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The Pro-poor guideline policy is to deliver basic sanitation for the poor and vulnerable in the Country. The document was developed by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources with support from Stakeholders in the sanitation sector.

Sanitation being one of the biggest challenges in the Country was one of the contributing factors which was considered in developing the document. The guidelines is to ensure inclusion, equality and sustainability in providing directions for stakeholders to adequately reach the poor and the vulnerable without undermining community and cohesion in building their own latrines.

The document will also serve a working document and provide direction and guidance for all stakeholders in the Sanitation and hygiene in Ghana. The guidelines is available for download here

The entire public is hereby notified that Global Communities, Ghana has NO RELATIONSHIP  nor is it affiliated to a certain Global Coin Community Help (GCCH) International Limited or Global Coin Community Help Group in any way. Any member of the public, doing or intending to do business with them should find their correct contact and desist from picking contact numbers from Global Communities Ghana portal and sharing.

Digni-Loo

Global Communities under the WASH for Health Project funded by USAID is pleased to introduce into the Ghanaian Sanitation Market, the Digni-Loo. With over a year spent in conceptualizing, designing, piloting, refining, and certification, the Digni-Loo is expected to fill in a gap of combining functionality, safety and affordability.

For more information on the Digni-Loo, please contact any of the Field offices of Global Communities displayed at the bottom of the page. You may download the Digni-Loo Information Sheet, or Installation Guide

In collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Global Communities - YIEDIE held the Policy Action workshop on January 17th, 2018 at Coconut Groove Hotel in Accra. The workshop aimed to find ways of collectively improving the local business and environment to promote youth entrepreneurship, employment, and skills development with regards to the construction sector in line with the government’s agenda of promoting the private sector as engine of growth. A variety of key stakeholders in government attended the event, including members of the Metropolitan Assembly, and the Honorable Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah. Also in attendance were Global Communities – Ghana Country Director, Alberto Wilde, YIEDIE staff and partners of the YIEDIE consortium, including Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG), Africa Aurora Business Network (AABN), HFC-Boafo, and Opportunities Industrialization Centre of Ghana (OICG).

 

Key Questions

The group sought to answer a set of key questions regarding Ghana’s business environment and the actions that need to be taken towards making it more conducive for youth employment and entrepreneurship. Those questions were as follows:

  1. What are the top barriers for youth entry into the labor market and employment (with focus on the construction sector)? Do these barriers differ by sectors, gender or age?
  2. How do broader national and global sector context shape opportunities and impose constraints on local industries (construction firms) and the potential for youth employment?
  3. Do partnerships between Local Assemblies, NGOs, Training Providers and businesses contribute to better job placement and sustainable employment?
  4. What specific strategies and interventions can local assemblies take to increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people?

 

Youth Unemployment Challenges

Global Communities – Ghana Country Director, Alberto Wilde, kicked-off the event by sharing insights on Ghana’s youth demographic and the unemployment challenges faced today. “While GDP growth rate has averaged 6 percent in the last decade, youth unemployment particularly in urban areas still remains high”, he noted. Meanwhile, the challenges faced young women is even more staggering. Mr. Wilde informed participants of the workshop that female representation in most industries and sectors of the economy remain very low. “Not only are women underrepresented in leadership and managerial roles, they are also underrepresented across all levels of employment.” The YIEDIE project aims to bridge the gender gap in Ghana’s construction sector by offering technical training for both young women and equip them with the business development and financial literacy skills to attain employment.

 

YIEDIE

The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) is a five-year project to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth, implemented by Global Communities (formerly CHF International) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. YIEDIE will directly reach at least 23,700 youth with training in technical, life and entrepreneurship skills leading to employment. The project applies an integrated, youth-led market-systems model to improve the capacity of youth and service providers across the value chain. It is training young women and men in technical construction skills and helping youth to grow and start small businesses. It is also increasing collaboration and support amongst construction sector stakeholders to improve their enabling environment.

 

The Mayor’s Address

Honorable Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah took the stage, as the guest of honor, and delivered a speech highlighting some of the nation’s most pressing issues. Hon. Sowah praised the work being done by the YIEDIE project towards equipping the youth with technical skills and linking them to meaningful employment. “The government believes the private sector is the engine of growth and YIEDIE project is one of such”, he noted. “The construction sector is booming. It will not seize; it will not stop.”

 

The Way Forward

Global Communities and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards creating and sustaining a business environment that would be conducive to youth employment and entrepreneurship. Listed in the official document are the responsibilities of each party towards this end. Among the responsibilities of the AMA, per this Memorandum, is to facilitate apprenticeships, coaching and mentoring opportunities for young entrepreneurs within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Assembly.

 

 

 

The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment Launched in Kumasi

On Friday, October 27, 2017, Global Communities, in collaboration with the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation, officially launched the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project in Kumasi. YIEDIE is a five-year project to create economic opportunities in Ghana’s construction sector for economically disadvantaged youth, implemented by Global Communities (formerly CHF International) in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. The project works in five of Ghana’s largest cities, Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ashaiman, and Tema and will directly reach at least 23,700 youth, between ages 17-24, earning less than $2 per day. The project provides youth with training in technical, life and entrepreneurship skills leading to employment through its five core objectives:

  1. Youth Readiness for Employment and Entrepreneurship;
  2. Access to Financial Service Providers;
  3.  Access to demand-Driven Training and Service Providers;
  4. Youth Enterprise Start-Up and Recruitment by Employers;
  5. and, Collaboration for Positive Government Policies.

Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. The organization has worked in Ghana since 2007, supporting a variety of projects including youth engagement, environmental improvements local governance, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions, and agricultural projects in both rural and urban centers. YIEDIE is part of the multi-country Youth Forward Initiative in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation. The Youth Forward Initiative is focused on transitioning economically disadvantaged young people to find quality employment or start their own businesses in the growing agriculture and construction sectors in Ghana and Uganda.

 

Implementing Partners

The YIEDIE consortium is comprised of four key implementing partners: Opportunities Industrialization Centre Ghana (OICG), African Aurora Business Network LLC (AABN), HFC-Boafo Microfinance Services Ltd. (HFC-Boafo), and Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG). Each partner plays a unique role contributing to the training and empowerment of youth in each of the operating cities. Consortium partners provide critical support to young participants of the YIEDIE project, ranging from financial literacy training, business development services, linking youth to employers, and mobilizing youth for training. YIEDIE – Kumasi operates in collaboration with the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation – an initiative of the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu- Asantehene.

 

YIEDIE Project Launch in Kumasi

The project launch in Kumasi brought together representatives of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation, various government officials, academia, and community leaders to usher in the launch of YIEDIE in Kumasi. Among the attendees were Her Royal Highness Lady Julia Osei Tutu, The Mayor of Kumasi, Regional Director of Ghana Education Service, Regional Director of Social Welfare, and many other key stakeholders. Lady Julia Osei Tutu highlighted the importance of the YIEDIE project in Kumasi during her speech. “This has come to alleviate the plight of many youth who had no jobs because they had no skills to offer the various institutions which go to the job market to look for people to employ,” she stated. Her excitement and enthusiasm for the YIEDIE project in Kumasi resonated through Manhiya Palace, inspiring implementers, stakeholders, and partners alike to work hard towards empowering the youth.

Global Communities – YIEDIE Project Director, Vera Kafui Mills-Odoi delivered a speech, providing key insights on the project and how it is implemented. Furthermore, she highlighted the key issues faced by youth in Ghana as they struggle to acquire practical skills to gain employment. “The launch of the YIEDIE project in Kumasi is a dream come true”, she noted, shedding light on the positive impact the project will have on families across the region. The project director informed the attendees of the reality of heightened drop-out rates in school, leading to chronic unemployment. By targeting youth between the ages of 17-24, the project aims to reverse the trend of youth unemployment in Ghana by equipping them with practical skills and linking them to sustainable employment. She lauded the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation for their strong track record of supporting development initiatives in education, health, culture, and the environment and thanked the Asantehene for the vision of creating the Charity Foundation.

A key focus of the YIEDIE project is supporting young women to acquire the skills needed to be competitive in the job market. The Project Director reminded the youth, especially girls, of the need for them to develop interest in the construction sector, which bears high job prospects in Ghana. Currently, the construction sector is the greatest contributor to the nation’s GDP. Construction activity contributed $4.5 billion to Ghana’s GDP in 2015 (Ghana Statistical Service, 2015). This was equal to 14.8% of GDP; an increase by 18.4% from $3.8 billion in 2014. Annual employment growth rate in the construction sector is estimated to be between 10-12% with potential for growth. For these reasons, Project Director Vera Kafui Mills-Odoi strongly urged young women to participate in the construction sector.

 

How YIEDIE Works

“The project applies and integrated, youth-led market systems model to improve the capacity of youth and service providers across the value chain. It is training young women and men in technical construction skills and helping youth to grow and start small businesses”, explained Project Director Odoi Mills. YIEDIE is part of The Youth Forward Initiative, an intiative under Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods program. This initiative uses a holistic approach to engage with multiple, specialized organizations (including the private sector, governments, financial service providers, youth-serving organizations and youth themselves) to enhance the employability of young people.

 

Targeting Disadvantaged Youth in Ghana for Training

Young men and women in Ghana, between the ages 17-24 face critical challenges in gaining employment due to the lack of practical skills to be competitive in the job market. Youth between the ages 15-24 account for 16% of the population of Ghana (Ghana Labour Force Report, 2015), and 35.1% of the working age group (Ghana Living Standard Survey 2013). Meanwhile, significant numbers of these youth remain unemployed and inactive. The YIEDIE project will reach at least 23,700 youth with training in technical, life, and entrepreneurship skills leading to employment. A total of 16 trade areas are available for youth, including Masonry, Plaster of Paris (POP) design, Tiling, Plumbing, Metal Fabrication, Carpentry, Filling Station Canopy Fabrication, Steel Bending, and many more.

 

The Impact

Dr Thomas Agyarko-Poku, Executive Director of the Otumfuo Charity Foundation, highlighted the major impact the foundation has had on many lives in Kumasi, specifically those disadvantaged youth. Through his address, he pledged the Manhiya Palace’s commitment to continue collaborating with institutions to bring the critical support, development, and empowerment needed for the people. Dr. Agyarko-Poku stated that youth empowerment was the top priority of the foundation as it continues to support youth to be economically active and independent. The YIEDIE project will work closely with the Otumfuo Charity Foundation, alongside the four key consortium partners, AABN, AAG, OICG, and HFC-Boafo to deliver the service package to as many youth as possible in Kumasi.

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