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PEPP (Port Efficiency and Public Private Capacity in Ghana)


PEPP aims to

map and improve approaches to Capacity Development for the maritime sector in Ghana in order to enhance the potential of the maritime sector to drive Ghana’s economic growth in a sustainable manner. Engaging with the community at Tema Port and relevant theoretical literature, the PEPP team poses critical questions, share different viewpoints, and conduct research to address the concerns of the people who work in the port. The concerns include digital transformation, national content, labor, corruption, and, most recently, the reactions to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Right now…

the project is going into its second phase after two rounds of fieldwork, data-collection, and archival research in Ghana and Aarhus Port. The team is working on a series of academic articles on legitimacy, trust, community, and power. The question of private and public sector interests in the port surfaces in all the articles whether on digital transformation, the berthing meetings, capacity development, or the Black Star Shipping Line. Data on the reactions to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic influences our findings and analyses, including the impact of the new Meridian Port Services (MPS) terminal, which opened at Tema Port at the end of June 2019.

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2020.07.29 | Research news

Update: PEPP during Corona

Given that much of the world is currently affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is no wonder that work on the PEPP project has also be disrupted. Travel restrictions have made collaboration between researchers and stakeholders in Denmark, Ghana and other parts of the world difficult. Other academic excursions related to the project,…

2020.03.18 | Research news

New video update

As the PEPP field trip of 2020 has drawn to a close, we have summed up our work thus far in a short video, where we also talk abit about our expectations for the year to come. Watch it here on our home page or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4Ia_Aze9Q

2020.03.01 | Research news

2nd Ghana field trip update:

Update - 01-03-2020:


Wed 02 Dec
00:00-00:00 | Leiden, Netherlands
Conference participation: Africa Knows!


Annette Skovsted Hansen

Associate professor School of Culture and Society - Japan Studies, subject


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark/Udenrigsministeriet