Farmers Society of West Akim (FASAK)
Friends of the Earth GhanaLands Commission Ghana
The DI is a Ghanaian non-governmental, not-for-profit sustainable development organization with a branch registered in the United States, Minnesota. It was formed with the goal of creating an enabling environment for empowering Civil Society Organizations 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. Our range of projects are being implemented around the beautiful lowlands including coastal areas and picturesque mountainous parts of the Volta Region of Ghana. We work in other regions as well through partnerships and in the process of expanding to Africa and other continents of the world. The DI 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. Working in the changing dynamics and context of development initiatives, we have learned and unlearned along the way – to work towards a better and more inclusive future for the planet and its peoples.
Our programmes are designed based on real needs as identified by the project beneficiaries and all relevant stakeholders. We thrive to deliver our projects in different ways, responding to particular circumstances of places, communities and individuals – ensuring that programs are adjusted to suit changing circumstances and realities.
Farmers Society of West Akim (FASAK) Farmers Society of West( Akim FASWAK) is mainly a farmer-based group in the Upper West Akim District of the Eastern Region of Ghana. It was formed in 2001 and registered under the Government of Ghana as a Non-Governmental Organization.
Its main operational area is the Upper West Akim District which is a predominantly farming district where services are provided for natives of the area, mainly farmers, market women and the youth. FASWAK has members involved in the production of fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, mushroom cultivation, snail animal farming and grass cutter farming and large oil palm cultivation,FASWAK’s objectives are to do group farming, provide training to farmers, credit schemes to members and to seek donor assistance to develop mechanized farming. It is aimed at assisting those in agriculture and agribusiness (SME’s) to become successfully established and to improve their current status to be competitively noticed, while contributing to the achievement of food security and reducing poverty in its district of operation. FASWAK does these through training and soliciting of credit schemes for its members.
Friends of the Earth Ghana is a membership organization association of around 300 local groups spread across the country. It was founded in 1986 and that same year joined Friends of the Earth International. In the past 26 years, the membership of FoE Ghana has exceeded 15,000, which includes individuals, researchers, over 200 Local community groups and institutions of learning, farmers’ groups, youth groups, and academics. As the largest environmental organization in Ghana, FoE Ghana is dedicated to addressing environmental issues and promoting public awareness of environmental problems. FoE-Ghana’s mission is the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s natural resources to improve the economic and social well-being of present and future generations. FoE Ghana particularly emphasizes the need to integrate environmental sustainability with gender equity. We play an important role in supporting community projects that empower and educate people to bring about positive changes to their livelihoods. We also campaign for change towards environmentally and socially equitable development in the activities of governments, institutions, businesses and industries. Many successful campaigns and projects have built the organization’s considerable expertise in forestry and climate change issues. We also play a key role in exposing the negative social and environmental impacts of the West African Gas pipeline, international free trade and large scale mining in forest reserves. FOE-Ghana works with others to challenge the injustice and lack of equity in the ongoing international climate change negotiations.
The Lands Commission (LC) Ghana was established by Articles 258 – 265 of the 1992 Constitution and was accentuated by the Lands Commission Act 2008, Act767 which provided the legal basis for four land sector agencies to merge as Divisions. They include the Land Valuation Division, Land Registration Division, Survey and Mapping Division and the Public and Vested Land Management Division. He added that, the vision of LC is to become the center of excellence for land services delivery, and the mission is to provide high quality, reliable and efficient services in geographic information, guaranteed tenure, property valuation, surveying and mapping through teamwork and modern technology to stakeholders.
VISION : “To become a center of excellence for land services delivery”
MISSION : “To provide high quality, reliable and efficient services in geographic information, guaranteed tenure, property valuation, surveying & mapping through teamwork and modern technology to our stakeholders”
Rural Environmental Care AssociationFriends of the Nation (FoN)Participatory Development AssociatesGhana Integrity InitiativeAdvocacy & Legal Advice Centre
Rural Environmental Care Association (RECA Ghana) uses a broad range of strategies which are people-driven, most of which enable a high degree of participation and interactive, experiential learning. We seek always 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. We are committed as an organisation to realising a proud and prosperous future for Africa, building on its own history and indigenous systems. We seek to work with others to find a path that celebrates our strengths, and critically engages with our weaknesses. Internally, we seek to work with our own change too – as practitioners, as colleagues and team members, and as an organisation as a whole. We believe that in any encounter we have with partners and clients we are all affected by our work together and we seek to make this as positive an experience as possible for each person.
Friends of the Nation (FoN), established in 1993, is a registered socio-environmental advocacy, non-profit, non-governmental development-oriented Organization based in Adiembra in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region of Ghana. Incorporated in Ghana, March 1994 as a company limited by guarantee, it received certificate from the Registrar General’s Department and registered with the Department of Social Welfare with registration. FoN is committed to enhancing active citizenship, social accountability and promoting human rights in Resource governance. A philosophy guided by a rights-based and eco-based approach to sustainable development employing the principles of Technology of Participation (ToP) with beneficiaries such as Communities and Institutions.
Participatory Development Associates (PDA) is an organisation of skilled people who aim to support processes of empowerment and self-determination in communities, organisations and individuals. It is a private limited liability company (registration no. CS126502017) founded in 2001. PDA is based in Ghana, with its main office in Accra and a sub-office in Kumasi. PDA works with government, non-government and private organisations, as well as multilateral and bilateral organisations in areas such as decentralization, policy analysis and advocacy, poverty and social assessments, reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS, gender and development, issues of governance in education, health and forestry, organisation development with NGOs and other civil society organisations, and monitoring and evaluation.
Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is the local chapter of Transparency International (TI). Established in 1999, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is a non-partisan, non-profit civil organisation focused on addressing corruption. GII is the Ghana Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global, non-governmental, non-profit civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption through more than 90 chapters and over 30 individual members worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany.
The vision of GII is “a corruption-free society where all people and institutions act accountably, transparently and with integrity”. The mission of GII is “to fight corruption and promote good governance in the daily lives of people and institutions by forging strong, trusting and effective partnership with government, business and civil society and engagement with the people”
What is ALAC?
· ALAC stands for Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre
· free, confidential and professional service that GII offers to victims and witnesses of corruption who need support in pursuing their corruption-related grievances
· The ALAC complements the work of public institutions such as CHRAJ, AG’s Department, EOCO, etc. who have a public mandate to deal with various types of crime including corruption.
Aim of the ALAC
· to empower citizens to take action against corruption and pursue their cases
What can I Complain About?
You can make a complaint if you have facts showing that a public institution or official has:
- Engaged in a corrupt practice, or acted in a manner that amounts to corrupt use of public office
- Misappropriated public money
- Put himself or herself in a conflict of interest situation
- Breached the Code of Conduct for Public Officials
- Acted in a manner that offends public service ethics
NB: ALAC seeks to address all types of corruption issues ranging from small scale bribery to large scale grand corruption
· consultation with trained legal professional
· case preparation
· referrals to Anti-Corruption agencies and investigative authorities or to other partners who might be in a position to help the complainant.
· follow-ups and provides feedback to complainants
· Your call will be answered by a dedicated ALAC Officer who will record the complaint and be a first point of assessment and advice
· If the case falls within the mandate of the ALAC and there is a need to provide legal expertise, the ALAC Officer will refer the case to a senior ALAC Lawyer
· Depending on the nature of the case and the type of follow up needed, the ALAC might request documentation, additional information or personal/telephone meetings with the complainant
· The Lawyer will always seek consent before taking any steps in pursuing the case
· Once a case has been referred to a competent institution, the ALAC will continue to follow up on it and provide the complainant with feedback
· The ALAC will document cases (adhering to stringent data protection guidelines) and use the evidence generated to advocate for reform
What ALAC will not do
· ALAC does not investigate cases of corruption
· ALAC does not represent victims or witnesses in court
· The ALAC exposes cases of corruption only to advocate for their solution without campaigning against persons or institutions
· The ALAC will not publicize cases of corruption without prior consent of the parties involved
How to contact ALAC
· Head office is located within the Ghana Integrity Initiative in Accra with two regional desks in Wa & Tamale
· The ALAC can be contacted via a number of different ways:
1. Toll free lines: Vodafone 800 100 25; Airtel 0800 100 250; MTN 0800 100 250
2. Office landline: 0302 760 884
3. Post: Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre, PMB CT 317, Cantonments, Accra
4. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. WhatsApp line: 057 7665295