Advocacy programme to strengthen CSOs launched

A group pose with Dr. Ben V. Nyamadi(seated sixth from left),Mr. Andre de Jeger(seated second from left) and other participants.Photo victor Buxton (3)A Five-year advocacy programme aimed at strengthening civil society organisation (CSOs) to contribute to sustainable energy, sanitation and food security was launched in Accra yesterday.

Voice for Change Partnership is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and implemented by SNV, an international research and advocacy orgainsation.

To be implemented on three thematic areas-strengthening the capacities of CSOs, dissemination of data on research and support for advocacy plans, the 35 million Euros project would also help improve hygiene, sanitation and clean water for Ghanaians.

Launching the programme, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Alhaji Limuna Muniru Mohammed in a speech read on his behalf said the initiative was in line with government’s development agenda on sustainable energy, adding that solar panels were distributed to hairdressers and barbers.

He urged effective collaboration among the implementing civil society organisations which included Paeasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Coalition of Non Governmental Organisations in Water and Sanitation and Community Water and Sanitation Agency.

Mr. Thiery Van Helden, First Secretary, Kingdom of Netherlands said Ghana and Netherlands could increase trade on cocoa, palm oil and other agricultural products.

He said Ghana’s economy could be transformed if the partnership between the government, civil society organisations and the private sector was enhanced.

That aside, he urged the government to create an enabling environment and structural reforms to transform Ghana’s agriculture sector.

Mr. Andre de Jeger, Country Director, SNV Ghana advocated alternative renewable energy to connect more Ghanaians to the national grid.

He said nutrition and sanitation were essential to the wellbeing of every nation.

Mr. Jeger said civil society organisations were critical components of every development agenda and urged the implementing partners to work to ensure its successful implementation.

SNV is not-for profit international development organisation, founded in the Netherlands fifty years ago.

The organisation has been in Ghana since 1991 and currently implements projects in all ten regions, providing capacity strengthening support to individuals, communities and businesses.

In Ghana, the SNV is also focused on poverty reduction in line with Ghana’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

By Malik Sullemana & Lisanne Dornoff


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