Accelerating Development through Sustainable Mining
The Social Support Foundation launched the AD-SUM project in response to the Government of Ghana’s Natural Resource and Environment Governance (NREG) program, which supports critical reform efforts in forestry and wildlife, mining, and environmental protection sectors. AD-SUM, or Accelerating Development through Sustainable mining, sought to effect reforms in the mining sector of natural resources and the environment (NRE), specifically within 20 communities in five Municipal and District Assemblies and a small scale mining gang working in the Obuasi Municipal area.
In the project’s implementation, AD-SUM: facilitated a seminar on NRE to increase the support base for the project, in collaboration with the Rights and Development Network; created a platform for discussion and dialogue by hosting ten community durbars and five radio panel discussions; facilitated the development of community action plans for the targeted communities and small scale mining gang; facilitated dialogue meetings between the Anglo Gold Ashanti company and the small scale mining gang to achieve mining concessions and livelihood empowerment; and empowered farmer-based groups to seek adequate compensation and alternative livelihood support for communities affected by mining operations. AD-SUM also undertook monitoring and follow-up activities with the targeted communities and duty bearers to ensure the community action plans were in action.
Funding for the AD-SUM project was provided by Kasa, a civil society support mechanism facilitated by the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Kasa is a two-year program supporting civil society and media organizations to advocate, in a concerted effort, for equitable access, accountability, and transparency in natural resource and environmental governance.
Download the AD-SUM 4th Quarter report for more information, here.
See the AD-SUM Close Out Report here.
Mobilize Against Malaria
Mobilization Against Malaria aimed to reduce malaria-related deaths by increasing awareness and early recognition of the signs and symptoms of malaria, increasing access to and promoting prompt and appropriate treatment, and facilitating behavior change toward seeking early treatment for malaria. The project targeted all members of Adansi North communities, particularly children, who are more susceptible, and pregnant women, who are often caregivers. To achieve its goals, MAM employed education and communication strategies such as facilitating community health talks, disseminating information through the community information centre, and distributing posters and flyers in targeted communities. The project also encouraged peer leaders to engage in peer education to increase reach, community ownership and sustainability.
National Program for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor in Cocoa Growing Areas
The NPECLC Program oversaw and sustained efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in cocoa growing areas by promoting positive changes in the socio-cultural behaviour of children, adults and communities regarding issues relating to child rights and responsibilities. The project was implemented in close association with the District Assembly, children and families in targeted communities, and stakeholders including civil society organizations working on child labor and rights, and was implemented within ten partner communities in the Dunkwa area, with possible expansion and replication in other communities in Ghana. Encouraging full participation from children, the NPECLC’s ultimate goals were to form and strengthen Children’s Governments and Clubs in the ten targeted communities and to build the capacity of members to operate these organizations independently.
In reaching project goals, the NPECLC: facilitated a series of trainings for child rights and child labor service providers; targeted opinion leaders, farmers, and children to increase knowledge on the rights and responsibility of the child; generated community dialogue to identify the causes of the worst forms of child labor in cocoa production and thus identify the primary elements of each community’s action plan; facilitated the creation of each community’s action plan; identified children engaged in the worst forms of child labor in coca production via social investigation; performed needs assessment of identified victims and their families, offered psychosocial and career counseling to them; and helped form and strengthen ten Children’s Governments / Clubs in each of the program area communities.
Download the Obuasi Municipal Action Plan for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour in cocoa production, here.
Peoples Rights and Participation for Development
Communities in which mining on the corporate and international scale is prevalent suffer from severe mining-generated problems such as blasting effects, human rights abuses, lack of access to farmland, water and air pollution, and mine waste dump; these communities typically receive little in exchange for the aggressive exploitation of their lands, rivers and other natural resources.
In respect to downward accountability and transparency of the use of state resources and mining-related royalties, Obuasi specifically has witnessed a failure of regulatory institutions and governance structures to adequately address developmental challenges and proper appropriation of royalty funds. Though mining has been active in the Obuasi area for more than a century, no adequate obligatory frameworks exist to ensure multinational enterprises including manage effectively the negative effects of their operations including loss of livelihood, increased poverty, conflicts, and social dislocation. Furthermore, though communities in affected areas have agitated against the effect of mining operations and inaction of local government, these efforts have been mostly ineffective due to a lack of community based organizations (CBOs) that have the capacity and cohesion to engage power structures and duty bearers.
Following these challenges, the Social Support Foundation entered into partnership with the Rights and Voice Initiative (RAVI) in 2006 to implement the PERPAD project. The project aimed to empower disadvantaged people and six specific development organizations in the Adansi and Amansie communities of the Ashanti region to uphold their right to participate and demand community development via the application of mining royalty funds. The project adopted a rights-based approach to development and people-centered advocacy, and focused on the empowerment of marginalized groups and communities to effectively engage with government officials to achieve fulfillment of obligations. Specifically, PERPAD aimed to build the capacity of six selected CBOs and Associations and to bring together these CBOs to present a collective voice.
The six CBOs that participated in PERPAD were:
- ADHAN: Adansi HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network
- CRIF: Community Rights Foundation
- GSPD: Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled
- U-NET: Youth Network for Human Rights and Democracy
- AMOPGA: Adansiman Oil Palm Growers Association
- KAWDA: Kaleo Area Women Development Association
The specific aspects of PERPAD were:
- Provide capacity building, training, and institutional strengthening workshops for representatives of each of the six CBOs and for one community representative from each targeted community
- Facilitate the engagement of the six CBOs with identified duty bearers or power structures on their selected issues to lobby and demand for a just and effective provision of social services and other infrastructure
- Facilitate a process for the six CBOs to solicit public support by creating public platforms or public forums for increased participation of community groups in critical issues
The expected impact of PERPAD was that:
- Beneficiary communities would continue pursuing advocacy actions through people-centered advocacy and rights-based approaches to development
- The project would contribute to the alleviation of poverty within Obuasi Municipality through increased citizen vocalization in community development issues
- Cross organizational participation and the inclusion of marginalized persons and groups in local decision making and development processes would become manifest
Download the final evaluation of the PERPAD project, here.