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Copy of Christian Aid in Ghana

A journey through the history of Christian Aid in Ghana

Ernest Okyere

on 12 July 2013

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in Ghana
The story of
A Christian Aid UK Board member recalls working with Dockyard workers in the 1970s
Then in the 1980s Christian Aid intervened during the economic crises through Christian Council of Ghana
Mainly livelihoods program working through small community based organizations. Mostly in Northern Ghana.
This programme was coordinated by a London-based manager who was responsible for a number of other countries.
Additional programmatic support came in the form of a Tamale-based Accompanier whose role was to provide capacity building support to Christian Aid’s partners
We are going to take you on a tour through the history of Christian Aid in Ghana.

We don't know exactly when Christian Aid started working in Ghana but anecdotal evidence leads us to think it was..
Programme Manager was recruited in 2003, with sole responsibility for the Ghana programme. However, the programme continued to be managed from London office with annual visits to partners in Ghana
The issue of conflict transformation was also supported under CA’s governance programmes.
CA’s Accountable Governance work was realized through support for SEND’s “HIPC Watch” programme, with its emphasis on promoting the participation of marginalised groups in national policy and budget monitoring processes.
CA’s Economic Justice work commenced in 2003 and was consolidated in 2005 under the aegis of a national trade campaign.
The Ghana Office
Ghana Grows Organic
Local Employment, Accountability and Resource MobilisatioN

It is a EC funded project over the next three years and builds on the existing P2P project implemented by IDEG.

This is a scale up of this project and would hence forth be considered as a joint project
The vision or overall objective of LEARN is to support actions aimed at promoting an inclusive and empowered Ghana

Our Mission or specific objective is therefore to ensure that Citizens in 18 districts across Ghana exercise increased influence over local government policy, particularly around taxation and youth employment
LEARN Working through GIFNets will

facilitate improved citizen engagement with local authorities, through fostering of regular information sharing and interaction on planning, budgeting and taxation issues;

support citizens and local authorities to undertake a joint action-orientated research process to enable 18 districts to better define and deliver tax and employment policies.

support citizens to mobilise around issues of public services and taxation; through strengthening of existing Non State Actor (NSA) networks and CBOs across the target districts, and supporting members to monitor key public services, youth employment and taxation indicators for improved transparency and accountability;
Program relocated to Ghana with Country manager and 1 staff member.
Office was set up in Accra
2009: Core funds reduced due to economic crisis. A more enhanced need for fundraising. Fundraising plan developed
2008: New CPSP finalized which put more of a focus on social justice work
2010: Fundraising plan implemented. Plan included being proactive at fundraising. Thus development of Ghana Grows Organic
Economic /private sector work
Innovation and creativity
Better M&E
More Fundraising
Gender and power analysis

A small deeply-committed, passionate Ghana Team, brimming with knowledge and skill, that multiplies learning, collaborates strategically and works through mutually and trusting relationships with local organisations and movements that drive transformational change.

A courageous and dynamic team that contributes significantly to building a country where decision making is democratic, transparent and accountable, and where women and men from all backgrounds and ethnic groups have an active voice as citizens, and are able to attain their rights and potential.

Our team provides resources, facilitates capacity development and acts in solidarity with strategic partners, networks and coalitions in Ghana to deliver programmes that enable active citizenship, social mobilisation, participation in policy-making and monitoring and pro-poor advocacy.

By doing this, we contribute to transformational change that brings about a fair and just society and improves the lives of poor and marginalised people.

We collaborate with other development actors and Christian Aid teams, use resources effectively, diversify and increase our funding in a creative and accountable manner and develop our capacity.
Our Partners
Concern Universal
Northern Presby.
Youth Harvest
Ghana Grows Organic’ is a project initiated by a consortium of Christian Aid, VSO and Concern Universal together with farmer based organisations including Coalition for the Advancement of Organic Farming (CAOF) and the Abrono Organic Farming Project (ABOFAP).
Ghana’s progressing towards middle income status-by 2020. It is projected that more consumers would have an enhanced disposable income between 2013 to 2020.

At the same time there are concerns raised in the media about the excessive use of chemicals in the production of conventional produce, accelerating the need for organic produce in Ghana.
The effect is that Ghanaian consumers are increasingly becoming health conscious. This is reflecting in their diets and health consciousness is gradually translating into an increased desire and demand for organic produce domestically.
Organic Sector
Ghana Grows Organic aims to improve the livelihoods of poor smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana by enabling them to meet this demand. We will do this by facilitating the develop an integrated value chain process that links the producer of organic products through an efficient distribution channel to the consumer.
Originally located in the GAMFIN Offices
Maximum of 3 staff and 1 visitor

Relocated to current office in September 2008 in time for the assumption of duty of the Programme Manager in October 2008
Current staff strength of 8
Ag. Country Manager
3 Programme Officers
2 Finance Personnel
1 Administrator
1 Volunteer
Have an available desk for visiting staff who provide technical expertise especially in Policy work.

Since 2008 have enjoyed the services of 3 policy staff who have worked on 3 thematic areas:
Climate Change,Tax,Governance
Looking into the Future:
Re-designing the main office to accommodate additional staff to meet the demands of the growing Ghana Programme.
You are always welcome to the Ghana Team
Should I say Your First or Second Home?
CA and SEND Partnership

The partnership between SEND and Christian Aid was initiated in 1998 with start up funding of CA for SEND and its first Youth Livelihoods Security programme. Subsequently CA supported a number of SEND’s youth programmes and the HIPC Watch/GELAP programme
SEND Ghana wins ONE Africa Award

The ONE Africa Award seeks to highlight the dynamism and achievements of African individuals and civil society organizations who are building a better future for their communities, countries and continent.
SENDs Work
Currently, CA through CODE 1 funding and DFID Global Transparency Fund supports SEND with their GELAP 3 programme which is focussed on monitoring the implementation of government pro-poor policies.

SEND currently works in Sierra Leone and Liberia
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