industrial hub to catalyze the development of NSEZ as the gateway to Sahel Region.
Envisioned to be the Thriving Green Port City of NSEZ accommodating about 230,000 population by 2040, Buipe City is poised to transform from the existing small town into a port and industrial hub to catalyze the development of NSEZ as the gateway to Sahel Region.
29-Dec-2017
MEDIUM TERM DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2018-2021
The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), was established by Act 805, 2010 as a vehicle for transforming the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) into a place of jobs and wealth. The major priorities of this part of Ghana are clearly out-lined in this Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) for the period 2018-2021. The plan also aligns with the key policy objectives of the Government of H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, including:
29-Dec-2017
Matrix of the SADA MTIP 2017-2020
SAVANNAH ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY-SADA Our Purpose: to catalyse comprehensive, integrated and accelerated development of the Nortern Savannah Ecological Zone (Act, 805, 2010) Vision: A transformed Northern Savannah Ecological Zone: Free of Poverty and full of Opportunities Our Misiion: To catalyse the transformation of the NSEZ
29-Dec-2017
A Sustainable Development Initiative for the Northern Savannah Strategy and Work plan (2010 – 2030)
​There is an increasing development gap between the Northern Savannah Ecological belt and the rest of the country. By all indications the North lags behind the South and the gap seems to be increasing. This gap is a critique of the status quo. At the same time, as a result of agricultural practices, the fragility of the soils and in increasing deforestation there is a tendency for weather changes to cause droughts and floods. With global warning, these events can be expected to occur more frequently. The political leadership and development analyst in Ghana agree that bridging this gap is as critical national issue.
29-Dec-2017
SAVANNAH ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SADA) BUSINESS PLAN 2012-2016
The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) was established by Act 805 (2010) as an independent and autonomous corporation to accelerate the pace of development of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ). It covers the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions and the districts of Tain, Kintampo-South, Kintampo-North, Pru, Atebubu-Amantin and Sene in Northern Brong-Ahafo and Krachi West, Krachi East, Nkwanta-North and Nkwanta-South in Volta Region. The projected population for 2009 is 5.2m– theNorthern Region has 2.4m, the Upper East 1.2m, the Upper West 0.7m, North Brong-Ahafo 0.6m and North Volta 0.3m.
07-Mar-2017
2016 SADA Annual Report Final
Consolidating Gains; Looking into the Future