Voices of Youth Project:
Given rising concerns over insufficient attention to critical issues affecting youth in Ghana and the lack of structures for mainstreaming youth into national policy-making, this project provides a long term mechanism for youth to articulate their concerns and to make policy input. Through the Voices of Youth Coalition and its flagship product, the Ghana Youth Manifesto, young people are advocating for youth-inclusive policies, building capacities and the evidence base through research and training.
Directory of Youth Development:
The ‘Directory of Youth Development Organisations’ seeks to provide a one-stop point of information and a much-needed source for collaboration and exchange of information among actors in the youth development sector, given the situation of insufficient documentation of youth and youth-serving organisations and their activities, and inadequate collaboration, networking and information exchange among them, The lack of a comprehensive and credible directory tends to undermine the importance of national networking and the need to increase collaboration. The directory is developed through collaboration with relevant stakeholders from civil society, government, and the international development community and is published only in electronic form at www.ghanayouthdirectory.org.
Youth Consultations on a Post-2015 Global Development Framework:
The global conversation on a post-2015 world is one of the most important debates on global development. The youth consultations project in Ghana is promoting genuine youth-led development through strengthening the youth voice and meaningfully consulting young people across the country to bring their voices to policy-makers while building their own networks for better coherence and consensus building.
Youth for Good Governance in Ghana’s Oil Sector:
Funded by the Danish civil society Project Fund and implemented in partnership with Crossing Boarders, Denmark, the project is deepening youth-led strategies for strengthening Ghana’s good governance and sustainable development pursuit within the emerging oil economy. The production of oil in the Western region provides a great opportunity for young people, specifically those within the vicinity of the oil production activities (Shama, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ahanta West, Nzema East, Ellembele, and Jomoro districts) to engage meaningfully in the socio-economic processes associated with the sector and to contribute to ensuring that the emerging oil industry would yield participatory development and peace.
Through a sub-grant agreement with CHF International and financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the YouthWorks! project is engendering youth employment in urban sanitation service delivery while improving the lives of residents of Ashiedu-Keteke sub-metropolis of Accra. Through this project, young people are leading the way in sensitising other residents of Ga-Mashie on the benefits of environmental cleanliness and proper ways of managing solid waste. The youth are also supported to set up small businesses in four solid waste management value chains (plastic thin film, ferrous metal, e-waste, and compost) as a means of sustainable income-generation.
Tackling Poverty Together:
Funded by Sida through the Swedish national youth council and UN DESA, a series of capacity building activities, including a regional workshop for youth-led organisations were held to build advocacy capacities for 8 African country teams. A Toolkit for young people to monitor national youth policy has been developed as a tool for assessing national progress in reaching youth development priorities contained in the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY).
Synergos Institute for Youth Development:
The Synergos Institute was established in 2007 by YES-Ghana and received funding through the Canadian Education and Training Awards for Africa (CETAA). Within two years of operation, the Institute became Ghana’s foremost centre of excellence in youth leadership development and training. The focus of the Institute is on innovative and effective education approaches to building leadership and strengthening organizational capacity. Today, Synergos’ network of over 500 alumni and numerous partners are reaching out to millions of men, women and children in local communities throughout the country. Their dedication and commitment are making a difference.
Young Peace Ambassadors (YPA) Programme:
Funded by UNDP office in Ghana, this programme has developed a team of 70 well-informed, trained and enthusiastic young people who are championing the course of peace in Alavanyo and Nkonya. Through this programme, no significant violence was recorded during the 2008 and 2012 elections in the Alavanyo-Nkonya areas, compared to the recent past where tension and enmity between the two traditional areas resulted in massive chaos.
Generation for Peace (G4P) Initiative:
Funded by UNDP and building on efforts under the YPA, the G4P set in place a sustainable mechanism for engaging young people who hitherto have had little or no participation in the peace processes for Alavanyo and Nkonya. A week-long G4P Camp was held for the young ambassadors to kick-start the process, the first of its kind in the two areas, and a joint YPA Club has been established as a platform for sustained youth dialogue and action.
Career Development Programme:
Funded by the UNDP office in Ghana, this programme supports Ghana’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS-II) priority on human resource development for poverty reduction by increasing employment opportunities for young people and improving the support mechanisms necessary for entry into the job market.
MDG Youth Project:
Funded by the Africa office of the UN Millennium Campaign, this project raises awareness among young people about the MDGs, generates consensus among them to take pivotal role in the national processes towards achieving the goals, and builds the capacity of youth to “watch” government policies from a youth perspective.