With a national office established in Tamale in 1994, and a liaison office in Accra, there was the need for strategic programming and impact assessment to link community interventions to national development priorities. ActionAid would later phase out from Chereponi in 2009.
Northern region has a long history of ethnic and chieftaincy-related conflicts and other emergencies emanating from perennial drought and bushfires.
Most people in the north practice farming maize, groundnut beans, rice and yam. They also keep cattle. They also engage in petty trading and production of Sheabata (oil extracted from shea nut tree).
The two regions of north east and north west merged to form one regional programme called Northern Region Development programme in 2008.
The new region has two development areas covering 16 districts of Cheroponi, Yendi, East and West Mamprusi, Tatale, Bimbilla Bambaga and Bunkpurugu.
Other districts covered are; Tolon, Savelugu, East, west and Central Gonja, Gushiegu, Damongo, Salaga and Bole.
ActionAid works with key selected partners to implement programmes in the themes of food rights, education rights and women’s rights.
HIV and Aids, human security in conflicts and emergencies, decentralisation and local governance programmes are implemented across all the thematic areas.