Social responsibility agreements in Ghana’s forestry sector
This paper is about a legal arrangement for enabling forest communities in Ghana to better participate in the benefits generated by timber activities. In Ghana, legislation requires logging firms to commit a portion of their financial resources towards the provision of social amenities to local forest communities. Logging firms must perform this legal obligation by signing and implementing “Social Responsibility Agreement” (SRAs) with forest communities. This report assesses strengths and weaknesses in the design and implementation of SRAs, and the extent to which they have made a difference to forest communities.