Exclusions List

Grant funds cannot be used for any of the following
  • Production or trade in any product or activity deemed illegal under Ghana’s laws or regulations or international conventions and agreements, or subject to international bans, such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides/herbicides, ozone-depleting substances, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), wildlife, or products regulated under CITES (i.e., Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
  • Production or trade in weapons and munitions.*
  • Production or trade in alcoholic beverages (excluding beer and wine).*
  • Production or trade in tobacco.*
  • Gambling, casinos, and equivalent enterprises.*
  • Production or trade in radioactive materials. This does not apply to the purchase of medical equipment, quality control (measurement) equipment, and any equipment where the World Bank considers the radioactive source to be trivial and/or adequately shielded.
  • Production or trade in unbonded asbestos fibers. This does not apply to the purchase and use of bonded asbestos cement sheeting where the asbestos content is less than 20%.
  • Drift net fishing in the marine environment using nets more than 2.5 km. in length.
  • Production or activities involving harmful or exploitative forms of forced labor/harmful child labor.
  • Commercial logging operations for use in primary tropical moist forest.
  • Production or trade in wood or other forestry products other than from sustainably managed forests.
  • Production, trade, storage, or transport of significant volumes of hazardous chemicals, or commercial scale usage of hazardous chemicals. Hazardous chemicals include gasoline, kerosene, and other petroleum products.
  • Production or activities that impinge on the lands owned, or claimed under adjudication, by Indigenous Peoples, without full documented consent of such peoples.
  • Any activities involving involuntary resettlement.
  • Any activities that would lead to conversion or degradation of critical natural habitats or their supporting areas.
  • Any activities that would lead to conversion or degradation of critical forest areas, related critical natural habitats, clearing of forests, or forest ecosystems.
  • Activities involving the financing of the rehabilitation or construction of dams or, any activities that depend on the performance of an existing dam; and
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining.
* This does not apply to project sponsors who are not substantially involved in these activities. "Not substantially involved" means that the activity concerned is ancillary to a project sponsor's primary operation.
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