NANA AKOSUA GYAMFIABA II HONORED: DEDICATES AWARD TO FRIENDS OF THE NATION
The paramount Queen Mother of the Shama Traditional Area, Nana Akosua Gyamfiaba II was honored at the last Ghana Chieftaincy Awards in Cape Coast. She dedicates the award to Friends of the Nation for the support provided her that has enabled her to be a voice for marginalised women and youth including accountability related conversations in her community and Ghana at large.
NAFPTA SPEAKS OF OUR IMPACT IN THEIR OPERATIONS
The president of the National Fish Processors and Traders Association (NAFPTA), Mrs. Regina Solomon has commended Friends of the Nation for the capacity enhancement support it has provided to the association after a two-day organizational capacity assessment workshop for the members of the association in Takoradi. According to her, such engagements will position NAFPTA to be a formidable association and contributing positively to the effective governance of the fisheries sector in Ghana.
OPEN LETTER TO PLASTIC PRODUCERS
Increase public awareness to become environmentally responsible in tackling the plastic crisis
Environment & Climate Change
Tapping into Ghana’s mining history for effective lithium mining governance.
Friends of the Nation in partnership with Oxfam is assisting communities around the Ewoyaa Lithium Project by Atlantic Lithium (Green Metals). The capacities of residents are being built on land and crop compensation, community rights and environmental governance.
FarmSense Soil Testing kit commended by parliament’s committee on food, agric and cocoa affairs
The European Union Funded ReDIAL Project’s FarmSense Soil Testing kit has been commended by a ranking member of the Food, Agric and Cocoa Affairs Committee of Ghana’s Parliament. The Member of Parliament for the Wa East constituency Hon. Godfred Seidu Jasaw, the Deputy Ranking Member to the committee says…
Shama SHS students chart the path of climate resilience.
FoN is assisting students’ climate activist of the Shama Senior High School in the Shama District to chart the path for climate resilience by creating awareness on the devastating impact of climate change and how stakeholders can collectively mitigate it.
Natural Resources & Assets
30 Percent Campaign
A campaign in partnership with Oxfam for at least, 30 percent of the Mineral Development Fund to be allocated for women economic empowerment in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality and the Ellembelle District of the Western Region of Ghana. The campaign will also influence the development of guidelines for gender-responsive budgeting in the allocations from the Fund to District Assemblies and Local Management Committees
Improving Fisheries Governance in Ghana
An advocacy for improving the governance of the fisheries sector in Ghana and some ECOWAS member states. The action highlights the ecological justification of fisheries laws and compliance, campaigns for fisheries stock recovery, improved transparency in fisheries management, capacity strengthening of fisher-associations for enhanced roles in fisheries governance, and application of science-based management regimes for small pelagic stocks.
Power of Voices in Partnership (Fair4All)
Advocacy focusing on strengthening local civil society to collect evidence of rights abuses in cocoa, and the extractive value chains (petroleum and gold) and support communities in seeking redress, and hold public and private sector actors to account. This action brings civil society actors, extractive companies and their suppliers on a multi-stakeholder platform to have conversations/dialogues on advancing women’s economic empowermenement.
Promoting progressive taxation and tax compliance in Ghana
An ongoing advocacy since 2021 that seeks to increase fiscal space for social spending priorities through more effective, transparent, fairer and gender-responsive revenue collection in the Shama District of Ghana. This advocacy has already produced the “Shama Model” spearheading the transparency and accountability of the Shama District Assembly, a geospatial dashboard that maps social amenities against revenue generation in the district, and a comprehensive and reliable database on properties and businesses across major communities in the District to enhance domestic revenue mobilization.
Gender Model Family concept: The empowering story from Aowin municipality.
The Gender Model Family concept promoted under the Women’s Economic Advancement for Collective Transformation (WEACT) has been accepted and is being practiced by residents in the Aowin Municipality of the Western North Region.
Open Government Partnerships
An integrated participatory-development initiative under the auspices of the Global Open Government Partnership and six sub-national governments in Ghana to bring governance closer to citizens. The initiative which began with the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in 2016 has enabled inclusivity and co-creation of priority actions that improve gender roles, transparency, and accountability in public infrastructure delivery. Extractive sector governance, Planning and budgeting, Water & Sanitation, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of citizens. With significant gains, Friends of the Nation is replicating and scaling up the initiative with the Shama and Anloga District Assemblies, as well as Tarkwa Nsuaem, Wassa Amenfi West, and the Ketu South municipalities.