Ophelia studies with the sole family lamp in the shadow of tax-avoiding Accra Brewery
Photo: Jane Hahn/ActionAid
Regional Rights Programme
Greater Accra Region is one of Ghana's ten administrative districts two metropolitan, six municipal and two ordinary districts.
The Greater Accra Region is the smallest of the 10 administrative regions in terms of area, but the second most populated region, after the Ashanti Region.
ActionAid’s Regional Rights Programme started in July 2001 in the Ga District in the Greater Accra Region.
Greater Accra is divided into Ga East, Ga West and Ga South Districts with Abokobi, Amasaman and Weija as the respective capitals.
Predominant occupation in Ga area is cassava, maize, plantain, vegetables and commercial fruits farming.
The ActionAid programme in the region covers 24 communities in the Ga East, West and South Districts as well as the Accra Metropolitan Area.
Being a peri-urban area it faces the problems of HIV and Aids, jobless and insecurity among others. Selling and re-selling of land has also resulted in clashes over land and sand harvesting is degrading farmland.
ActionAid’s work in the area focuses on strengthening primary education and adult literacy programmes while in food security we focus on improving farming methods and diversifying farming options.
In Women’s rights, ActionAid facilitates skills training for women and rights education campaigns in both women’s rights and HIV and Aids. The organisation supports networks of people living with HIV and care and support.
ActionAid supports alternative dispute resolution methods for Chiefs, Queen mothers and opinion leaders to enable them do mediation in civil cases.