Ghana

Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
One of every two people on the... Read more
Jul 23, 2020
“At about 12 midnight in June 2019, a baby boy was born to a young couple at the Tutukpene Health Center in the Oti Region. Unfortunately, there was no water to wash the mixture of blood and amniotic fluid off the baby and the equipment used for the delivery. Relatives of the newborn’s mother had to save their congratulatory wishes until after they fetched water from the nearby community, about 15 minutes away, on foot. Thankfully the baby survived,” recounted Monica Hwanompe, the Senior Community Health nurse, who doubles as a midwife at the Health Center. Provision of Water Supply This scenario was a common trend in some Health Centers and Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS), community-based health care facilities in the Savannah and Oti Regions until... Read more
Jul 21, 2020
Unemployment among youth in Ghana continues to increase despite more than two decades of strong economic growth trends and a substantial expansion in education and overall human resource development. The World Bank estimates that of the total number of people who are unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years. The most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) reports that three of every ten youth in Accra and 23% of youth in other urban areas in Ghana are unemployed. Studies have shown that the labor-intensive construction sector offers great potential to address this challenge. While the industry’s growth has been slowed by macroeconomic constraints, it remains an important source... Read more
Jul 07, 2020
Youth unemployment and joblessness together constitute a major socio-economic and political problem in Ghana. The Ghana Statistical Service 2015 report noted that 13.4 percent of youth are unemployed, while the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6 reported that approximately 30 percent of youth in Accra and 24 percent of youth in other urban areas are unemployed. Though estimates vary, unemployment is a challenge among all age groups and its impact is particularly severe among young people. To address the challenge of youth unemployment, the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) was a five-year project implemented from 2015 to 2020 to create... Read more
Jun 08, 2020
Disadvantaged, urban youth face a range of challenges in accessing financial services: long distances to reach financial service providers financial products that are inappropriate for seasonal or intermittent work, minimum age requirements to open a bank account or obtain credit, and limited experience with financial services. In addition, financial institutions have traditionally been reluctant to serve young people because they are considered unbankable (unable to save, a high credit risk due to their engagement in less-profitable enterprises, and lacking business experience and conventional collateral). Recognizing these challenges, the Mastercard Foundation-funded Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project commissioned a market assessment... Read more
May 07, 2020
Global Communities is pleased to share a new research and learning brief “Improving School Attendance and Positive Feelings about Menstruation for Girls in Ghana through a Holistic Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management Approach.” The brief is based on findings from a 6 month pilot project and survey conducted by the Ghana WASH 4 Health Program, with technical support from Be Girl, a mission driven US-based social enterprise that creates innovative, reusable menstrual protection products and age-appropriate menstrual education methodologies. Key Findings from this research included: • Girls reporting difficulties in attending schools was reduced from 47% to 10% as a result of the pilot intervention, suggesting that a holistic MHH approach, that includes providing sustainable period... Read more
Apr 06, 2020
Tapped to lead coordination for USAID-funded projects and affiliated NGOs to respond to Ghana’s rapidly expanding cholera outbreak in 2014, Global Communities convened over a dozen international NGOs in less than 48 hours to assess needs and determine response activities. Using our GIS capacity, we worked with the group to map all eight affected regions to locate NGO actors and activities, and identify areas of service overlap and gaps. With this information, Global Communities, through USAID and with the support of the Ministry of Health, launched a three-week distribution campaign to provide water purification tablets to more than 500,000 individuals in some of the hardest-hit communities. This successful coordination of NGO actors continued throughout 2015 and also included the... Read more
Mar 09, 2020
By Christy Beauchemin #EachforEqual #IWD2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) was first celebrated over 100 years ago. Today, it is a global movement as well as a call to action. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachforEqual. It is a reminder that we all have a role in fighting gender inequality and that if each of us work together, we can create a gender-equal world.  Studies show that gender equality is good for not only women but families and economies, too. According to a McKinsey Global Institute study, closing the gender... Read more
Jan 26, 2020
In Ghana, the construction industry is booming, growing at an average eight percent per annum due to a growing economy, infrastructural development, rapid urbanization and a rising middle class. The growth of the sector has resulted in an unmet demand for skilled labor. While youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years make up 42 percent of the country’s population, the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 3 reports that they face high unemployment rates of approximately 23 percent in Accra and 16 percent in other urban areas. The construction sector not only offers significant potential for creating economic opportunities for youth but it also provides more training opportunities than any... Read more
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