Programmes and Projects
Our goals within each of our thematic focus areas are reflected in our 3 programs and various projects.
Empowerment for Life
Strengthening local civil society
“Empowerment for Life” is Ghana Friends’ largest program that integrates all our thematic focus areas; education, hunger, poverty reduction and youth empowerment.
The program is supported by Danida, and is now in its third phase, since its start in 2010. The overall goal is to strengthen 240 community groups and organizations to facilitate social, political and economic development processes and ensuring people’s rights.
A keyword in the Danish civil society strategy is good governance. In the Empowerment for Life program, we work with good governance at two levels:
Internally in the civil society groups and organizations that we directly support. We strengthen the different groups' organizational capacity to become well-functioning and transparent organizations so they are legitimate representatives on behalf of the interest groups they represent. Citizens who organize themselves into responsible and representative civil society groups receive greater respect and responsiveness, thus increasing their impact on relevant authorities.
Externally on the public system of local governance, which is responsible for planning and delivering public services such as education, health and infrastructure. We work through the local civil society groups which are made aware of what tasks and responsibilities the local government has towards its citizens on various areas. By assisting the local civil society groups dialogue with about bility to monitor the authorities’ implementation of their obligations and responsibilities, we strengthen the local governance system. Areas of particular interest are for example, that all children have access schooling and appropriate education facilities, that there is sufficient infrastructure for people to move about safely and transport agricultural products to local markets, etc.
Youth Speak Up
Youth Radio - young people's voice!
Together with our partner organization Youth Empowerment for Life we produce radio programs for children and adolescents. We call it Youth Speak Up, because the radio helps to give young people a bigger voice in their own community.
75% of Ghana's population is between 5-35 years. Yet children and young people in Ghana marginalized. They are subjected to social injustice and inequality in many ways; children are seen primarily as workers and not as a key group of people to develop the local community. Young people do not have equal access to relevant information, which can result in less community awareness and confidence to speak out in public about problems that concern them..
Ghana Friendship wants to change this. As radio is the main source of information and news for more than 80% of people in Northern Ghana, radio targeted the youth (Youth Speak Up) is an effective tool to educate young people on their rights and empowering them to be actively responsibility for their own community and its development.
Youth Speak Up er funded by Danmarks Indsamling 2015.
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Cattle routes for nomadic people
The nomadic people, the Fulanis, move in the broad Sahel-belt of southern Saharan. Their livelihood depends on breeding and trading cattle. But the increasing urbanization has made it more difficult for nomadic people to move cattle across borders and regions to places where they can feed and trade their cattle without coming into conflict with local farmers and landowners.
In collaboration with the French NGO Acting for Life and our Ghanaian partners GDCA and CLIP Ghana Friends works to improve conditions for cattle breeding and movement across borders and regions in West Africa, thereby also increasing the local meat trade and access.
Read our partner Acting for Life's description of PARSAO program.
(PARSAO: Programme d’Appui à la Résilience des Systèmes Agropastoraux en Afrique de l’Ouest (PARSAO)
COMMUNITIES UNITED IN FIGHTING HUNGER
Communities united in fighting child hunger
Ghana Friends' newest project 'Communities united in fighting child hunger' aims to fight hunger and ensure better nutrition for children in Northern Ghana. The project will be implemented in the period 2017-2019 in cooperation with GDCA.
The funds come primarily from Denmark Collection 2017, as well as other funds to finance the project. Read how you can help fight children's hunger here.
Hunger is a real problem for the people in the north and very poor part of Ghana. In the villages, almost everyone lives by subsistence agriculture, and in times of drought, there is simply not enough food. In the periods when there is enough food, all too many children suffers from what can be called called the hidden hunger. They might have eaten, but their diet is too one-sided and does not contain the proteins, vitamins and minerals they need. The result is that more than one out of three child's growth is retarded, making learning more difficult, and thus reduces their prospects for a bright future.
The goal is to mobilize a number of villages in the fight for better nutrition for children, and cooperation with schools and other relevant authorities to spread knowledge about the importance of diet for children's overall development and growth.
The entire village will be involved in the fight against hidden hunger, and:
women in 24 women's groups should learn about nutrition on child development and how they can use local crops to make the diet more balanced and healthier.
The women will be organized in three cooperatives, where they learn to process local crops, including soya beans to oil. Revenue from this production can help to ensure that there is more money to make better and more varied food to the children throughout the year.
Ambassadors from the women's groups will teach other women, so everyone improves their knowledge of children's needs for - and right to - healthy food and how to make healthier food with plants and crops that are already in the local area.
Children receive protein-poor food because of cultural myths and practices. These issues need to be brought out in the open, e.g. through radio programs, so families can have better knowledge of nutrition and its benefits to their children and themselves.
Thanks to Denmark Collection 2017 and Ghana Friends private donors to give us the opportunity to support the fight against hunger and malnutrition in northern Ghana.