Ghana

31st December Women's Movement - Accra

Address: P.O. Box 065, OSU/Castle, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 22 14 70 / 23 19 11
Fax: 233 22 03 03 / 66 21 07
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Cecilia Johnson / Ruby Dagadu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1982
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Make intellectual contributions to women's empowerment; facilitate women's franchise and economic independence.

Illustrative Project:

The movement has offered women various educational opportunities to acquire basic skills including entrepreneurial training; hosted international conferences on the problems of women and poverty; regional meeting of First Ladies in West Africa on peace and humanitarian issues in July, 1997.

31st December Women's Movement - Tamale

Address: P.O. Box 335, Tamale, Ghana
Phone: 233 71 2281
Fax:
Email:
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Contact: Cecilia Johnson / Ruby Dagadu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1982
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Hausa
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The Movement is engaged in a programme aimed at empowering women to give them better opportunities to exercise control over resources, and also to take responsibility for their work. The process is therefore to provide more room for women to identify and use their abilities and be part of decision making processes.

Illustrative Project:

Civic education of women is a vital function of the Movement. Through rallies and fora the Movement has encouraged women to participate in the political issues facing the country, and to express their points of view, as well as to  influence the decisions of those in charge of the formulation of gender policies in Government. Women are also encouraged to participate in the decision-making processes at community, district and national levels. Eighteen women have since won their seats on merit.

Abibiman Sankofa Cultural Movement

Address: P.O. Box 260, Suhum, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Joshua K. Opoku
Type of Organization: Regional / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: National Commission on Culture

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To support agricultural development in developing countries; to initiate cultural dialogue between Ghanaian citizens and citizens from other developing countries; to improve the health and quality of life of poor children through education and relief of poverty in the communities in which they live.

Illustrative Project:

The organization has helped to improve food security and productivity among groups of farmers through projects for the construction of wells for irrigation, the development of market gardening, and the purchase of seeds and farm tools.

Action Aid - Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 19083, Accra-North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 764 931 / 764 932
Fax: 233 21 764 930
Email: aaghana@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Isaac Richard Osei, Programme Coordinator
Type of Organization: International / National
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

ActionAid Ghana is a development organisation that embraces conflict prevention and resolution activities as an integral part of its work. Its Peace and Reconciliation Sector operates a pilot peace education programme in junior and senior secondary schools in Northern Ghana, with the goal of providing the students with conflict resolution skills and attitudes. ActionAid Ghana is also involved in community conflict resolution initiatives, through workshops, seminars and training programmes.

Illustrative Project:

ActionAid Ghana has produced a manual entitled Teachers' Source Book.

Action on disability and development

Address: P.O. Box 306, Tamale, Northern Region, Ghana
Phone: 233 71 22 213 / 23 026
Fax: 233 71 22 213 / 22 793
Email: addghana@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors
Affiliations: Microcredit Summit

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Promotion of the rights and dignity of disabled people.

Illustrative Project:

Advocacy for the rights of disabled people and policies that allow them to be self-sufficient and maintain their dignity.

Africa Leadership Forum

Address: 28 Solapost Sakumono, P.M.B Sakumono, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 2 176 3028
Fax: 233 2 176 3029
Email: alf@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Anthony Esua Mensah
Type of Organization: Regional / National
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English / French
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Leadership development; capacity building; democratic sustenance and conflict prevention and management.

Illustrative Project:

In the area of gender analysis we are curently conducting a study to produce an index on the status of women in Africa. We are also engaged in training of young Africans in entrepreneurship as well as improving capacity of both young and not so young leadership in managing the expectations of their constituency.

African Development Programme

Address: P.O. Box 3918, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 306 345
Fax: 233 21 306 345 / 662 035
Email: chasadp@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Charles Abbey, Executive Director
Type of Organization: Regional / National / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organisations in Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The African Development Programme, based in Accra, Ghana is primarily a development organisation promoting human development through integrated development programmes targeted at rural and peri-urban communities and community based organizations. It has shifted a small portion of its resources to conflict resolution activities in response to communal violence in Northern Ghana. Its Governance Programme aims to encourage dialogue as a tool to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict and to promote good governance. The programme operates in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Elements of this programme include mediation, citizen diplomacy, and an early warning system.

Illustrative Project:

Collaboration with the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) on the civil society assessment mission in Ghana.

African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs

Address: P.O. Box 7600, Accra North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 222 459 / 225 307
Fax: 233 21 222 459 / 228 398
Email: afwegh@yahoo.com.uk
Internet: http://www.afwe.org/
Contact: Lucia Quachey
Type of Organization: Regional / Africa Region
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English / French
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To develop the mechanism through which interaction among African women entrepreneurs can be promoted; to network economically to bring about exchange of visits, training and skill development, transfer of technologies, and dissemination of market information to promote intra-African and inter-continental trade; to link informal rural productive sectors and formal business sectors.

Illustrative Project:

The Federation co-hosted the first Global Women Entrepreneurs Trade Fair and Investment Forum and works closely with UNDP, UN/OSAA, and UN/ECA to strengthen African women entrepreneurs.

African Poverty Reduction Network

Address: P.O. Box M10, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 502 907
Fax: 233 21 232 898
Email: kwekappiah@ug.gn.apc.org
Internet:
Contact: Kweku Appiah / Nii Osah Mills
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Earned income / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The World Bank

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To encourage Governments, civic society and external donors to devise effective policies, allocate sufficient resources and to implement initiatives that will substantially reduce poverty in Africa.

Illustrative Project:

The APRN has a registered branch in Cameroon which has legal status as an NGO. This branch has embarked upon and engaged the Government in a dialogue on poverty reduction policies and strategies by arranging meetings and debates with various senior Government officials. There are increasing indications that the government is adopting more pro-poor policies.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization (Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya)

Address: Osu RE, P.B. 2327, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 77 68 45
Fax: 233 21 77 25 93
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Maului A. Wahab Abam / Adams Dawoode
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1938
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Twi / Ewe / Hausa
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Voluntary contributions
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To train young people in moral, religious and social issues; to assist the vulnerable in society by promoting skill training; sensitization on issues such as adolescent, reproductive health, etc. 3000 active members and 150000 passive members. 

Illustrative Project:

Voluntary social services, e.g. blood donations, etc; voluntary provision of manual labor; religious and moral education; assisting the farming community; construction of schools and mosques; teaching of over 200 imams and leaders on family life issues; establishing a teak, citrus and mango plantation.

Akyeapim Rural Development Association

Address: Head Office, P.O. Box SD 271, Accra, Ghana
Phone:
Fax: 233 21 669 394 / 221 213
Email: akyeapim@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Charles Nyarkoh
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Earned income
Affiliations: ICSW

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The association attempts to enhance social integration amongst marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the Ghanaian society to complement the efforts of the government for sustainable human development.

Illustrative Project:

Human rights and democracy workshops for traditional rulers in Goma and Agona Districts in the Central Region to know their rights and civil responsibilities towards the 1992 constitutional provisions which ushered Ghana into a democratic state.

All Africa Students Union

Address: State House, Bay 1, 8th Foor, P.O. Box M. 274, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 54 61 / 66 34 50
Fax: 233 21 71 48 21
Email: barnes@ncs.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Benson Obwa-Ogwol
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1972
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: Africa Youth Network

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote unity among student organizations in Africa; to seek equal access to education for university autonomy; to promote in Africa institutional and cultural exchange programmes; to promote social, economic and political equality.

Illustrative Project:

November 17, 1997 Accra, Ghana, the Union organized a seminar on gender sensitization; training of poor counselors on AIDS prevention (80 Students); monitoring students' rights violation in Africa; assistance to refugee students (counseling, financial assistance); environmental awareness activities; setting up of refugee students' organization in Ghana; organizing workshops on conflict resolution in Africa.

Ashanti Regional Queen Mothers' Association

Address: P.O. Box 971, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 228 544 / 225 165
Fax: 233 21 220 280
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: Provincial / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1991
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: National Council on Women and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To bring together Queen Mothers from various traditional areas of the Ashanti region; to encourage women's development; to see to the welfare and the general raising of living standards of women in their respective traditional communities.

Illustrative Project:

Human Rights/Legal Issues: a four day workshop was organized in Kumasi as a follow-up to the Beijing Conference with the aid of Federation of Women Lawyers. It was funded by Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The women were taught about their rights within the intestate succession law and also their legal rights pertaining to human rights abuses against women and children.

Associates in Developement

Address: P.O. Box C. 361, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 77 63 22
Fax: 233 30 25 89
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Dr. N. Agyemang-Mensah
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1986
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Earned income
Affiliations: Ghana Association of Private Voluntary Organisations in Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote personal and institutional capacity building; to enhance poverty reduction through skills training in production and management; to empower women through personal development and rights awareness; to promote responsible sexual and reproductive health attitudes; to promote population and environmental awareness.

Illustrative Project:

Legal Education and Leadership Skills Training Project for Women: This project's objective was to train both illiterate and literate grassroots women to carry out community legal education. Twenty four women leaders were trained initially in the upper west region of Ghana. Today 194 women and 13 men from the rural areas are using drama, song and lectures to educate community groups. The signs of success have been increased payment of child maintenance allowances by negligent fathers, increased reporting for legal advice by women, and signs of confidence in dealing with certain discriminatory cultural practices.

Association for Promotion of Oral Health & Dental Education / Medical Support Services

Address: P.O. Box 0204, Osu, Ghana
Phone: 233 775 833
Fax: 233 231 396
Email: cwsi@ncs.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Pauline Kitcher
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1994
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Hausa
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote holistic health with emphasis on oral health through intensive dental education to schools and village communities; to screen and take mobile first aid dental treatment to the door steps of the deprived rural people at the grass roots since hospital-based facilities are few, inaccessible and often unaffordable; to access and mobilize resources for medical support services.

Illustrative Project:

Because of the two commonest oral diseases; dental care and periodontal diseases are preventable through simple and low cost means especially through oral health education, change of attitudes and appropriate diet, ASPRODENT embarked on intensive oral health education through lecturers to secondary schools in Sekondi-Takoradi and Cape Coast municipalities.

Association for Rural Development - Accra

Address: STC P.O. Box 571, Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 766 360
Fax: 233 21 238 490
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Promotion of a sustainable rural development.

Illustrative Project:

Build capacity to allow rural people to be part of their own development.

Association for the Sustainable Development of Rural Communities

Address: c/o Rex Asanga, P.O. Box 351, Bolga UER, Ghana
Phone: 233 07 56 29 80 - 2
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Rex S. Asanga
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Association of Church Development Projects

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Aims at improving the living standards of poor people (especially rural people) through education and awarenes-creation programmes, and direct material and financial support to beneficiary groups and communities.

Illustrative Project:

Our association mobilized a rural community and found external funding for a primary school in a very remote area of the Bolga District. The association was instrumental in lobbying the Government to open the school and send teachers to the village. There are now 120 pupils in the 3 classroom school. Many of these children would never have had the opportunity to go to school.

Association of African Universities

Address: African Universities House, Aviation Rd. Extension, Airport Residential Area, P.O. Box
5744, Accra-North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 77 44 95 / 76 15 88
Fax: 233 21 77 48 21
Email: secgen@aau.org
Internet: http://www.aau.org/
Contact: Dr. Dominic Tarpeh / Narciso Matos
Type of Organization: Regional / Urban
Members: African Universities
Year Founded: 1967
International Working Language: English / French
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Earned income / Foreign donors
Affiliations: International Association of Universities

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote inter-change and cooperation among African universities; to collect, classify and disseminate information on higher education; to promote cooperation among institutions in curriculum development; to encourage increased contacts between its members and the international academic world; to encourage the development and wider use of African languages.

Illustrative Project:

In the area of research, the AAU has a staff exchange programme, which allows for the exchange of staff in member universities as well as for examination purposes.

Association of Women in Development Experts

Address: P.O. Box 7600, Accra-North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 222 459 / 225 300
Fax: 233 21 222 459 / 228 398
Email: ggawe@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Lucia Quachey
Type of Organization: National / Rural
Members: Men / Women
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Trickle-Up Program

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote rural enterprise development through training for rural entrepreneurs; develop training materials; teach rural women usable farm findings from research institutions in Ghana; improve on production related activities of women to seek solution to food security problems and promote rural industries.

Illustrative Project:

AWIDE with the assistance of Trickle-Up, New York, was able to provide credit to 350 enterprises involving 1,750 people to enable them to establish small businesses  which enabled them to earn an income and to be independent. The groups have come together to acquire a 120 acre land for an  agro-forestry project in the central region of Ghana.

Bi-Habawalk

Address: P.O. Box 19395, Accra - North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 50 57 47
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Ruby-Doris Akroku
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1995
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Earned income
Affiliations: National Council on Women and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Promote literacy and entrepreneurship for a sustainable development.

Calvary Christian Ministries

Address: P.O BOX KN 2065, Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 24 95 15
Fax: 233 21 24 95 15
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Emmanuel Fosu
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Menbership fees
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose: 

Provide support to the mentally handicapped, drug addicts and  to provide shelter to flood  victims; contribute to the eradication of guinea worm; conduct health and education training.

Illustrative Project:

Training of care takers.

Carre Mentors and Entrepreneurship Development Resources

Address: P.O. Box 353, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 77 88 05 / 77 91 54
Fax: 233 21 77 24 09
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors
Affiliations: GAPVOD

Action Areas:

Purpose:

CARMEN is committed to promoting the economic and social empowerment of low-income and marginalized women and youth, through informal sector micro-enterprises.

Illustrative Project:

CARMEN has been involved in promoting group development and entrepreneurship/business skills among low-income women's groups and communities. This has enhanced their capacities for managing micro-enterprise and has assured productive employment and sustainable income generation. Training programs organized have focused on the above as well as vocational skills training to equip the unskilled with marketable vocations.

Catholic Diocese of Sunyani

Address: P.O.Box 450, Sunyani Brong / Ahafo, Ghana
Phone: 233 61 7379
Fax: 233 61 7093
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: International / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1973
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: BILANCE, The Netherlands

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The diocese/organization is concerned with spiritual, material and social needs of individuals. To this end, the diocese has established hospitals, clinics and schools (primary, junior and senior secondary schools, vocational and technical training schools). Other activities include drilling and provision of boreholes, income generating activities, credit unions as well as pastoral and evangelization programmes.

Illustrative Project:

The diocese was on the Election Oversight Committee to check on election malpractices and violence during the 1996 Parliamentary and presidential elections.

Catholic Youth Organization

Address: Catholic Mission, St. Joseph Parish, P.B. 193, Nsawam E.R., Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1949
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors / Earned income
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To inspire, direct and guide the natural creative qualities and desires of young people through wholesome activities to meet their physical, mental and spiritual needs; to conduct leadership training courses for its leaders and members. 20 000 members.

Illustrative Project:

Leadership training (1000 trainees in 1995); seek and administer funds for the youth services; provide vocational and technical skills to members; cultural entertainment and recreational organization; organization of a national 'Jamboree' for five days; national management council meetings.

Center for Democracy and Development - Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 404, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 763 029 / 776 142
Fax: 233 21 763 028
Email: cdd@ghana.com
Internet:
Contact: E. Gyimah-Boadi, Director
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region
Members:
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The mission of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is to promote democracy, good governance and development in Ghana in particular and Africa in general. In doing so, CDD seeks to foster ideals of liberty, enterprise and integrity in government and society.

Illustrative Project:

CDD has organized seminars on conflict and conflict management in Ghana. CDD also publishes occasional briefing papers and Critical Perspectives. 

Centre for Conflict Resolution - Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 33, Legon, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 773 049
Fax: 233 21 761 744 / 773 055
Email: cencor@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Arnold Quainoo, Executive Director
Type of Organization:
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CENCOR) was established to promote peace in Ghana and other West African countries, mainly through research, education and training. It serves as a secretariat for major peace initiatives and undertakes campaigns together with other networks and institutions. Among the programme focus areas are the participation of women in public life, the role of youth in conflict resolution, and peacekeeping education. CENCOR is taking a leading role in developing and building support for proposals focusing on the control of light weapons in the West Africa region.

Illustrative Project:

CENCOR produces a journal called 'The Bridge'.

Centre for Integrated Rural Environment Development

Address: P.O. Box 63, Madima, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 28 21 45 75
Fax: 233 28 77 29 48
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Fred A. Mensah
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: IRED

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Poverty alleviation through the empowerment of the rural communities, women, youth, and farmers; and the promotion and implementation of environmentally sustainable projects at rural level.

Illustrative Project:

Our current integrated community family reproductive health project has involved training community participants and staff, public awareness creation on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, counseling, baseline surveys and child care.

Chacoe Women's Ministry

Address: P.O. Box 5202, Accra-North, Ghana
Phone: 233 021 303 418
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Ms. Florence Yeboah
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1997
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Rural Developpement Counsellors for Christian Churches

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To train women in entrepreneurial skills.

Illustrative Project:

Three pilot projects have been set up in Nima, Kanda and Adenta where women trained by Chacoe have been given soft loans to start their own business.

Child Development and the Elderly Care Centre

Address: P.O. Box DS, 2130, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 242 805
Fax: 233 21 660 788 / 312 407
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. Judith Offei, Director, Development & Welfare
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Children / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Promote inter-generational activities and social cohesion.

Illustrative Project:

Creation and management of centres that bring generations closer.

Christian Council of Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 919, Osu, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 776 678
Fax: 233 21 776 725
Email:
Internet:
Contact: David Dartey
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1929
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The World Council of Churches

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The Council is composed of a fellowship of churches working together to improve and expand their witness and service. The Council is non-partisan and promotes justice, peace, unity and reconcilication; mobilize resources, discusses and implements programmes and projects reflective of the member churches' broad societal aspirations and interests.

Illustrative Project:

The Council was represented at the consultative assembly which drafted the 1992 4th Republican Constitution and made useful contributions. The Council also produced democracy study materials to educate the public through churches and schools. The Council's involvement in monitoring elections assured the public of electoral fairness.

Christian Young Farmers

Address: c/o St John Bosco's Practise, School Post Office Box II, Navorongo, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Ann-Eirene Amaburu
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Rural
Members: Youth / Families
Year Founded: 1980
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Earned income / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Family

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To keep educated Christian rural youth at home; to prevent young people from drifting to the urban sector; to establish young people in the farming sector; to promote ecological farming, commercial farming, gardening and husbandry.

Illustrative Project:

Tree planting; gardening for the local market; rice production for irrigated areas; food production (soya-bean, tomato, red pepper, ground nuts, millet, maize, chicken, guinea fowls, sheep, goat). Implementation of different experimental farming projects; group farming and settlement projects.

Communities Forestry and Social Development Organization

Address: Ansaful Street, Swedru Road, P.O. Box 507, Winneba, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 27 741 2981
Fax: 233 21 311 531
Email: cofosode2002@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Joshua Odoom
Type of Organization: National / Local / Commuinty / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1986
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Fante / Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: ECOSOC

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The organization was set up to assist communities to undertake re-afforestation, agro-forestry, construction and other income-generating projects. More particularly, the organization checks the acceleration of soil erosion, degradation of forests and embarks on community development projects, as well as sanitation, health and relief programmes.

Illustrative Project:

In 1990 COFOSODE undertook a Drug Demand Reduction Programme which took us to some selected schools in the country. We also visited work places, churches and organized public fora and rallies. In all these places our educational team explained to the gatherings the dangers of taking drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin and alcohol.

Diocesan Development Office - Women and Development

Address: P.O. Box 351, Bolgatanga, Ghana
Phone: 233 72 3263
Fax: 233 72 3263
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Modesta Asooh
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1981
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: National Catholic Secretariat

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To improve the standard of living of women through support in poverty eradication activities and awareness creation.

Illustrative Project:

Agriculture/Food and Nutrition: In the light of the above the organization has been able to provide ten goats as revolving loan to women's groups in Wiaga which has yielded about 74 goats over six years. Goats are used to supplement their feeding. They are also sold to pay their children's school fees.

Environmental Protection Association of Ghana

Address: P.O. Box AS 32, A.S.W, Asi-Kumasi, Ghana
Phone: 233 51 29 950
Fax: 233 51 23 016 / 22 537
Email:
Internet:
Contact: John Owusu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1987
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ashanti
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Ghana Assocociation of Private Voluntary Organisations in Developpement

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The association was established with the major objectives of promoting an environmentally clean society or ecologically sound sustainable development. As such, the association's activities have been concentrated on the following: tree planting, afforestation/agro-forestry, education, awareness creation, seminars/workshop training, women-in-development, health, rural development.

Illustrative Project:

Village afforestation training at Kumasi, Onwi II, Brong Ahofa Region, Ghana. About 6 hectares of woodlot in 1987 is matured and supplying wood to the women. About 120 farmers now know and apply the principles of sustainable agriculture in their day to day farming activities. A central nursary has been established in Kumasi to supply seedlings to the communities and schools. Agro-forestry practices have increased among 130 farmers.

Environmental Vanguard

Address: P.O. Box G.P. 1445, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 021-020 815 7253
Fax:
Email: enguard@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Samuel Tetteh
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1997
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ga
Source of Annual Budget: Membership Fees / Local donors
Affiliations: Environmental Protection Agency / UN

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To sensitize and educate the public on environmental issues; to promote conservation by influencing public policy through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation; to organize community activities such as tree planting and soil conservation; to establish social programmes in order to alleviate poverty in rural communities

Illustrative Project:

Microfinance/tree planting project to beautify schools: This scheme was initiated by the Environmental Vanguard to assist the unemployed youth with income-generating activities. The scheme consists of seven programmes such as raising rabbits, bee-keeping, poultry, mushroom farming, snail farming, piggery animal husbandry. Instead of giving out money (cash), we construct the structure and give out the animals, snails or mushrooms after going through 2 months of orientation programme. We also monitor and evaluate the progress of this scheme.

Evergreen Club of Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 168, Trade Fair Centre, LA, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 761 058
Fax: 233 21 772 593
Email: sbonsu@hotmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Sakeena K. Bonsu
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: ECOSOC

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To sensitize the public and to create awareness about the need to protect our environment; to educate the public in environmental issues; to support the national afforestation program.

Illustrative Project:

Youth in Forestry Project: Project entails the creation of awareness among the youth to environmental issues, including education in conservation and sanitation, setting up tree nurseries, woodlots and school environment beautification.

Federation of Muslim Women's Association in Ghana

Address: P.O. Box MS 156, Achimota, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 403 256
Fax: 233 21 772 764
Email: fomwag@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. Katumi Mahama, President
Type of Organization: National / Local / Comminity / Urban / Rural
Members: Women
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The goals of the Federation are to educate Muslim women in their duties and rights; to encourage the establishment of classes and institutions for women and children's islamic education and literacy; to provide a forum where social problems of Muslim women can be discussed; to enlighten and educate Muslim women in the country on both national and international issues affecting them in particular and the Muslim community in general; to establish and encourage female education, including literacy classes, general, Islamic and vocational education; to promote interfaith dialogue; to promote peaceful coexistence between Muslims and people of other faiths; and to initiate the involvement of Muslim women in income-generating activities while maintaining and upholding the ideals, principals and virtues of Islam.

Forces of Light

Address: P.O. Box B-15, Tema, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 766 031
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Kudzo Agbeve
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Hausa / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: Partnership Africa-Canada

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Promoting quality of life and dignity of rural people; human and financial resource development, education, training and implementation of income generating projects - organic agriculture, permaculture, cottage industries, cultural revival, rejuvenating indigenous knowledge in all aspects of Ghanaian life.

Illustrative Project:

We were able to successfully research and come out with alternatives to dangerous agro-chemicals (converting chemical agriculture to organic agriculture) using local inputs and herbs of African origin. We have been able to control notorious termites with tortoise using indigenous and hermitic/spinteral methods. Further research is still going on.

Freedom from Hunger

Address: P.O. Box 01705, Osu, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 774 828
Fax: 233 21 773 587
Email: ffhghana@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Francis Benipuo
Type of Organization: International / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1946
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Hausa
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Freedom from Hunger International

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Work with people and institutions to improve food security, improve nutritional and health status, enhance leadership and self-help capacities of poor women and develop a self-financing program to efficiently and effectively deliver credit and education services to poor women.

Illustrative Project:

Freedom from Hunger collaborated with Brakwa Breman Rural Bank to extend credit and education to rural women. Today, through training,  the bank is able to implement effectively program methodology to reach out to our 1200 members  in 40 women's groups. Apart from making credit available, women's businesses have been enhanced and knowledge on health has been increased.

Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs

Address: P.O. Box 7600, Accra North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 222 459
Fax: 233 21 228 398 / 222 459
Email: gawe@ighmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Lucia Quachey
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1991
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors / Other sources
Affiliations: National Council of Negro Women

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To create a platform for women to network through workshops, seminars and conferences; promote non-traditional exports and the use of appropriate affordable technology to enhance products of women; expand women's businesses in order to create jobs and reduce unemployment; promote intra African and inter-continental trade.

Illustrative Project:

Establishment of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy where university graduates and school leavers are trained to become self-employed to eradicate poverty and social ills; activities that promote intra African and inter-Continental trade was the First Global Women Entrepreneurs Trade Fair, an event which brought together more than 600 participants from 35 African countries, USA, Asia, the Caribbean, eight  UN Agencies and the World Bank family. The association works closely with the UN office of the Special Coordinator for African and the Least Developed Countries for the strengthening of African women in the informal sector and in microcredit. It participated in the mid-term review of UN-NADAF (the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s).

Ghana Girl Guides Association

Address: Dodowa Road (Off Independence Ave.), P.B. 98, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 34 94
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1921
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To inspire girls with the highest ideals in character, conduct, service and patriotism; to promote the development of the individual as an alert, responsible and resourceful citizen; loyalty towards God; development of skills/handicrafts to make a living. 6000 members.

Illustrative Project:

Training in camping skills for international camping activities; leadership and management training for adults; leadership training for 'patrol leaders' to use patrol systems and tests; creative and cultural activities such as dance, poems, sketch, drama, handicrafts; community service, such as environmental health and sanitation; renovation of the training centre.

Ghana Scouts Association

Address: P.B. 108, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 36 27
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Kofi Agyeman Berko
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1912
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Ashanti / Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Earned income
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To train boys and girls to be good citizens; to encourage loyalty, creativity and respect for others and help to develop young peoples' character; to train youth to acquire habits such as observation, obedience and self-reliance; to train youth in community development and educational activities. 3196 members.

Illustrative Project:

Training and promotion of adventure and outdoor activities; community development project; peer education, promotion action in particular in the field of AIDS prevention and action; development programmes and survival training for street children and disabled; tree planting in the communities; leadership training (over 1000 trainees).

Ghana United Nations Student and Youth Association

Address: Bay 1, 5th Floor, State House, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 54 61
Fax: 233 21 22 99 88
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Ebenezer Malcolm
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1963
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Akan / Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To study the work of the United Nations and its specialized agencies towards peace and security; to stimulate student interest in international issues; to foster friendship among other youth and students in other countries; to promote healthy attitudes among young people and fight against drug abuse.

Illustrative Project:

Training of peer counselors; to embark on tree planting activities; to launch information, education and communication activities on youth and students' health; publication of a newsletter.

Gilam Youngsters

Address: P.O. Box 167, Education Ridge, Tamale, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Hausa
Source of Annual Budget: Memebrship fees / Local donors
Affiliations: Environment Liaison Center International

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To organize members, community, villages and other groups to undertake self-help projects and programmes such as immunization and productive ventures; to facilitate loans applications, youth training, health programmes, and many others.

Illustrative Project:

Organized Kpatinga Village to build  a clinic.

Greater Accra Queen Mother Association

Address: P.O. Box 593, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 776 269 / 66 470
Fax: 233 21 662 443
Email:
Internet:
Contact: C. M. Slater
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1991
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The association has over 80 queen mothers as members representing the various traditional divisions of the greater Accra region of Ghana. The main purpose is to work towards the efficient development of the region with a view to improving upon the social and economic well being of the indigenous people.

Illustrative Project:

The association has acquired the old Metro works department buildings of the Accra metropolitan assembly for the vocational training purposes. Funds are now being mobilized for the renovation of the buildings.

Green Earth Organisation

Address: P.O. Box AN 16641, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 232 762
Fax: 233 21 230 455
Email: greeneth@ghana.com
Internet:
Contact: George Ahadzig, Executive Director
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1980
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: GAPVOD / ECOSOC / IUCN

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Ensuring conservation and rational use of natural resources serving as an environmental watchdog; undertaking environmental education; promoting voluntary action for environmental protection; empowering women.

Illustrative Project:

Between 2000 and 2002, GEO implemented a biodiversity conservation project in the Brong Ahafo region. The project was aimed at biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction. The result of the project could be seen in many areas. The annual rituals of bushfires that destroyed the forest and animals was reduced, illegal lumbering was also reduced drastically as Chiefs stood up in protection of forest resources. Farmers embraced the modern farming practices that ensured higher productivity leading to reduction in poverty level.

Helping Hand Association for Women's Development

Address: P.O. Box 3430, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 22 18 09
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mary Kpordotsi
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Groots International

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To empower women in income generating activities; to reduce poverty; to create awareness about women's multi-faceted contributions to development.

Illustrative Project:

Environment Conservation and Poverty Reduction -The association organized women to clear water reeds (Pista Stratiotes and Tyha species)  from a river for fishing. They also planted trees along the river bank. The women now smoke fish for an income.

Hot Springs Organisation

Address: P.O. Box 786, Teshie, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 716 410
Fax:
Email: HOSPRO@wnscc.africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Seth Sammy Truman
Type of Organization: International
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The purpose of our organization is to help to improve the health needs of the people especially HIV/AIDS; to assist the disabled and the aged; to assist in the fight against deforestation, desertification and widespread environmental degredation; to solicit financial assistance for the rural communities particularly women to enable them to improve their small scale businesses.

Illustrative Project:

We recently held a workshop on the aged in the central region of Ghana for over five hundred participants at Agona Swedru. We taught them on good eating habits, personal hygiene, etc. We followed it up with a working visit whereby we arranged for an eye specialist to screen their eyes and spectacles were issued to them free of charge. The result of these workshops were that some of the aged are now able to read clearly and go about their normal jobs without difficulty.

Integrated Social Development Centre - Accra

Address: P.O. Box 19452, Accra-North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 30 60 69 / 30 21 03 / 30 10 64
Fax: 233 21 23 16 87 / 23 16 88
Email: isodec@ncs.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Charles Abugre
Type of Organization: National / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1987
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Earned income / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Third World Netwrok Africa Secretariat

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To work for sustainable human development through the empowerment of women and other marginalized groups.

Illustrative Project:

ISODEC coordinates the National Civil Society Council - a coalition of groups for Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI) involving civil society organizations (CSOs), Governments and the World Bank.

Integrated Social Development Centre - Tamale

Address: P.O. Box 686, Tamale, Ghana
Phone: 233 71 22 803
Fax: 233 71 22 803
Email: isonet@ncs.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Juliana Iwamang
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1983
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Earned income / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Third World Network

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Poverty elimination through empowerment of the poor to deal with both the structural causes of poverty and its negative effects.

Illustrative Project:

The Family Reproductive Health Programme assists seven local non-governmental organizations in northern Ghana to develop appropriate institutional capacity, enable them to identify, plan, and effectively implement reproductive health projects through community based needs assessment. The seven organizations have been trained on developing monitoring systems, conducting baseline research to measure impact of projects.

International Needs - Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 690, Dansoman Estates, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 22 66 20 / 23 65 82
Fax: 233 21 22 66 20
Email: intneeds@ghana.com
Internet:
Contact: Walter A. Pimpong
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1897
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors / Individuals
Affiliations: International Needs - Canada

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote human and community development for the relief of socio-economic, cultural, and religious injustices. Focus has been on women and children in deprived zones of Ghana.

Illustrative Project:

The project identifies a target population of women and girls whose rights have been infringed upon as a result of a cultural practice that confines victims to fetish shrines for years, and in some cases, for life. The project has managed to abolish the practise and a Bill has been passed as a result of advocacy. Shrine owners have also been negotiated with for the release of victims. 460 slave women and girls have been actually released out of an estimated 4,500. Counselling and rehabilitation services have been provided for the 460 women and girls, as well as their integration into civil society.

John William Montessori School

Address: P.O. Box 6780, Tanaso-Kumasi, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 22 66 20 / 23 65 82
Fax: 233 5 15 04 47
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Joseph Badu-Yeboah
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1997
International Working Language: English / French
Local Working Language: Ashanti / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: American Montesori Association / African Action on AIDS (AAA)

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Educate Youth-Prevention AIDS; conflict resolution

Illustrative Project:

Built regular and formal school for 300 children from 4 to 12; undertook actions in child care area by housing 20 children; prepared workshops on AIDS prevention and conflict resolution.

Konongo Community Environment and Development

Address: P.O. Box 259, Konongo, A.A., Ghana
Phone: 233 51 0531 203
Fax: 233 51 28 317
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Other sources
Affiliations: Non-Government Liaison Service

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Research through environment and development; capacity building through workshops; communication through movies, mass media & adult education; mobilization of people for environmental cleanliness; organizing seminars on girl-child education.

Illustrative Project:

Workshops for public opinion leaders to create awareness on gold mining in Konongo community; sending articles on environmental pollution at Konongo community to members of parliament, and national newspapers; illegal mining of gold minimized, security tightened to stop unauthorized surface mining - galamsey (local name); government water policy; good road network - especially to Agogo hospital; mining company's building schools; women NGO education on street children and day-care centres.

Life-Link Ghana

Address: Bay 1, 5th Floor, State House, P.B. 168, Accra/Nsawam, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 25 73
Fax: 233 21 66 55 78
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Nana Akuffo-Lartey
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1989
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote communication and co-operation between young people; to network on environmental issues which young people face in particular; to contribute to a peaceful world through international exchange activities.

Illustrative Project:

Activities, such as youth exchanges, training programmes, conferences in over 178 communities. Information, education. Training courses, and training for trainers.

Lolonyo Women's Club

Address: P.O. Box 1562, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 77 28 38
Fax: 233 21 77 67 12 / 66 22 10
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Augustine Ouorshigah
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1983
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ewe / Akan / Ashanti
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Groots International

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To improve living conditions for members through voluntary work and participatory approaches. Specifically, the group provides the conditions to enable the members to create a culture of nurturing neighborliness and concern for each other.

Illustrative Project:

Implementation of some of the priority areas of UN-NADAF; participation in the mid-term review of UN-NADAF (the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s).

Mediation & Change

Address: P.O. Box 5945, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 778 507
Fax: 233 21 778 500
Email: ebn@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Kwesi Aaku, Facilitator
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region / Local
Members:
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations: Responding to Conflict, UK

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Mediation & Change is a non-profit NGO specialised in conflict prevention and mediation in West Africa. It also works on human rights and democracy. It organises non-violence workshops conducted by outreach teams, as well as conferences. Besides training, the activities of Mediation & Change include fact-finding, early warning and mediation. It co-operates with Responding to Conflict in the United Kingdom.

Illustrative Project:

One of the activities of the centre is a programme in which Christian and Muslim people from Nigeria and Sierra Leone are brought together. The program tries to create awareness for tolerance and peaceful co-existence through dialogue between the two religious groups.

Methodists Women's Assembly

Address: P.O. Box 4, Bogoso, W/R, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Charlotte Baah
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Women / Elderly
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Fante / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: International Women's Tribune Centre

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To deal with widowhood rites, puberty rites, female circumcision, child marriage, prostitution, AIDS, sexual abuse, violence against women, rural women and development, single parents, women industrial workers, occupational hazards, teenage preganancy and abortion.

Illustrative Project:

Our groups has aquired 100 acres of land to cultivate a teak farm. These trees are used for electric poles and also as a check against deforestation. The money accrued from the sales would be used to better the lot of women and also fight against injustices against women, especially regarding inheritance.

Namalteng Integrated Development Programme

Address: P.O. Box 91, Bolgatanga, Ghana
Phone: 233 072 2409
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: P.P. Tushyin
Type of Organization: Regional / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Earth Action, USA

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To provide voluntary service, finance, and support/training to local groups.

Illustrative Project:

School for the Deaf - Namalteng established a regional school for the deaf in the Upper East Region. The School is two  years old now with 40 deaf children and three teachers.

National Union of Ghana Students

Address: Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS), Room 36, Ministries, P.O. Box 157, Legon,
Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 250 307 / 250 308
Fax: 233 21 250 307 / 250 308
Email:
Internet:
Contact: John Gregory Kugblenu
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1940
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Akan / Ewe / Fante
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Other sources
Affiliations: Africa Youth Network / ECOSOC

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To offer a common forum to  discuss problems of students; coordinate students' activities; formulate students' opinion on matters of mutual concern and to generally develop a spirit of militant participation and of revolutionary awareness and principle pride in the positive aspect of their cultural heritage; to promote co-operation and understanding between students; to promote high quality tertiary education. 100 000 members.

Illustrative Project:

Successfuly  fought  for students' welfare; debated on national issues; gave supported  the  development process; supported educational campaigns for voter turnout; supported the democratization process; published educational materials for voter turnout and on AIDS/HIV.

National Youth Council - Ghana

Address: National Youth Centre, Kaneshie, P.B. 777, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 22 12 46
Fax: 233 21 22 27 45
Email:
Internet:
Contact: E. K. Nawurah
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1974
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors / Other sources
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To mobilize and coordinate activities of youth organizations for national development; to develop the spirit of self-reliance, leadership and national pride among young people; to promote the rejuvenation of the rural population aiming at preventing an urban drift of rural youth; to provide opportunities for the promotion of health and sporting activities for young people.

Illustrative Project: 

Leadership training (450 trainees in 1995). Running work camps. Environmental campaigns. Health campaigns against drug abuse of adolescents. Youth exchange programmes. Establishment of a youth institute in Sandem, upper eastern region for 17 youth organizations.

New Patriotic Party - Youth Wing

Address: P.B. 7384, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 22 19 52
Fax:
Email: gloria.ob@ug.gn.apc.org
Internet:
Contact: Sampson Ahenkorah
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Other sources
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote democratic education of young people in Ghana; to support and mobilize voters for the mother party.

Illustrative Project:

Organizing rallies; workshops and seminars to teach and discuss liberal democratic ideas and principles; mobilize voters; encourage youth participation in NPP.

Nkwantakese Rural Development Centre

Address: c/o Postal Agent, Nkwantakese, Kumasi, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: J.K. Brantuo
Type of Organization: Provincial / Africa Region / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1985
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ashanti / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To pursue the development of rural people's social, economic and environmental welfare.

Illustrative Project:

The organization tried to establish the Nkwantakese Agricultural Institute to train youth in the scientific methods of farming. This was done in order to make good use of the little land at our disposal.

Nsoatreman Rural Bank Ltd.

Address: P.O. Box 1614, Sunyani, Brong Ahafo, Ghana
Phone: 233 61 27 057 / 23 669
Fax:
Email: esarps@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1984
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Earned income
Affiliations: Freedom From Hunger

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To mobilize savings in the Catchment area and offer credit to the poor in the community; alleviate poverty by providing credit for productive activities, to enhance customers.

Illustrative Project:

The Bank, through its inputs and credit education programme, provides micro-credit to  poor rural women found within its catchment area. Apart from credit, the programme undertakes basic education sessions in health and nutrition. Topics covered include breast-feeding, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, infant and child feeding, diarrhea management and prevention. The programme currently covers 4,000 women with loans ranging from $50 - $500.

Organization of African Trade Union Unity

Address: P.O. Box M 386, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 508 855
Fax: 233 21 508 851 / 508 853
Email: oatuu@ighmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Hassan A. Sunmonu
Type of Organization: International / Africa Region
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1973
International Working Language: English / French
Local Working Language: Akan / Ashanti / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Earned income
Affiliations: OAU / ILO / ECOSOC / Africa Trade Network / ECOSOC

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Coordinate activities of African national trade union centres and trade union rights; promote participatory people-empowered democracy in Africa; promote Africa's economic integration and development; promote employment creation and poverty eradication; promote social development and empowerment of women; eradicate child labour; eradicate HIV/AIDS; protect environment.

Illustrative Project:

The OATU Human Resource Development and Capacity Building Project through which African trade union leaders are given seminars on:

the democratization problems in Africa and the role of the trade union; the integration of Africa's economy and the role of the trade union; the empowerment of women for development; occupational health and safety and the environment.

Orphanage Help Women Group

Address: P.O. Box 54, Jasikan-Buem, V/R, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mrs. M.O. Makafui
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ewe / Twi / Ashanti
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Protection of Children's rights

Illustrative Project:

Housing and feeding orphans

Partners in Development International

Address: P.O. Box 163, Offinso-Ashanti, Ghana
Phone: 233 051 20 334
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mr. Douglas Annor
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1986
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ashanti
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help the rural poor.

Illustrative Project:

Organizing poor rural communities to establish schools and housing.

Pentecostal Social Services

Address: International Headquarters, P.O. Box 2194, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 021 76 25 81
Fax: 233 021 77 47 21
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1980
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ashanti / Akan / Ewe / Twi
Source of Annual Budget: Earned income / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Church of Pentecost

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help mould the character of youth based on sound Christian ethics; to supplement the efforts of the government in the provision of social services in the areas of education, health, sanitation, social welfare; to create an enabling environment for poverty alleviation through training and employment strategies; to reach out to the rural areas which would otherwise not get social services.

Illustrative Project:

Education: establishment of several 1st and 2nd cycle institutions.

Presbyterian Church of Ghana - Health Services

Address: P.O. Box 1800, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 25 11 / 66 47 61 x 21
Fax: 233 21 66 55 94
Email: pcg@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Yao Yeboah
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1928
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ga
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations: World Council of Churches Christian Medical Commission

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To provide holistic health to all persons, especially the poor and needy and to lead them to God.

Illustrative Project:

The training of key managers of the Church's health institutions to effectively plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health programmes, which meet the needs of the poor, women and children.

Rehoboth Catering and Orphanage

Address: P.O. Box DD80, Dodowa, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 672 747
Fax:
Email: Rehorphan@yahoo.com
Internet:
Contact: Ms. Doris Owusu
Type of Organization:
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors / Earned Income
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Offer effective care to destitute needy children.

Illustrative Project:

Sending older orpans for vocational training to acquire skills.

S.D.A. Church - Women's Ministries Department

Address: P.O. Box 34, Darkuman, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 30 86 34
Fax: 233 21 30 86 34
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Leticia Koomson
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Ga
Source of Annual Budget: Membership dues
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Help disaster victims, counsel youth about drugs and pregnancy, HIV/AIDS.

Illustrative Project: 

Prepared and posted billboards nationwide on HIV/AIDS, made donations to hospitals, prisons. Organised series of congresses, seminars and retreats on skills and gainful employment. 

Save the Global Masses

Address: P.O. Box 1271, Tema, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 54 71 67
Fax: 233 21 22 09 99
Email:
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1995
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To bring about human development by introducing income generating activities; to protect animal and plant life.

Illustrative Project:

The organization has built a vocational center which trains the youth in various courses. The members go out and create awareness among the local people on health and education, as well as environmental sanitation.

Society for the Physically Disabled Women's Wing

Address: P.O. Box 982, Mamprobi, Accra, Ghana
Phone:
Fax: 233 21 66 315
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Catherine Isagli
Type of Organization: National / Rural
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ewe / Akan / Ga
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: National Council on Women and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help disabled women.

Illustrative Project:

Due to the high illiteracy rate among women with disabilities in the rural areas of Ghana, the organization is actively engaged in training its members to read and write in local dialects. Training is also given in simple accounting, dressmaking, as well as educating the general public on the plight of women with disabilities, especially the violence perpetrated against them. Workshops and seminars have been held to help women with disabilities in their marriage endeavors.

Society for the Welfare of Young People in the Rural Area

Address: P.O. Box 1181, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 236 462
Fax: 233 21 221 744
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Cecilia O. Owusu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1996
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Business management and entrepreneurial training.

Illustrative Project:

We train women in dressmaking, hairdressing, batik, catering, etc.

Society of Ghana Women Medical and Dental Practitioners

Address: 116 Korle Bu, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 23 38 63
Fax: 233 21 77 27 05
Email:
Internet:
Contact: R. Manu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1970
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe / Ga
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: Medical Women International Association

Action Areas:

Purpose:

General welfare of women medical and dental practitioners; overall well being of women and children; voluntary service to all, especially the sick and destitute.

Illustrative Project:

We have organized a women's wellness clinic in which we screen for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer, or any other silent ailments.

Tamale Archdiocesam Development  Office

Address: P.O. Box 43, Tamale, Ghana
Phone: 233 72 32 40
Fax: 233 71 24 25
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Mark Attabeh
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors
Affiliations: CRILEISA

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The goal of Women and Development (WAD) is to sensitize all structures, specially all sectors of TADO and the communities within which we work on issues of gender. In doing so, particular attention will be laid on empowerment of women with the view to raising their socio-economic and spiritual status, enhancing their standard of living and in helping to eliminate all forms of discrimination which hampers the advancement of women.

Illustrative Project:

Our gender awareness training has helped to solve the problem of women not having access to land in order to do their own farming; integrated projects implemented in target areas has also addressed gender issues.

The International Association for the Advancement of Women in Africa

Address: P.O. Box 9578, Kia, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 502 903
Fax: 233 21 237 423
Email: esngroup@ighmail.com
Internet:
Contact: Ernsetina Naana Hagan
Type of Organization: Regional / Rural / Commuity / Urban
Members: Men / Women
Year Founded: 1982
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Fante
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Women in Law and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote the economic empowerment of women in Africa.

Illustrative Project:

Training in improved methods of fish smoking: This has enabled rural fisherwomen to smoke their catch in ways that allow for maximum profit, with less use of firewood,  in less time and with less spoilage.  

Trades Union Congress

Address: P.O. Box 701, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 25 68 / 66 96 75 / 66 68 03
Fax: 233 21 66 71 61
Email: tuc@ncs.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: C.A. Agyei
Type of Organization: National / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1945
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Fante
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: Inernational Confederation of Free Trade Unions

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Trade Union organization to protect workers rights.

Illustrative Project:

Our Voter Education Campaign towards the 1996 National Presidential and Parliamentary Election contributed to over 70% voter turn-out in the elections. We also participated in the monitoring process.

United Women's Front

Address: P.O. Box 12697, Accra-North, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 22 12 76 / 30 32 66
Fax: 233 21 78 00 19
Email:
Internet:
Contact: R. Baffor-Gyima
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Women in Law and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To empower women and youth economically and politically; to encourage women to take up politics and public life.

Illustrative Project:

The organization has established a vocational training institute at Ablekima District. This institute trains single teenage mothers and other youth. The institute gives them shelter and trains them in ways to generate their own income and become employable, so that they do not become misfits in society.

Village Enterprises and Rural Development Organization

Address: P.O. Box 102, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 66 35 54
Fax: 233 66 59 60
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Kwamina Nyarko
Type of Organization: Provincial / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Fante / Twi / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Village Enterprise Fund

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To create self-employment for the members of the community for economic and social advancement and to develop our community with social amenities.

Illustrative Project:

Through small business development and entrepreneurship projects, financially handicapped parents have now sent their children to school. The project has also helped in setting up a community market.

Voluntary Workcamps Association of Ghana

Address: High Street, External Communication (Behind P & T), P.B. 1540, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 34 86
Fax: 233 21 66 34 86 / 66 59 60
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Francis Atta Donkor
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Men / Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1956
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ga / Twi / Fante / Aka
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To bring together all people interested in voluntary work and work camps aiming at fostering the spirit of common understanding among different groupings of people; to foster a spirit of voluntarism and service to mankind among young people; to organize and assist local and national efforts in development projects. 13000 members.

Illustrative Project:

Managed 20 work camps in 1995.; organised leadership training courses (two each with 35 participants); held Biennial National Congress in 1996 (175 participants); organised training in dress tailoring for 30 adolescent mothers; organised work camps between 1956 and 1996 (carpentry, masonry, dress making, etc); established a Blacksmith Training Centre; established a 15 acre tree farm; established poultry farms with 3000 birds.

West Africa Network for Peacebuilding

Address: AMPOMAH House 3rd, 37 Dzorwulu High Way, P.O. Box CT 4434,
Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 221 318 / 221 388
Fax: 233 21 221 735
Email: wanep@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Samuel Gbaydee Doe, Executive Director
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded:
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget:
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is a network of peace-building practioners and organisations in West Africa. It aims to serve as an enabling and facilitating mechanism for peace builders and to provide a forum for the exchange of experience and information on issues of human rights, conflict resolution/transformation, social, religious and political reconciliation, and peace building. WANEP carried out research on West African approaches to conflict resolution and publishes the results, operates a peace-building internship program, and works to rehabilitate and re-integrate ex-combatants, especially ex-child soldiers, into post-war West African societies.

Illustrative Project:

WANEP publishes a newsletter and has produced a number of training materials.

Women's Research Group

Address: P.O. Box 59, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 50 07 86
Fax:
Email: faded@uggn.org
Internet:
Contact: Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf
Type of Organization: National
Members: Men / Women
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Earned income
Affiliations: Women in Law and Development

Action Areas:

Purpose:

We are a research and development consortium for the promotion of gender and development through mobilization of academics and development in action-oriented research, dissemination and advocacy.

Illustrative Project:

Gender compendium on the status of women in Ghana; in the fields of population; agriculture and environment; education; health and nutrition; work and labour; law and politics; culture and religion.

Women's World Banking Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 2989, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 243 260 / 243 261
Fax: 233 21 243 261
Email: wwbg@africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: A. Aquah-Adubah
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1988
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Fante / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: Women's World Banking, New York

Action Areas:

Purpose:

The core mission of WWBG is to enhance the economic status of micro and small scale women entrepreneurs by raising their living standards through business training, business counseling, information dissemination, networking opportunities and provision of savings and credit facilities. This is meant to facilitate their integration into the economic mainstream, thus facilitating their economic empowerment.

Illustrative Project:

WWBG provides financial and technical services to micro and small-scale entrepreneurs, mainly women. Since 1991, when WWBG went into direct financial services and micro finance activities such as savings mobilization and granting of credit and loans, we have had 12,449 savers and 1,167 loanees as at September 1997. WWBG has also trained over 2,000 participants in formal and informal business and financial management and export since WWBG became operational in 1988.

Young Men's Christian Association - Ghana

Address: Castle Road, Adabraka, P.B. 738, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 22 47 00
Fax: 233 21 22 62 46
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Samuel H. E. Anim
Type of Organization: National / Urban
Members: Men / Youth
Year Founded: 1948
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Fante / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors / Earned income
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To develop young people into wholesome human beings; to foster positive change in young people's lives; to create opportunities for young people for personal development through skill training. 7000 members.

Illustrative Project:

Running of hostel; training of youth in a vocational training centre; running a day care centre; recreational activities; family life education; capacity development programme.

Young Women's Christian Association of Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 1504, Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 220 567 / 221 944
Fax: 233 21 665 960
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Gifty Alema-Mensah
Type of Organization: International / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1952
International Working Language: English / French
Local Working Language: Twi / Ewe / Fante
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors / Earned income
Affiliations: World YWCA / The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To enhance the roles and socio-economic status of women and provide opportunities for their spiritual development.

Illustrative Project:

In the field of education, the association has established a school that trains secretaries, home managers and dressmakers who go out and get employed or become self-employed to earn a living and become useful citizens.

Youth Action International

Address: P.O. Box 376, Legon-Accra, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 500 505
Fax: 233 21 504 204
Email: kyai@gado.africaonline.com.gh
Internet:
Contact: Edward Amankwah
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Akan / Twi / Fante / Ewe
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: Women Environment Development Organization (WEDO)

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote opportunities and development of education; provide inter-cultural learning; promote natural resource sustainability, economic viability, and environmental issues; promote and improve the quality of adolescent reproductive health and drug demand reduction.

Illustrative Project:

Adolescent reproductive health project: the target group was in-school and out-of-school youth. We used advocacy and peer leaders to reach out to the group. Issues that we concentrated on included HIV/AIDS and genital tract infections. Our programmes reinforce community mobilization.

Youth Association for Human development

Address: P.O. Box 319, Akimoda, Ghana
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Djan-Asante
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Twi / Akan / Ga
Source of Annual Budget: Membership donors / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: African Action on AIDS / CENCOSAD

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To address the problem of HIV/AIDS amongst the youth of the Birim North district in the eastern region of Ghana.

Illustrative Project:

Establishment of STOP AIDS clubs in schools; organization of workshops and seminars in schools and communities. Since 1993,  the organization has carried out an  awarness campaign among 30,000 young people  in 100 schools.

Youth Development Foundation  - Ghana

Address: P.O. Box 4941, Kumasi, Ghana
Phone: 233 51 29 185 / 29 186 / 7
Fax: 233 51 23 622
Email: ypic@ighmail.com
Internet:
Contact:
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1989
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Ashanti
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Mentoring of youth.

Youth Development Project

Address: D-6 Rd-3, Blk D, 3 Road Ridge, P.B. 1271, Cape Coast, Ghana
Phone: 233 21 66 48 59
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Kodjo Baidoo
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1997
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Fante / Twi / Ewe / Akan
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help raise the education of young people beyond mere literacy and numeracy; ecological/environmental education. To organize exchange programmes and use them as educational opportunities. To provide psychotherapeutic services for guidance and services departments.

Illustrative Project:

Organization of sub-regional tours; forums on ecological related issues; research into educational opportunities and scholarship packages to students who cannot afford to study abroad; mobilization of youth for development; reservation of water bodies in a village; tree planting scheme with the assistance of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Youth Ministry Division - Methodists Church

Address: Cape Coast District, P.B 20, Cape Coast, Ghana
Phone: 233 42 33 00 6 / 33 39 1
Fax:
Email:
Internet:
Contact: Banasco Essiamah
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1946
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Fante
Source of Annual Budget: Other
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To give support and direction to youth work in the church by coordinating the work; to promote unity in  public relations and management of youth organizations; to train and monitor leadership.

Illustrative Project:

Convening district youth divisional and council meetings; preparation of reports and presentation to the Synod; organization of rallies, conferences and other youth services; organization of leadership training courses for youth organizations; organization of counseling and career guidance for young people; attendance of regional and international meetings.