Officials of ActionAid Ghana and the Gender Minister and other dignitories cutting the anniversary cake.
ActionAid Ghana, an affiliate of ActionAid, an international anti-poverty development agency has launched its 25th anniversary celebrations and Ghana Country Strategy Paper V.
Speaking in a welcome address at the launch under the theme ’25 years of fighting Poverty Together for National Development’, Board Chair of ActionAid Ghana, Marilyn Aniwa said the Strategy Paper V will drive ActionAid Ghana’s development programmes for the next five years.
‘The development document comes under the name ‘Increasing Possibilities, Claiming Rights’ which was chosen to reflect the connection between basic human rights as a necessity and the enormous development possibilities that exist for us to work together to make this possible,’ she said.
According to her, in the next five years, ActionAid hopes to increase development possibilities for people living in poverty across the country.
Reflecting on the 25 years journey of the organization, she said ‘for 25 years, we have worked hard to campaign against inequitable teacher distribution, gender-based violence, child and forced marriage, marriage by abduction, gender discrimination, outmoded customary practices, female genital mutilation, witchcraft accusations and human rights violations.’
‘When we started our operations in the Upper East Region in 1990, we were a small country programme working in a few communities. Today, ActionAid Ghana is an award-winning development agency working in hundreds of deprived and marginalized communities in six regions in Ghana,’ she recounted.
Ms. Aniwa hinted that ‘with the launch of the new development strategy, we hope to expand our operations and extend into other regions.’
Vice President, Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur in a statement read on his behalf at the launch commended ActionAid Ghana for its support to the development of the poor over the years.
According to him, ActionAid has been active in infrastructural developments in rural areas including the construction of schools.
He reiterated that government was committed to partnering Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in empowering poor persons in the country.
The launch was attended by heads of the various civil society organizations in Ghana and politicians including the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur.
ActionAid as an anti-poverty development agency works in over 46 countries globally to promote human rights, and fight injustice and poverty.
The organization works with the poorest and most deprived people in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other disadvantaged and marginalized communities.
BY Melvin Tarlue & Kevin Trevellyan
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