GCAP Ghana is a network of organisations that work with persons with disabilities, women’s associations, faith-based groups, youth groups and healthcare advocacy groups. National member organisations have a bottom-up approaching, working closely with community-based groups.

Holding governments accountable to their commitments to the Agenda 2030 is a key task for us. GCAP Ghana has a comprehensive monitoring plan that employs social accountability tools, ensuring the government’s claims of goal-fulfilment is backed up by evidence-based research. Grassroots participation in monitoring will be given full support at the local level to ensure that ‘No One is Left Behind’ and that meaningful participation is achieved by all rights-holders.

The situation in Ghana is challenging, especially regarding the participation of women and other marginalized people in the country. Many marginalized groups do not have access to a platform to express their concerns. Their participation in decision-making at the local level must be strengthened. Another challenge is translating the Global Agenda to local issues, and to create a sense of meaningful engagement.

GCAP Ghana is governed by a national coordinating team which meets to plan and implement programs based upon the current lead topic and theme of the platform. Proposals by the national coordination team are circulated for feedback among all member organisation. Joint research on inequalities with policy organisations in Ghana and within the network of the SDG platform are also carried out.

Activities on SDGs:
GCAP develops advocacy based campaigns and projects for grass root mobilization on SDGs and issues of inequalities, climate change, agriculture, energy, biodiversity and environment.

Advocacy: GCAP Ghana uses an approach that recognises the different ways. This people-centred participatory approach aims to develop participants’ abilities and skills to diagnose and solve development problems.
Capacity building: GCAP Ghana build capacities of local community and NGOs in the thematic areas like Governance, Sustainable Livelihoods and Human Right based issues.
Awareness: through debates, information-sharing workshops, public policy forums, popular education, radio and other media .
Community Mobilization: GCAP Ghana identify the community assets and resources in the local community to help promoting the needed awareness.
Community Mobilization: GCAP Ghana encourage the local community to participants and contribute their diversity of experiences..
Publicity and Media Campaigns: GCAP Ghana use the media to highlight Sustainable Livelihoods.
Publications: GCAP Ghana publicise government’s international commitments, disseminate knowledge of Human Rights instruments
Networking: GCAP Ghana is member of Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition, Ghana Health Coalition within five regions

​Ongoing Activities
Sustainability Knowledge by promoting sustainable livelihoods/development and resilient community building. Participant come up with solutions to knowledge transfer problems that have been identified in their communities.

  • Membership drive
  • Engaging government, civil society, schools and the public in promoting renewable energy as part of our campaign in advocating for a 10%renewable energy in Ghana’s energy mix.
  • #IWD events with UNIC Accra, in a local community outside Accra. It was a good idea to host the event outside Accra because much of the IWD attention was centred around urban communities with urban residents as target audience.http://accra.sites.unicnetwork.org/2018/03/14/unic-accra-partners-abibiman-to-hold-iwd-events-in-local-community/
  • Engaged in sensitizing women in rural communities on sustainable wood fuel production and improving access to improved cookstoves in rural communities in 3 regions in the country.
  • Green Life clubs have been sensitizing students in senior high schools on the sustainable development goals and how they are young people can influence to the achieving of the global goals at the local level.
  • Advocating for climate action through its campaigns, influencing of various government programming by participating in stakeholder consultations.
  • Engaging women on its Gender and Energy development campaign to sensitize women on clean energy technologies and increase women participation in decision making process with regards to energy development issues.
  • Engaging persons with disabilities on their role in enhancing social justice and accountability at the district level on the localization of the SDGs.
  • Engaging civil society organisations and metropolis to develop SDG tracking tool for building social accountability in the local assembly.
  • Press on Release oil split http://3news.com/group-demands-oil-spillage-assessment-at-tema-port-as-tanker-vessel-splits-into-two/

Research is conducted on each of the thematic areas of work namely, governance, Inequalities and poverty.

 

Thematic focus

  • Eradication of poverty (SDG 1)
  • The right to food (SDG 2)
  • Access to healthcare (SDG 3)
  • Quality education (SDG 4)
  • Gender equality (SDG 5)
  • Access to clean water and sanitation (SDG 6)
  • Decent work (SDG 8)
  • Reduce inequalities, e.g. tax justice (SDG 10)
  • Climate justice (SDG 13)
  • Protect life below water (SDG 1)
  • Combat desertification, land degradation and loss of biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Partnership for Global Justice e.g. trade and the financial system
  • GCAP provides training for disability, youth associations, women groups
  • GCAP Ghana engages with government and its bodies on policy programming and decision making as the grassroot representation of communities which are directly or indirectly affected by these policy actions and interventions.
  • Engaging in advocacy and sensitization of various renewable energy technologies to support the promotion of Renewable Energy use in Ghana.
  • Policy briefs on various policy programming and issues in the climate change
  • GCAP Ghana develop an advocacy strategy for SDG tracking.

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