1. Human Rights Advocacy and Justice
2. Governance/Strengthening People’s Organizations
3. Sustainable Livelihood Empowerment
5. Environmental/ Natural Resource Governance & Human Security
6. Education and Child Rights
1. Human Rights Advocacy and Justice.
Aimed at promoting economic, social, political and cultural rights of Persons With Disability (PWDs), Women, men and children in private and public life. We also work to promote strategic needs and human rights of vulnerable groups. This involves creating an enabling environment for marginalized groups to speak up for themselves and seek justice when faced with violence, abuse and exploitation.
The issues confronting women in rural Ghana are wide and varied and there are many entrenched inequalities; patriarchal family structures, socio-cultural beliefs and practices, institutional and political factors have combined to push women to the background, thus limiting their economic development and social status.
Campaigns are focused on PWDs and women’s property rights, human rights, child marriage, visibilising sexual violence on girls, impact of violence on women’s health among others.
Human rights advocacy, education and promotion for women, children and PWDs focusing on economic, social and cultural rights
2. Governance/Strengthening People’s Organizations.
Poor people’s Movements and Citizen Groups such as People with Disability (PWDs), Women Groups, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs), Female Headed Households (FHHs), Farmer Based Organizations (FBOs) etc sometimes lack the needed spaces to exercise their rights and participate in governance. They need to be empowered to demand accountability and responsiveness and challenge power structures. This theme focuses on mobilizing citizens to critically engage with duty bearers for their entitlements. This creates collective strengths to critically assess their situation .The people also gain confidence and legitimacy as citizens when the state responds to their needs. ” We are partnering CDD-Ghana to champion the innovative I Am Aware Project in the Upper East and Northern Regions. The IAA project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation of the USA promotes social accountability by providing user-friendly data on the state of public service delivery and creating spaces for citizen to demand improved service delivery. We are also Local Partners for a CDD-Ghana OSIWA funded project dubbed “Promoting Social Accountability through Citizens Participation in Local Governance Project.
3. Sustainable Livelihood Empowerment and Enterprise Development.
Based on a sound understanding of the economies of poor households, projects are designed with a multi-sectoral approach to increase access to productive resources, improved technology, enhance productivity, build strategic alliances and market access.
Women groups, Farmers and other enterprise groups are supported with microfinance, business skills and linkages to service providers and markets using a value chain and sustainable enterprise development models.
Innterventions focus on capacity building of farmers to engage in policy advocacy, providing Micro Credit and Enterprise Development support women groups engaged in basket weaving, sheabutter processing and petty trading using a value chain approach. Sustainable Livelihoods support through the provision of improved seed varieties, farming implements and agricultural training.
We use rights based approach to empower communities to work together to deliver their own solution through adopting win-win approaches to protect, preserve and sustainably utilize their natural resources.
The health arm is geared towards ensuring the full realization of the right to health by all as enshrined in the people charter for health. This is done by undertaking advocacy capacity building programmes, awareness and educational programmes on malaria, maternal and child health nutrition.
Empowering People Living with TB and HIV/AIDS to exercise their rights and access services and communities and institutions to create enabling environment. Promoting innovative TB and HIV/AIDS Case Finding.
5. Environmental/ Natural Resource Governance & Human Security.
Mobilizing women groups, farmers, hunters and traditional rulers to engage in practices that protect the environment and reduce climate change. Efforts are aimed at promoting sustainable utilisation of natural resources to ensure active participation of local communities. Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) are promoted using value chain approach and environmental sustainable business models.
Promoting community-led environmental protection by promoting win-win approaches such as Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs), Village Tree Enterprises (VTEs).
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture practices such as Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security (EBAFOSA), Climate Smart Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Agroforesty and Tree planting.
Promoting Peace building/conflict resolution and preventing natural resource related conflict. Promoting innovations in Water and Sanitation initiatives.
6. Education and Child Rights.
RISE-GHANA promotes the best interest of children through child protection interventions, promoting local participation in school governance to address issues of quality access, enrolment and retention of Orphans, vulnerable and children with special needs. This is done through advocacy and lobbying for resource allocation and improvement in infrastructure and human resource. OVCs from poor households are also supported to acquire education and employable skills.
Applying the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, strategies are adopted to promote and protect the rights of children by preventing abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect from household, economic and academic spheres. We campaign for school safety and abolishment of corporal punishment in school.
Facilitating the education of needy children by engaging in advocacy for propoor education policies and addressing issues of access and quality. Providing Skills Training for Orphans and Vulnerable Children to improve their livelihoods