LIST OF FWG MEMBERS
Friends of the Earth
New Generation Concern
Network for Health & Relief Foundation
Pals of the Earth
Talent Search International
The Development Institute
National Tree Growers Association
Mary Ama Kudom-Agyemang
Obed Owusu Addai
MEMBERS’ DETAILED INFORMATION
ACCELERATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION
Accelerated Rural Development Organisation (ARDO) is a non governmental organization involved in rural communities development in Ghana. It was formed in 2000 as a community based organisation. In 2003, she was registered with Registrar General Department and the Social Welfare department of Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare as an NGO.
Vision: To ensure speedy and sustainable development of the underprivileged in society by facilitating individuals and groups to unearth their potentials and mobilize available resources to bring about social and economic change for improved living standards.
Mission: Facilitation for development of rural communities.
Physical Location: Hohoe, Volta Region
CARE began operations in Ghana in 1994. Since then the Accra office expanded to support programs in Togo and Benin under the umbrella of the CARE Gulf of Guinea country mission. In July 2010, CARE replaced the three-country mission with country offices in Ghana and Benin, the latter of which is also responsible for a small number of activities in Togo.
CARE Ghana’s projects are primarily implemented through partnerships with local and civil society organizations. This enables CARE to further engage with government and the private sector, work effectively in coalitions, and to have the greatest possible impact. CARE Ghana prioritizes the rural and vulnerable poor – women in particular – and organizes its work around health, governance, sustainable livelihoods and education.
Vision: CARE seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Mission: CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice
Physical Location: East Legon, Accra
Civic Response is a leading natural resource and environmental (NRE) governance policy advocacy organisation working to entrench resource rights. Founded in 2003 in Accra, Ghana by a group of activists with experience in resource rights campaigns both locally and globally, Civic Response undertakes activities which address the policy needs of communities who depend directly on natural resources, particularly forests. Civic Response is also actively engaged in the global climate change discourse especially as it relates to forests.
Vision: A just, productive, pluralistic and tolerant society collectively in control of its resources and systematically improving development opportunities for all citizens’ and communities.
Mission: Civic Response seeks to change social arrangements that entrench marginalisation, exclusion and division as well as provide advocacy and networking support to self-organised citizens’ groups in the natural resource and environment sector.
Physical Location: East Legon, Accra.
CONSERVATION FOUNDATION (CF) is a Ghanaian NGO operating in Ghana. CF seeks to promote sustainable livelihoods to deprived rural centres within a sustainable development change framework.
Vision: Our vision is a world where sustainable livelihoods are assured to everybody irrespective of gender, culture, ethnicity, race, religion and status, in an environment where equity prevails.
Physical Location: Agona Ahanta, Western Region
Devascom Foundation is a Ghanaian NGO operating in Ghana. The organisation seeks to promote sustainable livelihood to deprived rural communities within a sustainable change framework.
Vision: To sensitize and share information to everybody irrespective of gender , culture, ethnicity, race and status in an environment where equality prevails
Physical location: Juaso in Ashanti Region
DOMESTIC LUMBER TRADE ASSOCIATION OF GHANA
Domestic Lumber Trade Association of Ghana is the largest timber trade association in Ghana. It is committed to sustainable management of timber resources and good forest governance. DOLTA was formed in 2004 and duly registered in 2008. It is as an umbrella organization for operatives along the supply and value chains of domestic timber trade. DOLTA has membership of over 300,000 spread across the country. DOLTA is working to ensure that the domestic market fully complies with legalities through education and training. DOLTA is putting in place interventions such as Domestic Timber Trade Network and Importation of Legal Timber from the Sub-Region to enable regular supply of legal timber in the local market. DOLTA is undertaking plantation developments in Eastern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions. DOLTA is into advocacy on policies, processes and practices that affect timber trade in domestic market.
Vision: A domestic timber trade which provides the Ghanaian public with timber from sustainable sources.
Mission: Domestic Lumber Trade Association of Ghana seeks to partner with Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations to ensure that the domestic timber market operates in congenial environment and that no segment of the population is denied access to legal timber resources.
Physical Location (National Secretariat): Fise Junction, Amasaman – Accra
The Environmental Protection Association of Ghana (EPAG) is an indigenous non- governmental organisation (NGO) and is registered with the Registrar General’s Department as a body corporate and the Department of Social Welfare – a Government Department charged with the registration of NGOs/PVOs in Ghana.
Mission: To encourage, support and organise activities which promote sustainable environment in Ghana.
Physical Location: Kumasi
Greenglobe Gh. is a non-profit incorporated originally as a community Based Organization (CBO) in 2002 and re-incorporated as a Non-Governmental organization (NGO) in 2005 in accordance with the companies code 1963 (Article 189). GG’s unique focus is to identify with the poor, deprived and marginalized people, mainly women and youth groups in the rural communities, to guide, sensitize, animate and transform them; and also to support them fight poverty, hunger, disease, ignorance and injustices of all human deprivation. The organisation also facilitates sustainable human, environmental, education and public health development programmes.
Vision: A world of no poverty, all persons enjoy equal rights and dignity with confidence as citizens to the advancement of our communities.
Mission: To galvanize the energies and resources of rural communities to wards conscious environmental programs that have the capacity to alleviate poverty and create wealth.
Physical Location: Adjacent Kekeli Radio, Ghana Post Premises – Ho
JUXTAPOSE INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
Juxtapose Integrated Development Association (JIDA) is a non-governmental organization registered as an NGO Limited by Guarantee in 1997 (Ghana Company Law). The organization has its headquarters in Salaga in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region, with offices in Damongo (West Gonja), Buipe (Central Gonja) and Tamale. JIDA also operates in the Nanumba Districts (North and South). JIDA is in collaboration with IBIS-West Africa, CWSA/EU/AFD, Forest Watch Ghana, FAO, USCC-Canada, CIFS, OXFAM and all the District Assemblies in which JIDA operates.
Vision: JIDA aspires to be the leading local NGO in the provision of capacity building to rural communities to be self-initiative and self-sustaining of the community based development programmes through motivated and experience staff in community development and to extend our service to West Africa and beyond within now and the future.
Mission: To build the capacity of rural communities to be self-initiative and self-sustaining of the community based development programmes.
Physical Location: Salaga in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region
NATURE DEVELOPMENT GHANA
Nature Development Ghana is a non-governmental, non-profit-making organization concerned with Human Development, nature Protection and conservation, Management and effective utilization of natural resources through research, advocacy and dialogue, capacity building and skills transfer. NDG started in 2004 as a community based organization (CBO). In 2013, it became a full NGO and expanded its scope to include environmental protection, health education in communities and schools.
Mission: To build confidence and enhance skills in communities, groups and individuals in conservation, effective natural resource management and health education towards a better future.
Physical Location: 36 Royal Castle Road, Kokomlemle / Kintampo – Brong-Ahafo Region Ghana/ Asankrangwa – Western Region.
NETWORK FOR HEALTH & RELIEF FOUNDATION (NHRF)
The Network for Health and Relief Foundation (NHRF) is not-for-profit non governmental organisation established in 1999 by a group of clergy, social workers and health professionals in the Ashanti region. It started initially as a community based organisation in Kumasi in 1990 to sensitise and educate community members on HIV&AIDS and provide support to infected persons. The organisation was transformed into an NGO in 1999 when some key professionals joined in to support and take operations to national level. The NHRF is aimed at improving health and alleviating poverty among urban poor and rural folks. The NHRF was formed at the time HIV&AIDS prevalence in the Ashanti region was increasing hourly, putting the region in the lead in Ghana at the time. Driven by the need for urgent response to the fast-spreading HIV&AIDS pandemic, NHRF started community response interventions to create awareness, educate and empower communities to curb the spread of HIV&AIDS while supporting infected and affected persons to live prolonged lives in stable conditions.
Over the years NHRF has expanded its programmes beyond HIV&AIDS to cover tuberculosis, which is closely related to HIV&AIDS, and malaria, which has been the number one killer disease in Ghana several years now. These fall under the Health Programme and categorised into thematic areas namely, Sexual Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, and Communicable Disease Control. NHRF has included in its programmes human rights promotion, education, policy research and advocacy, gender empowerment, environmental protection, water and sanitation, and food security. NHRF recently added local governance to its programmes as it directly affects the development efforts of the people. These programmes are designed to tackle notable challenges and remove bottlenecks to poverty alleviation and development.
Vision: Sustaining Community Development Through Self Initiatives.
Mission: Leading vulnerable and underprivileged persons and communities to overcome developmental challenges in a world of hope and tolerance.
Physical Location: African Child Restaurant House, Adum Kumasi
PALS OF THE EARTH
PALS OF THE EARTH (POTE) is a Ghanaian NGO with its projects mainly based in the Western Region of Ghana. Its head office operates from Greater Accra, the national capital of Ghana making it conveniently accessible to stakeholders, donors and partners. Plans are far advanced to extend its activities to Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Central Regions of Ghana in due time. Pals of the Earth seek to promote fundamental socio-economic development that enhances self-sufficiency and self-reliance for advancement of people within a sustainable framework of development. Pals of the Earth has been in existence and formally attained a legal status to operate as a non-governmental organization by the Registrar Generals Department Ghana in 2010 with registration number G’32,028, Social Welfare registration number DSW/5298 and Accra Metropolitan Assembly registration number A 206/10/928. From 2010 to date Pals of the Earth has been implementing environmental projects. Between 2010 and 2015 the staffs of the organization were fully involved in the implementation of environmental projects undertaken by the international NGO’s by carrying out animation and training/capacity building activities. Our activities now do not only cover nursing seedlings and tree plantation but extend to awareness creation and general issues regarding environmental protection, Sustainable Farming Practices and the cause, effect and post effects of climate change/ global warming etc.
Vision: Pals of the Earth (POTE) has the ultimate vision of becoming one of the most vibrant organizations in the country, that will champion the course of education and projects geared towards environmental preservation, promotion sustainable agriculture, forest and resource management and the safe existence of all living things on the planet.
Physical Location: Dansoman, Accra
Projects Planning & Management (PROMAG) Network is a social development non-governmental organization involved primarily in research, poverty reduction, reproductive health, rural development, capacity building and developing networks. The organisation was formed by engineers, development planners, sociologists and health experts in 1996 to respond to issues that affect the socio-economic development of rural and emerging urban communities in Ghana. PROMAG’s operational areas include Sefwi Wiawso, Akontombra, Aowin, Suaman, Bia East and Bia West districts.
Vision: To promote a model of participatory, sustainable and self-reliant development through research, education and training.
Physical Location: Sefwi Wiawso, Western Region
RURAL ENVIRONMENTAL CARE ASSOCIATION (RECA)
RECA uses a broad range of strategies which are people-driven, most of which enable a high degree of participation and interactive, experiential learning. The organisation always seeks to adapt and experiment with each unique set of circumstances, combining and drawing selectively on a range of tools and approaches as each process unfolds. RECA is committed as an organisation to realising a proud and prosperous future for Africa, building on its own history and indigenous systems. It also seeks to work with others to find a path that celebrates our strengths, and critically engages with our weaknesses.
Vision: to seek a world where community people will be well equipped with the relevant knowledge and capacities and have the confidence to advocate for and have access to the necessary resources that will help them to sustainably improve their lives
Mission: to accomplish is to assist marginalise people to realise their potentials and that of the environment and to harness those potentials towards a sustainable development and improvement of their socio-economic livelihoods
Physical Location: Plot # 5, Community 19 Annex, Lashibie.
Rural Development and Youth Association(RUDEYA) is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) registered at the Registrar General’s Department in Accra and the Head Office of the Department of Social Welfare according to the laws of the Republic of Ghana in 1991. The Organisation operates in Ghana in the fields of: Reforestation and forest Management, NTFPs development and livelihoods activities, Primary Health Education, Youth Programmes and Rural Development Programmes.
Vision: The standard of living of segments of society will be improved through sustainable natural resource management and primary health care
Mission: To provide targeted segments of society with the knowledge and the means of managing local natural resources, particularly tropical forests, on sustainable basis. It seeks to coordinate facilities (with other local and district health delivery authorities) to ensure basic quality health care for citizens, particularly the socially disadvantaged.
Physical Location: Kumasi
STRATEGIC YOUTH NETWORK FOR DEVELOPMENT (SYND)
SYND is a youth-oriented NGO in Ghana which focuses primarily on deepening good environmental governance. Our operational work involves tracking and contributing to environment-related policies and programming at levels from a youth perspective.
Vision: To help achieve environmental sustainability through the development and active participation of young people in managing the environment through policy formulation, programs planning and implementation of projects and activities to sustaining society
Mission: Influencing environmental policies positively from the youth perspective; assisting decision makers to planning and implementation of environmental framework, programs and projects satisfactorily; working locally and nationally with area businesses, community leaders and neighbors to improve the environmental well being of our community that creates cleaner and safer neighborhoods; dedicated to environmental improvements that foster a sustainable future.
Physical location: c/o Vanderpuye-Orgle Estates Ltd, Kojo Thompson Road & Farrar Avenue Junction, Adabraka – Accra
TALENT SEARCH INTERNATIONAL
TALENT SEARCH INTERNATIONAL (TSI) is a non-governmental organisation which was formed and registered in October, 2009 and is committed to the principles enshrined in the constitution of Ghana, UN Convention on the rights of the child, the Children’s Act 560, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and international and local Forest laws.
Vision: As an organisation, we are dedicated to the vision of a kind of society where vulnerable persons and communities are guided to realize and develop their potentials to the fullest under safe, supportive and sustainable environmental conditions.
Mission: To ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable persons and communities by contributing to the development of their potentials through working with other civil society organizations (CSOs), community based organizations (CBOs), national and international development partners, government agencies, local communities, opinion leaders, parents, youth and children (including those with disabilities).
Physical location: Sokode Gbogame, Ho, Volta Region
THE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (DI)
The DI is a Ghanaian non-governmental, not-for-profit sustainable development organisation with a branch registered in the United States, Minnesota. It was formed with the goal of creating an enabling environment for empowering Civil Society Organisations and communities to facilitate the linkage between micro and macro levels of society for sustainable development. The Ghana branch became fully operational in 2005 having met all the legal requirements in Ghana. The DI’s range of projects are being implemented around the beautiful lowlands including coastal areas and picturesque mountainous parts of the Volta Region of Ghana. The DI works in other regions as well through partnerships and in the process of expanding to Africa and other continents of the world. It has been able to build a solid reputation in its first decade of existence focusing on building locals capacity and influencing policies for a secured, sustained forest resources and people’s livelihoods. We have been consistent in our commitment to sustainable development in Ghana, ranging from the international level to the grass roots, believing that what matters is to make a lasting impact on the ground and to give a voice to those who are overlooked by global and national politics.
Vision: A secure and just world where individuals and communities are free to explore their potentials for the benefit of the society.
Mission: To enable African communities to confront their development challenges with passion and commitment towards social stability and care for nature.
Physical Location: Adenta SSNIT Flat, Block 52 A2
Tropenbos Ghana (TBG) is a nationally registered NGO established in 2001 in response to problems confronting the forestry sector of Ghana. These problems included the over-exploitation of forest resources leading to degradation, deforestation and the impoverishment of forest fringe communities. Since then, TBG has contributed a wealth of knowledge to the forestry and agricultural sectors and pioneered innovative measures for tackling convoluted environmental challenges. Key amongst these was the use of a unique multi-stakeholder dialogue to explore negotiated solutions to illegal chainsaw milling in Ghana. The approach culminated in policy and technical options, including a domestic market policy and the artisanal timber milling concept, two initiatives that will help address domestic market illegalities under the EU/Ghana Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which is an Action Plan of the European Union Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT). It is well known for its ability to undertake quality research and transforming their outputs into practice and remain a key stakeholder whose inputs are solicited in all forestry sector initiatives.
Physical Location: Kumasi, Ashanti Region
NATIONAL TREE GROWERS ASSOCIATION
The National Tree Growers Association (NTGA) was formed in 2016 with financial support and technical guidance from Tropenbos Ghana . The association which used to be known as the National Union of Tree Growers Associations (NUTREEGA), is currently made up of about 3000 members. Membership consists of individuals, communities, groups/associations, companies in the timber industry and non-governmental organisations engaged in tree growing to help restore the lost vegetation and degraded landscape.
VISION: A formidable Association that has brought together small holder plantations developers – associations, groups, communities, individuals, companies and others working to restore the lost vegetation and generating wealth.
MISSION: To bring together small holder plantations developers including associations, groups, communities, individuals, companies and others to work to restore the lost vegetation as well as generate wealth.
AIM: To bring together individuals and groups of people who grow trees for the purposes of promoting plantation development in Ghana and to offer effective leadership and quality services, share basic information and experiences, strengthen the resolve, pool the limited resources with the view to creating wealth as we green up the country and ensure the sustainable production of timber and timber resources for domestic and external markets.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Association is established to:
- Promote the interests of tree-growers and to achieve unity of purpose amongst members;
- Harness the efforts and limited resources of individual and groups under the umbrella of the Association;
- Attract funds in the form of investments;
- Build the capacity of members through training and exchange visits to adopt best practices in plantation development;
- Promote the establishment of quality forest plantations capable of attracting fair prices on both local and international markets;
- Facilitate and promote knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices amongst members and between members and service providers, academia, governmental and non-governmental organisation;
- Conduct research and provide market information with the view to linking members to fair markets;
- Develop incentives schemes for forest plantation developers.