RISE-Ghana is a Ghanaian local Human Rights, Governance and Environment Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in Ghana, West Africa with its Head Quarters in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The organization was founded by a group of young environment and human rights Activists in 2009 and officially registered in 2011. The Founders were motivated by the widespread poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, ineffective development approaches and poor accountability and responsiveness on the part of state and non state actors.
Desirous of influencing change, they decided to champion human rights and environmental sustainability approaches. This eventually led to the starting RISE-Ghana which has grown into a national NGO advocating and championing issues of disability and inclusive development, sustainable environment, human rights and governance.
We are guided by the human rights based principles of Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination, Empowerment and Linkage to human rights standards in our work.
We are inspired by the need to create an enabling environment for poor people’s movements such as Persons With Disability (PWDs), Vulnerable Women and Children, People Affected by Disease, Conflict and Environment Hazards to harness their full potential to influence change, realize their rights, access and control resources to make the desired improvements in their lives and live dignified lives and secure the best interest of their children and communities.
a. Vision, Mission and Objectives
Vision: A world in which Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability informs all actions to empower people to live in dignity.
Mission: To facilitate and initiate processes and programmes that empower Poor People’s movements to access and utilise the social, human and natural resources they need in a sustainable and timely manner to become self-reliant.
1. To promote health and environmentally sustainable livelihood practices.
2. To improve the rights of women, children and People with Disability (PWDs)
3. To facilitate knowledge sharing and skills acquisition for self-help and sustainable development.
4. To empower poor people’s movements economically and socially to live in dignity.
Our interventions are anchored on the sound principles of human rights based approaches and social and economic development as opposed to traditional aid and development approaches like ‘’needs based and charity approach’’.
This enjoins us to see poverty as a direct result of disempowerment and exclusion, thereby allowing us to uniquely tackle the root causes of poverty by viewing relationships in terms of rights and responsibilities.
We focus on highlighting human rights entitlements of the people, the corresponding obligation of government, promoting empowerment, participation and capacity building of citizens and local communities to create vibrant civil societies that can hold their government to account.
We use drama, participatory theatre and sports as advocacy and empowerment tools to create awareness, promote inclusive development and promote behaviour change on environment, health and human rights issues.
Murals, walks and shadow/poor people’s reports are also adopted based on local realities.
Our approach on environment issues focus on local initiatives, community participation and the promotion of win-win approaches.
People With Disability (PWDs)
Women/Female Headed Households and Girls
People Living with Disease ( HIV/AIDS and TB among others).
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs)
Farmer Based Organisations
Forest Dependent People