Review of Policy Frameworks in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Policy Brief for Ghana with Respect to the Digital Labour Platforms and Platform Economy

This policy brief focuses on the legal and policy context of platform workers in Ghana. Ghana’s Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) does not currently provide clear standards for decent platform work. This may undermine some of Ghana’s international commitments in relation to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Thus, in Ghana, the growth of the platform economy has bypassed labour rights enforcement. Consequently, this policy brief aims to analyse the current regulation landscape for platform work in Ghana, whilst shedding light on the realities of platform work in Sub-Saharan Africa more generally. More specifically, the policy brief seeks to:

  • Analyse the challenges facing ride-hailing platform drivers with specific reference to their conditions of work; and
  • Propose recommendations through legislative and policy changes.

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