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AGRICULTURE

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

SEND GHANA’s livelihood flagship program known as the Food Security Through Co-operatives in Northern Ghana project (FOSTERING) has been operational in the resource-poor Eastern Corridor of Ghana since 1998. SEND GHANA implemented the project in collaboration with the Ghana Co-operative Credit Unions Association (CUA) and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada), with funding from Global Affairs Canada and CDF Canada. The project has promoted food and nutrition security, increased income, and strengthened gender equity in beneficiary communities.

SEND GHANA is the first CSO to undertake agricultural budget tracking and advocacy to hold government accountable to fulfill its commitment to increase investment in the sector. Our Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation findings of 2009 and 2013 compelled government to surpass its commitment of allocating 10% of the national budget to the agric sector. Currently, SEND GHANA is a member of a consortium of four organizations that is implementing the USAID funded Northern Ghana Governance Activity (NGGA) under a cooperative agreement for a five year period.

The consortium adopted streamlined, cost effective and evidence-based solutions responding to the four proposed results levels of the project, namely; strengthened institutional capacity for effective coordination and integration of key actors in decentralized agricultural development; improved enabling environment for community organizations, CSOs and the private sector to participate as equal partners in decentralization and agricultural development; enhanced women’s participation in local governance and increased access to agricultural information and opportunities; and increased community dialogue and consensus building to prevent conflict and ensure sustainable development in Agriculture.

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This is the umbrella for a number of projects namely:

  • DEEPENING LINKAGES BETWEEN RESEARCH, ADVOCACY & MEDIA PRACTICTIONERS IN GHANA FOR GREATER POLICY INFLUENCE AND IMPACT II
  • SMALLHOLDER AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (SHAD)
  • TRUST AFRICA- AGRIC ADVOCOCY
  • PROMOTING ECONOMIC JUSTICE, FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURAL GOVERNANCE USING GENDER-RESPONSIVE BUDGETING
  • FOOD SECURITY THROUGH COOPERATIVES IN NORTHERN GHANA,
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  • NORTHERN GHANA GOVERNANCE ACTIVITY,
  • PROMOTING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ INCLUSION IN AGRICULTURAL MODERNIZATION,
  • PROMOTING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ INCLUSION IN AGRICULTURAL MODERNIZATION,
  • COCOA ADVOCACY PROJECT (CAP)

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SUSTAINABILITY DELEVOPMANT GOALS

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The Civil Society (CSO) Platform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was established in October 2015 to ensure more coordinated civil society efforts in achieving the SDGs in Ghana. By May 2016, the Platform was institutionalized with SEND GHANA being the host secretariat.

Aside being the host, SEND is responsible for convening SDG sub-platform 10 and also represents the Platform both on the SDG Implementation Coordinating Committee (SDG-ICC) hosted by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), and the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Progress Report Committee chaired by the Minister of Planning. SEND GHANA Country Director is presently a Co-Chair of the Ghana CSO Platform on the SDGs.  

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This is the umbrella for a number of project namely:

  • CSO  PLATFORM  on SDGs

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GOVERNANCE, PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT & TRACKING

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The promotion of Social and Public Accountability remain high on the agenda of SEND GHANA. Since its establishment in 1998, SEND has been mobilizing, building and strengthening advocacy capacity of civil society to influence governments’ programmes and budgets at the local and national levels.  

At the national level, SEND GHANA has developed effective working relationships with various parliamentary select committees and key ministries with an objective of influencing government policies and budgets through citizens’ feedback mechanism. At the district levels, SEND GHANA has created space and instituted recognized mechanisms for increased citizens’ -government engagement.

As a result of these engagements, SEND GHANA has successfully pushed for improvement in good governance practices by employing its Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) framework to undertake budget tracking and monitoring the implementation of pro poor government interventions in priority programmes.

DETAILS

This is the umbrella for a number of projects namely:

  • MAKING THE BUDGET WORK FOR GHANA
  • TRANSFORMING BASIC EDUCATION THROUGH IMPROVED BUDGET TRANSPARENCY AND EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES (IBIS EDUCATION PROJECT)

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EDUCATION

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Through the Grassroots Economic Literacy and Advocacy Program (GELAP), SEND has implemented several education projects in 60 poorest districts in Ghana. These projects increased good governance in the implementation of government pro-poor intervention programs in the sector.

SEND GHANA’s School Feeding project pressured government to improve targeting and prioritize deprived districts, which has contributed to increase in school enrollment. SEND’s PM&E report on the Free School Uniform program exposed weaknesses in distribution and compelled the Ghana Education Service to take action so that uniforms that were lying in warehouses are being used by students.

SEND’s Capitation Grant program has also contributed to improved student enrollment.

DETAILS

This is the umbrella for a number of projects namely:

  • PROMOTING PROGRESSIVE TAX FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL (PPTID)
  • ACCOUNTABLE DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING (ADISS)
  • ADDRESSING INEQUALITY THROUGH PRO-POOR BUDGETS ADVOCACY
  • NORTHERN GHANA GOVERNANCE ACTIVITY
  • OPEN BUDGET SURVEY
  • PROMOTING PROGRESSIVE TAX FOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL (PPTID)
  • GHANA AUDIT ACCOUNTABILITY INITIATIVE
  • MAXIMIZING THE PARTICIPATION OF NON-STATE ACTORS IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE FOR INCREASED ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND RESPONSIVENESS (GOVERNANCE)
  • PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVENESS THROUGH TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE DDF (GOVERNANCE)
  • ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY AROUND 2019 NATIONAL BUDGET
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GENDER EQUALITY & WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

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The Sustainable Development Goal 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This global objective reflects SEND GHANA’s mission of working to promote good governance and equality of women and men in Ghana.

To achieve its mission, SEND GHANA developed a gender policy document and gender equality action guide that provides clear and practical guide on what is expected of staff in carrying out gender commitments both within and outside the work environment. The objective of the gender policy is to institutionalize gender mainstreaming so that SEND GHANA can be effective in promoting gender equality through the transformation of management systems and procedures, challenging the traditional gender roles and meeting the strategic interest of men and women.

Again, SEND has undertaken a number of gender audits that aimed to help management strengthen the organization’s commitment to its gender policy. In the last two decades, SEND GHAHA has contributed to the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women through its programmes, policies and practices.  

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HEALTH

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SEND GHANA has worked to improve access through empowering vulnerable groups to register for free national health insurance. Thousands of mothers and pregnant women have been educated on free maternal and under-five health services.

And, with the support of Zokonis Trust and Christian Aid UK, SEND GHANA built and equipped a modern facility for newborns at the Bawku Hospital. SEND’s Making the Budget Work for Ghana and People for Health projects also increased citizen participation in national and district budgets; each year, citizen budgets are now presented to the Ministry of Finance and district assemblies for consideration. 

At present, the USAID funded People for Health (P4H) Project remains one of the most important interventions implemented by SEND GHANA and its partners, including Penplusbytes and the Ghana News Agency.

Through an integrated approach, the project works to strengthen organizational and institutional capacities of both government and civil society for mutual accountability in health areas like HIV and AIDS; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and nutrition, with particular focus on supporting policy formulation and implementation.

DETAILS

This is the umbrella for a number of projects namely:

  • IMPROVING MATERNAL HEALTH DELIVERY THROUGH PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE
  • MAKING THE BUDGET WORK FOR GHANA
  • PEOPLE FOR HEALTH
  • STAR GHANA MATERNAL HEALTH (HEALTH)

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