Guarantee for a community bank in Ghana
There are 129 Rural and Community Banks in Ghana, spread throughout the countryside. These banks were founded by the inhabitants of the villages. Its customers are the very same entrepreneurs, farmers and individuals. A rural bank is usually the only bank providing financial services to the region. Nsoatreman Rural Bank (NRB) is one of them.
More security for farmers in Northern Ghana
Savanna Farmers'Marketing Company is a trading company which was set up by a non-governmental organisation in the north of Ghana. They have many years of experience providing support to farmers. In 2005 SFMC was founded to buy the production from farmers and to sell it again. Its most important crops are sorghum, soy and peanuts. In 2007 and 2008 shea nuts and cashew nuts were added to that.
Fair trade in Northern Ghana
A guaranteed and fair trade for soi, sorghum and peanuts. That is the goal ICCO has set for this financial scheme with the European Union. By the end of 2011 we want to have improved the living conditions of 10.000 families in the north of Ghana.
Forest communities claim their right to revenue from the forest
Revenue from natural resources does not usually fall into the right hands. It does not get paid to the poor community who lives close to the source. That goes for many developing countries that possess natural resources. Friends of the Earth (FoE) Ghana wants to ensure local communities are able to demand a part of the revenue which is generated from the exploitation of their forest.
Group certification in West Africa is a work in progress
Six timber companies from Ghana set up the Kumasi Wood Cluster (KWC) in 2004, with ICCO's and Stichting DOEN's support. In 2008 four more companies joined, on top of the prior six. The companies are relatively small, which is why it is impossible for them to export independently. Several changes in Ghanese forest legislation pose a threat to their existence. That is why they decided to tackle certain aspects together. For an improved access to the European market the members decided to start a trajectory for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) group certification.
Development of a method for impact measurement
Evaluations that measure long term impact are rare. The emphasis is often put on quantity. There is great interest in a new practical and reliable method of impact research. One of the reasons is to learn more about applied intervention methods. Ton Dietz , who works for the research institute AMIDST in Amsterdam, is currently developing methodology for impact measurement from a new perspective. ICCO finances a pilot study for the development of this method. It is focused on interventions for sustainable alleviation of poverty.
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