The Dean of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), together with Professor Richard Boateng, graced the Fairwork Ghana Report Launch, which took place on Tuesday, 30th November 2021 at the University of Ghana Business School Graduate Building.
Professor Boateng, an Information Systems Professor at the University of Ghana Business School is the Lead of the Fairwork Ghana Project. In his welcome address, Professor Boateng acknowledged dignitaries present, partners, sponsors, and the global virtual audience. He then briefed the house on Fairwork and its activities.
He indicated that Fairwork is an international research project that evaluates working conditions on digital labour platforms and is currently operating in 26 countries across 5 continents, including 6 African countries. Fairwork Ghana is hosted by UGBS and is implemented in collaboration with Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany. He mentioned that 10 digital platforms were assessed based on Fairwork principles: fair pay, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management, and fair representation.
On his part, Professor Bawole, in his opening remarks, mentioned that in the African region, UGBS has become recognised for impactful research, specifically academic research. He added that when he was approached by Professor Boateng and the team about the Fairwork project, he was enthused because this project is a project that touches many lives. One thing he likes about the project is the fact that it allows the researchers to assess what happens within these digital platforms and how people get treated.
Moving forward, Professor Bawole remarked that the unemployment rate in the African region is so high to the extent that young people are either underemployed or unemployed. Nonetheless, there are huge opportunities, and the areas where the next jobs are going to be created include the gig economy, and a key aspect is the platform economy. He congratulated Fairwork for the excellent job and thanked the sponsors and all other partners for their support and collaboration.
The report was presented and launched by Professor Thomas Anning-Dorson, Country Manager of Fairwork Ghana Project. It’s worthy to note that this first Fairwork report in Ghana stems from a year-long collaboration between the University of Ghana Business School, the University of Oxford, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.
The Fairwork Ghana 2021 Ratings could be accessed at fair.work.
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