Population: 29.46 million (UN, 2017)
Life expectancy: 64 years (men), 66 years (women) (UN)
Human Development Index: 0.592 (140/189 ) Languages: English, Twi, Ga, Ewe Currency: Ghana Cedi
Ghana has made considerable progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and continues to be a model of good governance and democracy in the West Africa sub-region. However, the communities we work with (largely smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs) continue to face significant challenges to achieving resilient, secure livelihoods.
These challenges include: the threats caused by climate change (including reduced and unreliable rainfall), lack of access to credit (which blocks people from investing in small businesses and saving for ‘rainy days’), limited knowledge of improved agricultural techniques and technologies, geographical isolation from government services – which are often poor quality and do not adequately meet their needs – plus further gender, age, geographic and economic inequalities. More widely, there are more people living in absolute poverty than in 2012 and inequality is increasing across the country.
United Purpose Ghana works in partnership to help communities to tackle these and other key issues, with the aim of helping people to gain agency over their own lives – so they can move Beyond Aid.
2017-8 in numbers
14,321 smallholder and and agro-processors with increased incomes
15,922 farmers trained
16,298 farmers, agro-processors and shea butter processors supported to strengthen or establish businesses
8,736 people with access to loans from Village Savings and Loans groups, facilitated by UP
8,898 people with increased knowledge of environmental issues, through Good Agronomic Practices and Parkland management training
81,385 people made aware of their rights - particularly in relation to maternal healthcare
Country Director: Juliette Lampoh
Head Office: House No. 15A Parsnip Street, Opposite True Love Nursery School, East Legon, Accra, Ghana
Postal Address: PMB KIA 129, Airport –Accra, Ghana.