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Data Disclaimer/Notes for Ghanalinks.org Database

 

Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)  Data:

The data entered in Ghanalinks covers all Ghana districts as reported by MOFA for the period 2008-2015, however because the district names used by MOFA for the data collection are different form the approved District Names  of Ghana before 2012 and after 2012 some of the district values were excluded in order not to harm the funcitionality of Ghanalinks.

  1. Excluded districts for the period 2012 -2015 that can be found in the MOFA raw data but not in Ghanalinks are: Amansie East, Sekyere South, Afram Plains
  2. Excluded districts for the period 2008-2011 that can be found in the MOFA raw data but not in Ghanalinks are: Amansie East, Nkoranza, Agona, Gomoa, Upper Denkyira, Manya Krobo, Kpandai, Ketu, Nkwanta, Wassa West, Kasena Nankana,.
  3. Also district that are listed but for which data was not found in the MOFA data collection for the period 2008-2011 are: Bosome Freho, Atwima Kwanwoma, Mamprong Municipal, Offinso North, Sekyere Afram Plains, Dormaa East, Nkoranza North, Nkoranza South, Sunyani West, Agona East, Agona East Municipality, Agona West, Gomoa East, Gomoa West, Upper Denkyira West, Upper Denkyira East, Effutu Municipal, Akyemansa, Birim Central, Birim Municipal, Kwahu East, Kwahu North, Lower Manya, Upper Manya, Adentan, Ashaiman, Ga South, Ledzokuku-Krowor, Kpandai, Ketu North, Ketu South, Nkwanta North, Nkwanta South, Ellembelle, Prestea/Huni Valley, Sefwi Akontombra, Sekondi-Takoradi, Tarkwa Nsuaem, Kasena Nankana East, Kasena Nankana West, Lambussie-Karni.

 

Population Based Survey (PBS) Data

 

1.   District level representation of the PBS related variables

Even though there are variable value at a district level, these values are not necessarily representatives of the whole district, the reason being the survey sample was designed for the representation of Savannah Ecological Zone (known as Zone of Influence) and RING (areas where there will be intervention within the ZOI) and non RING (areas where there will not be intervention used as a counter factual) zones.

2.   Aggregated values of the variables of the Population Based Survey

The KM tools uses only simple average formulas to aggregate district variable values into regional values or other zone values recognized by the database system, therefore the values generated might slightly differ from the values reported in the Population Based Survey 2012.

 

Disclaimers for Geographical Locations:

1.   Savannah Ecological Zone

Term used in the Ghanalinks.org Database includes 60 districts shown in the table below:

Brong Ahafo

Northern

Upper West

Atebubu Amantin

Bole

Daffiama Bussie Issa

Banda

Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo

Jirapa

Jaman North

Central Gonja

Lambussie-Karni

Kintampo North Municipal

Chereponi

Lawra

Kintampo South

East Gonja

Nadowli-Kaleo

Pru

East Mamprusi

Nandom

Sene East

Gushiegu

Sissala East

Sene West

Karaga

Sissala West

Tain

Kpandai

Wa East

Wenchi Municipal

Kumbungu

Wa Municipal

Upper East

Mamprugu Moagduri

Wa West

Bawku Municipal

Mion

 

Bawku West

Nanumba North

 

Binduri

Nanumba South

 

Bolgatanga Municipal

North Gonja

 

Bongo

Saboba

 

Builsa North

Sagnerigu

 

Builsa South

Savelugu Nanton

 

Garu-Tempane

Sawla-Tuna-Kalba

 

Kasena Nankana East

Tamale Metropolitan

 

Kasena Nankana West

Tatale Sanguli

 

Nabdam

Tolon

 

Pusiga

West Gonja

 

Talensi

West Mamprusi

 
 

Yendi Municipal

 
 

Zabzugu

 

 

2.   District Assembly Support (Agriculture & Nutrition)

Term used in the Ghanalinks.org Database includes 18 districts shown in the table below:

Northern

Upper East

Chereponi

Bawku West

Kpandai

Bongo

Nanumba North

Garu-Tempane

Nanumba South

Talensi

North Gonja

 

Saboba

 

Sagnerigu

 

Savelugu Nanton

 

Tamale Metropolitan

 

West Gonja

 

Mion

 

Tatale Sanguli

 

Yendi Municipal

 

Zabzugu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   District Assembly Support (A)

Term used in the Ghanalinks.org Database includes 50 districts shown in the table below:

Brong Ahafo

Northern

Atebubu Amantin

Bole

Banda

Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo

Jaman North

Central Gonja

Kintampo North Municipal

East Gonja

Kintampo South

East Mamprusi

Pru

Gushiegu

Sene East

Karaga

Sene West

Kumbungu

Tain

Mamprugu Moagduri

Wenchi Municipal

Mion

Upper East

Sawla-Tuna-Kalba

Bawku Municipal

Tatale Sanguli

Bawku West

Tolon

Binduri

West Mamprusi

Bolgatanga Municipal

Yendi Municipal

Bongo

Zabzugu

Builsa North

Upper West

Builsa South

Daffiama Bussie Issa

Garu-Tempane

Jirapa

Kasena Nankana East

Lambussie-Karni

Kasena Nankana West

Lawra

Nabdam

Nadowli-Kaleo

Pusiga

Nandom

Talensi

Sissala East

 

Sissala West

 

Wa East

 

Wa Municipal

 

Wa West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   District Assembly Support (N)

Term used in the Ghanalinks.org Database includes 8 districts shown in the table below:

Northern

Mion

Tatale Sanguli

Yendi Municipal

Zabzugu

Upper East

Bawku West

Bongo

Garu-Tempane

Talensi

 

5.   Pre 2012 Version and Post 2012 Version of Districts

The districts of Ghana were re-organized in 1988/1989 in an attempt to decentralize the government and to combat the rampant corruption amongst officials. The reform of the late 1980s subdivided the regions of Ghana into 110 districts, where local district assemblies should deal with the local administration. By 2006, an additional 28 districts were created by splitting some of the original 110, bringing their number up to 138. In February 2008, there were more districts created and some were upgraded to municipal status. This brought the final number to 170 districts in Ghana.[1]Since then, a further 46 districts have been added since 28 June 2012 bringing the total to 216 districts. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Districts_of_Ghana)

The Ghanalinks.org Database has captured this change as the district data stretches as far as 2008. To capture the administrative division change to versions of locations accompanied by shapefiles have been created, one that shows the administrative division into districts as it is now for data from 2012 onwards and one that shows the administrative division as it was during 2008-2011. The mapping visualisations automatically call the administrative divisions available for the data based on the reporting year.

 

USAID’s Implementing Partners Reporting

 

1.    Indicator data by district as reported by implementing partners aggregated automatically by the database, might not identically correspond in all the cases with aggregated values as reported by the Implementing Partner, one of the reasons being the difference in the methodology of calculation of the aggregate. The database focuses on simple averages of district values to come up with an aggregated regional or beyond value, while implementing partners might use weighted averages such as the case of gross margin. Another reason for the mismatch could be that more than one project data are included in the aggregated indicator value.

2.     In the case of indicators 4.5.2_2, 4.5.2_5 4.5.1_24 the summation of the disaggregated values by “gender”, “technology type”, do not result in the absolute total value of the indicator because more than one of the dissagregators apply and are counted at the same time. The KM database has addressed these issues so that the aggregation at an indicator value returns the real absolute value of the indicator.

3.    For some data, a mismatch between the year of reporting and the correct administrative division is to be observed. In these cases the map represents the administrative division for which the data is reported.