Global Communities is helping to expand economic opportunities in Ghana through Boafo Microfinance Services Ltd. Established in 2007, Boafo is a microfinance service company created through a partnership between HFC Bank Limited (Ghana) and Global Communities with funding support from USAID and the United Nations. This partnership combines Ghana's largest mortgage lender with Global Communities' expertise in providing loans to low- and moderate-income individuals to help them expand businesses, purchase homes and pursue educational opportunities.
The Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) program is an integrated project and partnership effort under USAID’s Feed the Future initiative designed to contribute to the Government of Ghana's efforts to sustainably reduce poverty and improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations. The purpose of the RING project is to improve the livelihood and nutritional status of vulnerable households in targeted communities of 12 districts in the Northern Region. This is being achieved through three complementary project components: increasing the consumption of diverse quality foods, especially among women and children; improving behaviors related to nutrition and hygiene of women and young children; and strengthening local support networks to address the ongoing needs of vulnerable households.
IncluCity builds on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded SCALE-UP program which enabled the urban poor in India and Ghana to have a meaningful voice in slum improvement programs. In Ghana, Global Communities worked with local organizations to expand access to credit, provide vocational training, upgrade water and sanitation systems and improve housing conditions for residents of slums in Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi. Through IncluCity, Global Communities aims to increase the participation of slum residents in governance, inclusive planning and budgeting processes, while building the capacity of the local governments to generate revenue. At the same time, the Our City, Our Say program, funded by Making All Voices Count, aims to increase women's participation in local governance in the metropolitan area of Sekondi-Takoradi. Working with the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), the program also aims to improve public service delivery by inceasing the STMA's ability to track and solve service delivery issues.
About 5.5 million people in Ghana – more than half the urban population – live in slum settlements. Due to the informal nature of these settlements, water supply and sanitation services in these areas are inadequate. Using a community-driven approach that involves residents and a broad range of stakeholders, Global Communities is helping to improve availability and access to water and sanitation services. With funding from USAID, Global Communities is working in three slum communities of Accra and two slum communities in the urban area of Sekondi-Takoradi.
In conjunction with ongoing efforts to improve the sanitation situation in Ghanaian communities, Global Communities implemented the Youth Engagement in Service Delivery (YES) program. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the YES program helped to build the capacity of local youth organizations and trained youth for employment in the solid waste sector. The program also focused on building the capacity and life skills of youth with training in savings and financial literacy, basic business and employability skills.