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International Development Studies

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International Development Studies

Placements

An International Development Student collecting grasses in a whicker basket in Ghana with other local women

Organisation

Location

Student

Placement

Years

ABANTU for Development: Established in 1991, ABANTU for Development is a registered NGO that focuses on issues of gender and development in Ghana and Africa. ABANTU advocates for women’s rights by increasing the capacity of African women through participation in social, economic and political decision-making processes. Their work includes advocacy campaigns, training, research, institutional development and networking with partner organizations.

Website: http://www.abantu-rowa.org/

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2014-2015

2012-2013

AfriKids Ghana: AfriKids Ghana is a NGO that looks to alleviate poverty in Ghana’s northern region with a specific focus on children. Some AfriKids projects have focused on issues of education, child trafficking, and orphans. In an effort to build sustainability, AfriKids has started running several social business projects, including the AfriKids Blue Sky Lodge.  

Website: http://www.afrikids.org/ghana

Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

2012-2013

Agotime: District-level unit of Ghana’s Ministry of Agriculture tasked to manage and co-ordinate food and agriculture within the district and to ensure  the development and effective implementation of agricultural programmes​

Ziope District, Volta Region

2018-2019

Amnesty International Ghana’s mission is “to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights (Amnesty, 2018).” Amnesty International Ghana has been contributing to achieve global goals and objectives of Amnesty International by taking part in the worldwide campaigns and undertaking local human right’s work.

Website: https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/africa/ghana/                                                                                      

Accra, Greater Accra Region

 

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

Arthur Energy Advisors: Arthur Energy Advisors (AEA) is a consultancy and advisory services firm based in Accra.  AEA serves the energy sector in Africa, especially the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries.

Website: http://www.arthuradvisors.com/aa/

Western Region

2011-2012

Atorkor Development Foundation (ADF): Atorkor Development Foundation is a community-based organization that seeks to improve the lives of those in the community. ADF has a variety of ongoing projects that look to address issues surrounding education, health and sanitation, the environment, and sustainable livelihoods. Some of ADF’s current projects include a vocational training academy, a health centre, and ICT programming at the local basic school.

Website: http://www.adfatorkor.org

Atorkor, near Keta,

Volta Region

 

2012-2013

Bawku East Women’s Development Association (BEWDA): BEWDA is a local organization with many programs focusing on women’s rights, food and farming, education and capacity building, microfinance and markets, and conflict resolution in the Bawku area. Their main aim is to empower women, children, and people with disabilities.

Bawku,

Upper East Region

2011-2012

Care International Ghana: Care International operates globally. In Ghana, he organization’s main mandate is to alleviate rural poverty through integrated development projects. Some targeted issues are education, health, governance, and sustainable livelihoods.

Website: http://www.care.org/country/ghana

Tamale, Northern Region; Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

2016-2017

2014-2015

Center for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID) is a non-Governmental, non-profit and non-Partisan organisation, whose mandate is to reduce poverty and illiteracy in Ghana’s Northern Region. CALID runs programmes in area of governance, education, health, and livelihoods.

Website:http://oxfamibis.org/partners/centre-active-learning-and-integrated-development/

Tamale, Northern Region

2018-2019

2016-2017

2011-2012

Centre for Environmental Impact Analysis (CEIA): Established in 2005, CEIA’s mandate is to advocate for and increase knowledge of Ghana’s environment and resource management. Partnering with other environmental advocacy organizations, CEIA’s primary focus is on mining and its environmental and social costs on communities. The organization also addresses issues related to climate change and waste management.

Cape Coast, Central Region

2012-2013

Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD): This NGO’s main purpose is to strengthen traditional authorities and civil society organisations to facilitate sustainable grassroots organisational development, giving voice to the poor and vulnerable rural families. CIKOD’s work promotes a community development approach that empowers and builds on the existing indigenous institutions and resource base of communities.

Website: http://cikodgh.org/

Wa,

Upper West Region

2018-2019

2016-2017

Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP): Established in 1983, CEDEP is a service-oriented NGO that supports various development interventions in a multi-faceted fashion. CEDEP’s projects include facilitating education programs, advisory and consultancy services, research, training, advocacy, and networking initiatives.

Website: http://www.cedepghana.org/

Kumasi, Ashanti Region

2014-2015

Challenging Heights’s mission is to ensure a secured, protected and dignified future and life for children and youth by promoting their rights, education, and health. This NGO rescues and helps to provide education for children who have returned from slavery and the worst forms of child labor.

Website: http://www.challengingheights.org

Winneba, Central Region

 

2011-2012

Community Development and Advocacy Center (CODAC): Seeks to promote and protect the interest of the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, by providing them with information through capacity building, community advocacy and self–help initiatives, income generating activities, access to reproductive services, good governance and human rights.

Bolgatanga,

Upper East

2018-2019

Community Training Projects (CTP): Located in a former Liberian Refugee Camp, Community Training Projects (CTP), is a local Community-Based Organization working to empower Liberian Refugees in Ghana. Since its inception in 2007, CTP has facilitated education and training programs in various disciplines, including agriculture and business, for many Liberian refugees. Currently, they seek to provide opportunities for women and children with regards to education, health, and livelihoods projects

Buduburam, West of Accra, Greater Accra Region

2014-2015

Compassion International, Ghana

Compassion International is a Christian humanitarian aid child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of Children living in Poverty around the world. This organization has done a lot to protect vulnerable children ranging from Education to social protection.

Website: www.compassion.com

Goma District, near Kasoa, Central Region

 

2017-2018

Create Change Ghana: Dedicated to “sustainable development” at the grassroots level, this NGO focuses on educational. Examples of their work include implementing construction projects, providing teaching and learning materials to schools, and running a sponsorship program for girls to improve access to education. Create Change uses short documentaries and social media blogs to build a connection between donor and recipient.

Tamale, Northern Region

2011-2012

Empower Playgrounds Inc. (EPI): Located in various communities throughout Ghana, Empower Playgrounds Inc. provides power-generating Merry-Go-Round systems to selected public schools and communities without mainstream electricity grid connections. EPI hopes that by providing small amounts of electricity, produced by the power of playing, the quality of education and the resulting literacy levels in these communities will improve.

Website: www.empowerplaygrounds.org

Oyarifa, Greater Accra Region & Kpala Island, Volta

 

2014-2015

2012-2013

Farm Radio International: This Canadian-based organization works in direct partnership with approximately 375 radio broadcasters in 39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. Farm Radio’s program supports broadcasters in meeting the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities, and helps broadcasters build the skills to develop content that responds to local needs.

Website: www.farmradio.org

Tamale, Northern Region

2015-2016

2011-2012

Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA):

FOSDA is devoted to conducting research and providing training on issues that affect the development of the West African Sub region. It provides a forum for the exchange of theoretical and practical knowledge for the enhancement of human security and works at the grassroots levels to serve the needs of people in eradicating poverty and establishing human rights.

Website: www.fosda.net

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2017-2018

Ghana Refugee Board: GRB is a governmental institution that was established as part of the Ghana Refugee Law in 1992. The GRB facilitates and manages all issues pertaining to refugees, asylum seekers and refugee camps/settlements in Ghana. The GRB’s overall mandate is to promote the socio-economic rights of refugee communities and individual refugees. They work in collaboration with the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Website: https://www.mint.gov.gh/agencies/ghana-refugee-board/

Accra, Greater Accra Region

 

2017-2018

2014-2015

Gurune Style FM: Style FM was converted from a Bolgatanga-based private radio station to a community radio station for Gurune speaking people in the Upper East region. All programs and presentations, which are development and education centered, are done in the Gurune language, in consultation with the communities. The station’s goal is to preserve and promote the language and positive cultural values and identity of the people of Bolgatanga and its surrounding settlements.

Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

2011-2012

Hanover Green: Hanover Green is a for-profit social enterprise focused on providing solutions to educational, consulting, and software needs.  Many of their projects seek to measure the challenges and successes of corporate social responsibility-driven development projects in Ghana.

Website: http://www.hanovergreengh.com

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2014-2015

Hope for Future Generations (HFFG): Hope for Future Generations works nationally to address gender dimensions of community development, seeking to provide support for women and children. Some of the organizations target issues include girl-child education, maternal health, and sustainable livelihoods. 

Website: http://www.hffg.org/

Ajumako, near Winneba, Central Region

 

2012-2013

IBIS Ghana:  IBIS’s mandate is to support equal access to education, influence, and resources through community–based projects and advocacy in Africa. The organization works to create structural reform through strengthened civil society at the local and national level. Two of IBIS’s ongoing projects in Ghana include Public Participation in Local Governance (PPLG) and Education for Empowerment (EfE). 

Website: http://www.ibiswestafrica.com/

Tamale, Northern Region

2012-2013

I-Space Foundation is a Tech Hub working in partnership with Indigo Trust, Google, and ATTI. Their main goals are to collaborate and network, improve the capabilities of the local tech community, liaise between the local tech community and the global tech community, and to increase gender equality in the local tech industry.

Website: http://ispacegh.com/job-vacancies-in-the-community

Labone, Greater Accra Region

2016-2017

KITE – Institute for Technology and Energy: KITE is a leading actor in the energy, technology and environment sector. KITE attempts to influence policy formulation and implementation to promote the effective supply and use of renewable and non-renewable energy resources for enhanced sustainability and productivity.

Website: http://kiteonline.net/

 

Accra, Greater Accra Region

 

2011-2012

Law and Development Associates (LADA): LADA often works hand in hand with government officials and politicians to create accountable and just political systems. A multi-disciplinary consulting firm, they focus on advocacy for good governance through policy creation and legislation.

Website: http://www.ladagroupgh.com/ 

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2017-2018

2012-2013

Maranatha Community School: The Maranatha Community School provides basic education to an isolated community. Though integrated into the mainstream Ghana Education Service, Maranatha Community School is supported primarily by the labour of community members, the finances of the Maranatha Beach Camp (a local business), and international volunteers. 

Kewunor, near Ada Foah,

Greater Accra Region

 

2012-2013

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

MEDA invests in people living in poverty around the world, so they can unleash their potential, earn a livelihood, provide for their families, and enrich their communities.

Website: www.meda.org

 

2019-2020

2017-2018

The Mmofra Foundation:  Established in 1997, Mmofra seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of children in Ghana.  The mandate of the organization is to educate children through the arts and creative play. Mmofra’s “office” is very unique: a multi-faceted, environmentally sustainable educational park in the Dzorwulu area in Accra.

Website: http://mmofraghana.org/

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2014-2015

Nazareth Home for God’s Children

Nazareth Home for God's Children is run by Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love. Their mandate is to rescue, care for, and educate children with all kinds of disabilities.

Website: www.sisterstanschildren.org

Sang, Northern Region

2017-2018

NewEnergy: Established in Tamale in 1994, NewEnergy, seeks to address the institutional inadequacies of Ghana’s social service sector, infrastructure and development in rural communities of the Northern Region. NewEnergy focuses on improving access to and quality of water and sanitation, energy, the environment, and sustainable livelihoods. Some of the organizations project areas include, but are not limited to: harnessing solar energy, rainwater harvesting, and solar drip-irrigation systems.

Tamale, Northern Region

2014-2015

The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA). A civil society organization working in the interests of the marginalized to promote social justice. Conducts research and advocacy to influence and shape policies and programmes on governance, agriculture, Environment, climate change and education for accelerated transformation.

Website: www.norpra.org

Bolgatanga,

Upper East Region

2018-2019

Northern Region Planning and Coordinating Unit: The NRPCU is a government institution that coordinates development activities in the Northern Region by liaising with other operating development agencies. This includes advising development partners on projects and investments, supporting the district planning process of the district assembly and providing policy advice for development in the Northern Region.

Tamale, Northern Region

2011-2012

Northern Sector Action on Awareness Center (NORSAAC)

NORSAAC is dedicated to championing an improved quality of life for women, youth, and marginalized groups. NORSAAC actively engages in community and policy-based work in the areas of Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health, Gender and Governance, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development, and Education.

Website: www.norsaac.org

Tamale, Northern Region

2018-2019

2017-2018

One million Health Campaign, Ghana

The One Million Health Workers campaign Ghana, under the Millennium Promise Alliance, strives to bring about greater health care empowerment in Ghana through the mobilization of Ghanaian Community Health Care Workers. Apart from Health, the Millennium Promise Alliance also provides a range of services and programmes in the sectors of Agriculture, Education, Infrastructure, and Business Development.

Website: www.1millionhealthworkersghana.org

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2018-2019

Pathfinder International Ghana: Pathfinder International provides women, men, and adolescents throughout the developing world with access to quality family planning and reproductive health information and services. Pathfinder works to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, to provide care to women suffering from the complications of unsafe abortion, and to advocate for sound reproductive health policies.

Website: www.pathfind.org

Tamale, Bolga and three Northern Regions

 

2011-2012

Poetry Foundation of Ghana: Poetry Foundation of Ghana was founded in 2007, with the goal of creating a national, regional, and international platform for Ghanaian poetry and poets.  The foundation works to support all forms of Ghanaian poetry: written and spoken, traditional and contemporary.

Website: http://www.poetryfoundationghana.org/

Kumasi, Ashanti Region

 

2012-2013

Pronet North is an NGO working on issues of health, livelihoods, energy, environment, education, governance, and women’s empowerment. Over the last eighteen years, it has successfully implemented a range of projects from water, sanitation and hygiene services delivery, training and capacity building, to governance, child rights, sustainable livelihoods and microfinance for women’s empowerment, advocacy, disaster response and disaster risks reduction.

Website: http://pronetghana.com/

Wa,

Upper West Region

2018-2019

2016-2017

Radio Ada: This non-profit community radio station first went ‘on-air’ in February of 1998. Radio Ada seeks to promote the language, culture and traditions of the Dangme people through its programming.

Big Ada, Greater Accra Region

2015-2016

2012-2013

Right to Play:  Right to Play evolved out of an awareness and fundraising organization called Olympic Aid, conceived to show support for people in war-torn countries and areas of distress. In 2000, Olympic Aid became Right to Play. It has since transitioned from a fundraising vehicle to an implementing NGO working to demonstrate the transformative power of play as a tool for youth empowerment.

Website: http://www.righttoplay.com/

Tamale, Northern Region

2016-2017

2012-2013

Talensi Area Women’s Development Project (TAWODEP): TAWODEP is a community-based organization addressing gender issues in rural communities.  The organization was founded in 2003, and continues to support projects like micro-finance loans, literacy programmes, and vocational and business training for women.

Talensi District, Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

2018-2019

2015-2016

2014-2015

2012-2013

Teepaling Gbeogo -Center for Rural and Economic Development: Since 2008, TG-CRED a community based non-governmental organization has been committed to addressing numerous community issues such as sanitation and climate change. Future Projects include: videography training for women and young girls, borehole drilling, local resource development, irrigation, etc.

Tongo,

Upper East Region

2018-2019

Tuma Kavi Development Association (TKVA): TKVA works in thirty-two communities in four districts in the Northern region. Their mission is to improve the quality of life and living standards of vulnerable populations, primarily women and children. Their main project areas are education of children (especially the girl child), primary health care, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and micro development enterprise.

Tamale, Northern Region

2015-2016

Youth Alive: Youth Alive is a charitable NGO which aims to give street and vulnerable children and the youth a second chance to live a life of dignity, reintegrate into the society and contribute to the development of their community and the nation as a whole. Youth are given training in various tasks such as hairdressing, carpentry, cloth weaving, car spraying and dressing.

Website: www.youthaliveghana.org

Bolgatanga,

Upper East Region

2018-2019

United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): The secretariat provides expertise and assists the analysis and review of climate change information reported by parties and in the implementation of the Kyoto mechanism.

Website: www.unfcc.int

Accra,

Greater Accra Region

2018-2019

Urban Agriculture Network – Northern Ghana (UrbANet): This network of small-scale farmers in northern Ghana focuses on capacity building, knowledge sharing, advocacy for urban food security policy, gender mainstreaming, sustainable micro-finance, and rights of women and girls.

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/urbanetghana/home

Tamale, Northern Region

2011-2012

Water Research Institute (WRI):  The Water Research Institute is a public research organization, governed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The WRI works to generate socio-economic and scientific research on Ghana’s water bodies, as a means to develop strategies and techniques for resource management and development.

Website: http://www.csir-water.com/

Accra,

Tamale, Northern Region

Akosombo, Eastern Region

 

2012-2013

West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP): WANEP is a civil society organization that was founded in 1998 in response to civil wars that plagued West Africa. Some of the programmes and projects that WANEP facilitates in the region includes: Women in Peacebuilidng, Non-Violence and Peace Education, and the West African Early Warning Response Network (WARN).

Website: http://wanep.org/

Accra, Greater Accra Region

2017-2018

2012-2013

Widows and Orphans Movement: Established in 1993, the Widows and Orphans Movement (WOM) is a small grassroots NGO working with vulnerable communities, specifically women and children, in Bolgatanga and around the Upper East Region. The organization’s mandate focuses on gender empowerment through education, sustainable livelihoods initiatives, and health-related programming. They seek to economically, socially, and culturally empower widows and their children. Over the past 25 years, WOM has provided vocational training, income generation, micro-credit and agriculture projects to WOM’s beneficiaries. WOM also provides support, legal advice, and representation for widows and their families.

Website: http://www.womghana.org/

Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

2017-2018

2014-2015

2011-2012

Youth Action on Reproductive Order (YARO): By using peer educators, YARO focuses on youth reproductive health programs in the three northern regions.

Tamale, Northern Region

2011-2012

Zorbisi Development Centre (ZODEC):  Zorbisi Development Centre (ZODEC) is a small grassroots NGO that focuses on community development initiatives. The organization’s projects promote sustainable livelihoods for community members. Some of their projects include the creation of the Beacon Academy community school, afterschool programs, skills and vocational training for local artisans, and youth empowerment programs.

Zorbisi, near Bolgatanga, Upper East Region

2012-2013