Ghana was the first African nation to gain independence – in 1957. Ghana is home to over 25 million people. Seventy per cent of Ghana’s people depend on subsistence farming to survive. Droughts and floods are common, and many families regularly experience severe food shortages.
ActionAid is a global justice Federation working to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. Throughout the world, ActionAid works to strengthen the capacity and active agency of people living in poverty and exclusion, especially women, to assert their rights.
We work directly with communities, with people’s organisations, women’s movements, groups and networks, social movements and other allies to overcome the structural causes and consequences of poverty and injustice. We connect the work we do at community level with broader efforts and struggles for justice at every level to make the greatest contribution towards a just, equitable and sustainable world.
Guided by feminist and human rights-based principles and approaches, we seek to shift and transform power, through empowerment, solidarity, campaigning and the generation of alternatives to ensure that every person can enjoy a life of dignity and freedom from all forms of oppression.
ActionAid prioritises the leadership of women and young people, especially those living in poverty and exclusion, in our efforts to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. We create platforms for collective action and solidarity by enabling people around the world to unite and contribute to social justice struggles in various ways – as active citizens, supporters, staff and volunteers.
Around the world, ActionAid is rooted in the contexts where we operate and proudly upholds our primary accountability to the people most affected by unequal power relations.
A just, equitable and sustainable world in which every person enjoys the right to a life of dignity, freedom from poverty and all forms of oppression.
To achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty eradication by working with people living in poverty and exclusion, their communities, people’s organisations, activists, social movements and supporters.
• Mutual Respect, requiring us to recognise the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity
• Equity and Justice, requiring us to ensure the realisation of our vision for everyone, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, race, ethnicity, caste, class, age, HIV status, disability, location and religion
• Integrity, requiring us to be honest, transparent and accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and our use of resources and open in our judgements and communications with others
• Solidarity with People Living in Poverty and Exclusion will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against poverty, injustice, and gender inequality
• Courage of Conviction, requiring us to be creative and radical, bold and innovative – without fear of failure - in pursuit of making the greatest possible impact on the causes of poverty, injustice, and gender inequality
• Independence from any religious or party-political affiliation
• Humility, recognising that we are part of a wider alliance against poverty and injustice
The ActionAid Federation has committed to applying a feminist lens and values in our work, which will guide us in interpreting and advancing our mission and these values.
ActionAid in Ghana
ActionAid began operating in Ghana in 1990 and now works with more than two million people living in poverty in the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Brong Ahafo, Volta and Greater Accra regions.
ActionAid Ghana supports the basic needs and rights of the poor. We do not impose solutions but work with communities to strengthen their own efforts, making the most of their knowledge and experience, to improve their access to services. We also work with government, community groups, partners and others to make policies that enhance the quality of life or change policies and practices that affect their lives negatively.
ActionAid Ghana uses a rights-based approach (that is working within the human rights framework) to development to help build peoples power to hold duty bearers to account, protect the rights of the poor and vulnerable with the hope of eradicating poverty.
ActionAid Ghana's work in the women's rights theme focuses on women in leadership, violence against girls and women and women empowerment.
AtionAid Ghana invests heavily in education. Our emphasis is on securing girls' and women's right to education, access for excluded groups, adequate resources for education, and works to ensure participation, transparency and accountability in the education sector. We support basic education and have succeeded in increasing access to formal education.
In the food rights and climate change theme, we support women groups and communities to increase their yields, increase household food security by training farmers in modern agronomic practices. We also ensure that our communities have access to safe drinking water by constructing wells and mini dams to lengthen the period of cultivation throughout the dry season. We also support communities with grain banks to store excess harvest for use during the hunger period.
Ghana is the first country programme to become an Associate of ActionAid International with a local Board membership of 13, launched on 4th March 2005.