Our focus is on structural approaches to tackling poverty, particularly conflict management and peace building, rights based advocacy, tax justice and gender equality.
We have a good track record of working through strategic partners who deliver at scale and speed. We support the growth of movements, networks and coalitions to promote transparency, accountability and pro-poor development. Our partners are a mixture of religious and secular organisations, networks and coalitions. One of our strengths is supporting new movements for change, with a focus on market access.
Our areas of expertise
We are helping Ghanaian citizens to be empowered to participate effectively in decision making and demand accountability.
We are working with poor farmers to improve their access to services, assets and markets they need for a resilient livelihood.
We believe women and other marginalised groups should be integrated into governance and economic policies and increase their participation in formal and informal decision making structures. Our actions include civic education and mentoring women and girls.
- More citizens, especially marginalised groups, participating in district and national development planning and monitoring.
- Transparent, equitable and accountable government decision making.
- Increased tax transparency and fairness.
- Greater representation by women and girls.
- Systemic change in markets with more access for marginalised people, especially women.
- Trade and agricultural policies and practice which fit the needs of small-scale food crop farmers and their communities.
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Our partner, SEND, runs the Grassroots Economic Literacy and Advocacy programme in four regions. This project helps citizens to monitor and improve the delivery of government initiatives, such as the school feeding programme and National Health Insurance scheme. The success of this programme contributed to SEND winning the ONE Africa award.
Gender and governance
ABANTU for Development is working to change women’s lives by helping them to become more involved in governance. It has worked across six districts in Ghana to complement efforts to support women to be represented and participate effectively at local government levels and other decision making spaces.
Approaches that were adopted include the creation of a favourable socio-cultural and gender sensitive environment supportive of women’s participation. Activities also include increasing women’s knowledge and understanding of the electoral governance.
We are working with our partner, Ghana Integrity Initiative, to promote an equitable and transparent tax system in Ghana. Focusing on issues such as the role of tax incentives in Ghana’s development process and the enforcement of national tax laws, we are making the links between taxation and good governance visible, and fostering conversations and actions that will lead to change.
Technology for markets
The Youth Harvest Foundation launched the My Price pilot project, which used mobile phones to give poor smallholder farmers access to market information, including commodity prices by crop and market, wholesale and retail prices, and goods available for sale.
This has been scaled up to other districts in the My Pharm project where farmers are being enabled to have an empowered and inclusive role in the market systems.
We work on several large donor-funded programmes in Ghana. A selection are below:
The Growing Economic Opportunities for Sustainable Development project (GEOP) is a three-year , EU-funded project that seeks to promote local economic development in a sustainable environment across the Western and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana. More about GEOP.
Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness (STAR-Ghana) is a voice and empowerment programme which supports civil society to achieve increased accountability and responsiveness of the state to citizens. More about STAR-Ghana.
The Improving Maternal Health Service Delivery through Participatory Governance project (IMPROVE) is a three-year EU-funded project, which is implemented across 30 districts in the three Northern Regions of Ghana by Christian Aid and SEND Ghana.
The overall objective of this project is to influence and ensure effective delivery of maternal health services in Ghana and progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goal five: improve maternal health. The total budget for the project is €656,180.
The Growing Rice Market Opportunities for Women (GROW) in northern Ghana is a two-year project that seeks to promote Ghana to become completely self-sufficient in rice production by 2018.
The project will contribute to poverty reduction and economic development by improving household incomes, food security and employment of beneficiaries across the rice value chain, especially women entrepreneurs who carry out parboiling processing of rice. The total budget of this two year project is €368,159.
Maximising Rice and Key Enterprises in Target Sites (Markets) is a five-year project that seeks to capitalise on the rapidly expanding domestic rice market. It will target an estimated 6,782 beneficiaries (rice farmers and processors as well as vegetable farmers) in the Upper East Region (UER) of Ghana. The total budget for the project is £1,546,385.
Northern Ghana Green Market
The Northern Ghana Green Market (NGGM) project aims to increase incomes of vegetable farmers through an inclusive ‘green’ vegetable market system. Christian Aid is partnering with a local partner (CAOF) to implement this project in the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions, working with 3,000 producers. The total budget for the project is £1,300,000 over a three year period.
Women in Governance (WIG – Faith based)
Christian Aid Ghana is working with the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) to implement the Women in Governance Project (WIG). This three-year project seeks to address the issue of low representation of women and girls at the decision-making levels of the church by developing their capacity for leadership, promoting gender-friendly biblical teachings as well as facilitating the creation of enabling environment. The project is implemented in the Greater Accra, Northern and Ashanti regions of Ghana.