North Rhine-Westphalia and Ghana have been working together closely for more than 20 years. In 2007 this engagement was raised to an official level through a partnership agreement between the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. In a renewal of the agreement dated 2016 the governments decided to align the cooperation for the next five years with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2017 the partnership was extended to include local governance exchange between ministries in NRW and Ghana.
This local governance exchange builds on the existing engagement of the two sides and strengthens it at the local level.