Mr Yakubu Mohammed Saani, Deputy Country Director for ActionAid Ghana (AAG) says in the fight against injustice and poverty, the organisation has invested GH¢83.5 million in various poverty alleviation programmes in some most deprived communities in Ghana.
He said with over 18,000 children linked to supporters for the past 12 years, the organisation had been able to use resources generated to directly care for over 1.5 million people in 2,533 communities in the country.
Mr Mohammed Saani was speaking at the market place event organised for its developmental partners to showcase some of the initiative implemented by the organisation in Ghana in Accra over the weekend.
It was also to establish, build and strengthen relationships with corporate and the donor community to make ActionAid their charity of choice and to explore other local funding opportunities in Ghana.
He explained that through development partners including European Union, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund and the Department for International Development, AAG implemented programmes like food security, HIV/AIDS, education and governance which have changed the lives of ordinary Ghanaians.
“It is a known fact that poverty is prevalent in most parts of the country and the role of civic society organisations in the development discourse is still relevant,” Mohammed Saani noted.
He said AAG had moved from just fighting against poverty to working for long-lasting solutions to poverty, advancing alternative together with its partners and allies.
“We are solution-oriented and promote credible and sustainable alternatives that challenge dominant models and paradigms that undermine people’s right,” he added.
Ms Marilyn Aniwa, Board Chair of AAG, said the organisation started its operation in 1990 in Bawku and 22 years later they had spread to the upper West and East, Northern Region, Brong Ahafo, Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
She said in promoting women’s right, the organisation worked on women’s participation in leadership and decision making, violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment and nutrition.
She said their operation in education revolved around advocacy for adequate resource for tutoring, improved access to education for adults and child rights in quality education.
“Mobilising and building the voice of poor famers, especially women to advocate policies that promote market access, access and control over productive resource by small farmer and sustainable agriculture in the face of climate change,” she added.