Current debates in Ghana about sustainable development express a confluence of four important trends:
1) questioning of the growing inequalities and exclusion wrought by the dominant neoliberal economic policies and the quality of growth that has resulted;
2)recognition of the advances that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs) represent on the minimal ambitions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
3) Africanrecognition of the limits of raw material commodity export dependence and the need for structural economic transformation; and
4) the rediscovery of development planning as an important tool and policy framework.