Enhancing Grass Root Security and Youth Empowerment Project
YOUTH IN GHANA TO REALISE THEIR POTENTIAL/S.
Enhancing Grass Root Security and Youth Empowerment Project is a pilot project that started in November 2014, is expected to be completed by September 2016, funded by MISEREOR and implemented by The Development Institute. This will benefit vulnerable youth living in Akatsi South District, Ketu South and Ketu North Districts and Keta Municipal, all of which are situated in the Volta Region, the Southern part of Ghana along the Gulf of Guinea. Direct beneficiaries are 270 youths at least 30% of which are female and 2,500 indirect beneficiaries.
The Project Goal is: “To improve the dignity of disadvantaged and vulnerable youths in the coastal part of Ghana through empowering them with non-violent communication skills among others, so as to advocate for their economic, social and political rights in order to realize their potentials and as well, to take advantage of any available development opportunities”
Why this Project?
Ghana is democratic, with both presidential and parliamentary elections taking place every four years, the next elections being scheduled for December 2016. Over the years it has been evidently observed that election times are getting more and more characterised by violence, mob justice, chaotic political rallies and increased intake of toxic drinks and drugs. Youth in particular see this as an opening to expend their energies and have fun as they may consider it. Politicians therefore are usually set to take advantage of the situation and use these youth in executing their political agenda.
On the other hand, this target group is not only excluded from decision making but also, vulnerable and exposed to the impacts of social, economic and cultural changes plus shocks resulting from both local and foreign policy dynamics.
There is therefore an urgent need to facilitate a youth led process for internal transformation within their communities through non-violence communication skills and engaging duty bearers for expanding and opening up the socio-economic and political spaces for youth participation. This will guarantee equity, rights and a collective vision for a future where youths are appreciated as co-creators and co-actors. Stakeholders include: District Assemblies, Traditional authorities, Ghana police services, National Youth Authority and National Social welfare.
The project will achieve the above through the Intended Objectives below:
- A new cadre of facilitative, dynamic and peaceful youth leaders, balancing responsibility with rights, taking full advantage of the democratic space in Ghana.
- The emergence of a competent and vibrant youth platform from the Volta region, exchanging information, negotiating, and advocating for pertinent issues pertaining to the youth of Ghana
- Capacities of existing youth group enterprises built and strengthened through training/s.
Project beneficiaries are already receiving special skills in the following topics; Facilitative Leadership and Group Dynamics, Organizational Development, Critical Thinking, Business/ small enterprise Management, Non-violence Communication, Strategic Planning, Public Speaking, Conflict Transformation, Negotiation skills, dialogue, Lobby advocacy, Village Savings and Loan Associations, Market Development and Value Chain Analysis in addition, The DI is to engage youth leaders in developing and implement “Communication and Advocacy Strategies”.
Expected Project Outcomes:
- Energetic and self driven youths with clear set dreams and visions, acting of the actualisation of the same.
- A youth platform that is well established and handling all youth issues plus engaging duty bearers, thereby reducing youth violence occurrences.
- Youth in control of their financial and economic affairs, fully aware of the opportunities around them and taking advantage of such.
Successful implementation of this entire project is in line with the realisation of the National Youth Policy 2010, of The Government of Ghana which as well stresses the need to work with CSO’s such as The Development Institute, in the implementation of this policy.
This pilot project is seen as an up-scaling of the Grass Root security project of DI-“Continuation of Conflict Intervention & Peace Initiative by Women Program” (Krachi Peace Project); in Volta Region of Ghana that was again funded by MISEREOR, where youth and women played a vital role in transforming conflict and ensuring security while actively participating in the governance of their community and economy.
At the successful completion of this pilot project, The DI looks forward to partnering with institutions, agencies and or individuals that see the need to improve the well being of the youth in Ghana.
DURATION: November 2014-September 2016
FUNDING OORGANISATION: MISEREOR