Centre for Capacity Improvement for the Wellbeing of the Vulnerable – CIWED Ghana is a Non-Governmental, Non-profit and Non-Partisan organisation, formed with the aim of promoting quality of life for the poor and marginalized in society particularly women and children to ascertain their rights.
- Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) Project
CIWED entered into partnership with International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) in 2017under the Agriculture Technology Transfer (ATT) project with funding from USAID Feed the Future Programme rolled out the agriculture intervention to build the capacity of Farmer-based Organisations (FBOs) where predominantly on best agronomic practices to increase their yields and for them to contribute in feeding the future.
The following are the achievements under the ATT project:
· The project reached out to 5,780 members of (FBOs) in Mion and Bole districts sensitize them on good agronomic practices such as Soil Fertility Management, Soil Testing, planting in Rows, Right Fertilisation Application, weed control, best time of harvesting to prevent pre-harvest and post-harvest losses among others through video screening and community sensitisations.
· The project has also distributed 418 starter packs to 418 farmers in Bole district to set up a demonstration fields in the 2017/2018 farming season to test the new technology and a doubt it.
· Under the ATT project, CIWED cultivated 20 acres of soybean and 20 acres of maize certified seeds, in Mion district, which produced good yield and use to support government flagship Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) programme in 2018.
· CIWED distributed over 3 tonnes of certified soybeans seeds and 2.1 tonnes of certified maize seeds to over 2,650 smallholder farmers in Bole and Mion districts where majority of them were women.
2. USAID Agriculture Finance Project
CIWED in partnership with SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) with funding from USAID Agri-finance project advocated for smallholder farmers who are primarily women to access banking services at the comfort of their homes to promote electronic cash transaction for safe keeping of their monies. The project covered Mion, Sagnarigu, Tamale Metro, and West Mampurisi and Bole districts.
The following are the achievements under the USAID Agriculture Finance Project
· The project mobilised over 5, 394 smallholder farmers in the aforementioned districts in the northern region of Ghana.
· The project collaborated with Fidelity Bank in Tamale to linked up to 2, 780 smallholder farmers to open SMART accounts with Fidelity Bank in order to bring banking services to the doorsteps of these smallholder farmers and to encourage the operation of cashless system in communities.
· The Agri-Finance project also trained over 50 women groups on Village Savings and Loans Association on Financial Literacy and numeracy and basic Records Keeping.
3. Women Agenda 2030 Project
CIWED entered into partnership with Women Environmental Programme in August 2018 to implement women economic empowerment advocacy project on women access to fertile lands for crop production. Research in Ghana revealed that women do not have access to fertile lands for crop production especially in the northern part of the country. The project main aim was to partner with local authorities and lobby for allocation of fertile lands to women for crop production, specifically maize, soybeans and rice.
The following are the achievements under the Women Agenda 2030 Project
– Five communities in the Mion district benefited from the project.
– 872 women were reached out to and five advocacy groups were formed to champion the course of the project.
– 35 women group leaders were trained on advocacy, negotiation and lobbying skills
– 10 Gender Equality Champions (comprises of influential and religious people in communities) were identified and trained on advocacy negotiation and lobbying skills
– 82 beneficiaries were trained on good agronomic practices including soil fertility management process.
– 96 women were able to acquire fertile lands (average of 4 acres each) to cultivate maize, rice and soybeans and the yields were overwhelming.
About the Women Agenda 2030 Project
Women CSOs networking to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (Post-2015) also known as Women2030 project is an EU funded coalition of 5 global and regional women and gender networks working towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs in 52 countries of the world. It is being implemented in the following regions of the world: Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Women 2030 project comprise of the following 5 global and regional women and gender networks: Women in Engage for a Common Future (WECF); Women Environmental Programme (WEP); Global Forest Coalition (GFC); Gender and Water Alliance (GWA); and Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). WECF is the lead applicant of the Women2030 project while WEP is the lead partner in Africa.
The Objectives of Women2030 Project is to build capacity of women’s and gender-focused civil society organizations on planning, monitoring and implementation of the SDGs/post 2015 agenda and the climate agreement. Create awareness at all levels of gender-equitable best practices and progress of national post-2015 SDG plans. Ensure more gender-responsive SDGs/post 2015 plans with participation of women and women’s organizations.
- Community-Based Livelihood Initiative Project (CLIP) 1 and 2
CIWED in partnership with Tools for Self Reliance (TfSL), a UK based donor since 2019 to provide skills training for 15 young people from 2019 to 2020 and 26 young persons from 2012 to 2022 in Tamale, Sagnarigu and Nanton. The project which started in July 2019 to train 10 young girls in dressmaking and 5 young boys in welding and fabrication. Also the second face see to train 15 young girls in dressmaking, 6 young boys in welding and fabrication and 5 young girls in Hairdressing/Beautician. Many of these young people were selected from the streets and part of the project aim is to re-integrate them back to their homes when they are done with the trainings.
The following are the achievements so far since its inception in July:
– 10 young girls are places in dressmaking shops and have since started their skills trainings and 15 new once have also started their training.
– 5 young boys are placed at welding and fabrication shops and have since started their skills trainings and 6 young boys are currently in internship.
– 5 young girls are places in Hairdressing/Beautician internship for one year
– 15 young people in Tamale Metropolis and Sagnarigu Municipal are self-reliant and able to cater for their basic needs and their immediate families.
– 15 young people in the project communities acquired theoretical knowledge in business and financial literacy, Life skills, and Entrepreneurship and improved their income generation levels and negotiation in the business sector.
– Over 80 stakeholders including parents, traditional leaders and religious leaders made aware of the project and accept and commit their support to the project and its objectives.
– About 150 people within the project communities received awareness about the project benefit, goals and objectives.
CIWED is currently in partnership with Difäm through Alliance for Future Generations – AFG/WUZDA Ghana to implement a COVID 19 Project which aimed at developing actions to mitigate the progressive spread of CVID 19 disease and improving sanitation in Wovogu and Zion Communities.
The following are the achievements so far since its inception in August:
– About 238 communities members were sensitized on the mode of spreading of the virus, the signs and symptoms of the disease and the precautionary measures
– communities were sensitized on some of the Ghana government’s preventive measures
– 150 Tipi-Taps washing facilities were distributed
– 150 reusable notes marks distributed.
CIWED is currently in partnership with Plan International through Plan International Ghana, implementing a multi country grant from Global Affairs Canada (Canada Federal Identity Program), on Women Voice and Leadership with the aims of empowering women and young girls to claim their rights to decision-making and sustainable livelihood through capacity building processes to influence responsible resource governance. That is Women’s access to equal participation in decision-making and economic resources are not just a democratic right but it is critical for accountable, transparent and responsive governance. The project is currently running in 5 communities in the Nantong District. The project built the capacity of over 200 women network groups on key gender transformative issues. The project formed VSLA of 75 women from 5 communities and further gave them capacity on basic group management and book keeping.
The following are the achievements of the project:
- 5 community gender networks (Ge-net) groups formed in the project communities.
- About 200 Ge-net members trained on advocacy, lobbying and negotiation skills.
- About 2800 community members sensitized on gender issues
- 75 women formed into Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA)
- 75 women trained on financial literacy and basic book keeping skills and income generating activities [IGA]
- Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
CIWED is again implementing a COVID-19 Rapid Response and Recovery Small Grants Mechanism, to Support coordinated civil society advocacy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) with funding support from World Health Organization through Management Sciences for Health Inc. (MSH) to contribute to advocacy and accountability for the continuation of quality, lifesaving health and nutrition services for women, children, and adolescents during and after the COVID 19 pandemic, and for improving health outcomes in these areas. The project started in September, 2021 and will end in June 2022,
- Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)
CIWED is currently in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to implement a gender transformative initiative project on Women Voice and Leadership to address a gender in equality and sexual and gender based violence with the aims of building the capacity of women, young girls and boys with a school going age and the community structures to lead the gender transformation advocacy to eliminate gender inequalities and violence against Womens and girls. The project built the capacity of over 2,840 community members and stakeholders in short-term and 8,741 in the medium to long term, and this will bring the visibly empowered women, girls and boys and influential men (Gender Equality Champions) leading the gender transformative agenda to promote gender equality in project districts and communities in the long term change of the Project and result.
CIWED Ghana Social media handles
- Twitter handle (https://twitter.com/ciwed5 )
- Facebook handle (C-I-W-E-D-Ghana)
Organizational Capacity statement
CIWED is a Ghanaian legally registered Non-Governmental Organisation in operation since July 2016. It has experience staff, who are in the field of NGOs for a decade and more. They have served in varied positions in other organisations before joining CIWED. They have served in project management, finance management, field coordination and administrative positions with related qualifications and have excellently performed well in their positions. All these contributed to earn the current positions they are holding in the organisation. The organisation has four graduates from the universities and one HND graduate in addition to two volunteers, helping in the field activities. The gender segregation is four (4) males and three (3) females. The total staff capacity is seven (7).
CIWED has three (3) management members, which consist of the Executive Director, Finance Manager and Programmes Manager who run the day-to-day business of the organisation, including the implementation of the policies formulated by the board. The organization also has two (2) project officers responsible for field activities implementation and monitoring of progress of work at the community and district level. There is also one (1) administrative assistant responsible for administrative duties and works under the supervision of the finance and administrative manager and volunteers some times. It has five boards of directors who have vast experience in different fields of endeavour, ranging from Health, Agriculture, Finance and Governance. It is an advisory body who are responsible for policy formulations, strategic direction for the organization and contribute in fundraising.
CIWED has a financial manual that spells out how transactions are conducted, management of funds with full compliance to donor and statutory requirements.
The organisation also has a Human Resource Manual, which indicate how individuals are recruited, capacity building of staff, labour relation issues, staff policies, grievance and dispute resolution and all industrial relations issues bordering staff.
CIWED has so far managed a number of different grant projects, which include: Transfer and scale up improved technologies and practices with IFDC, USAID SMART Agri-Finance Project with Netherlands development organization( SNV), Empower a Woman; you empower the Whole Community Project with Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Community-Based Livelihood one and two from Tools for Self Reliance UK, Promoting Community Based Enhanced Systems Management Preventing Contacting COVID – 19 (ProBESPCoD) with Difäm through Alliance for Future Generations – AFG/WUZDA Ghana, Women Voice and Leadership Project with Plan International/Global Affairs Canada through Plan International Ghana and support coordinated civil society advocacy and accountability for women’s, children’s and adolescents ‘health (WCAH) in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic with Management Sciences for Health, Inc. (MSH). These are international reputable entities with varied development agenda.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY:
CIWED has a strong built finance unit made up of the finance and administrative manager, assisted by a finance assistance. We have strong accounting software that is the Quick Books Non-profit Accounting Edition. With this system, we are able to code and classify all our accounts in chart of accounts for easy posting and charging of expenditures to their respective classes. The capacity of the organization to manage its funds is unquestionable considering previous programmes it has managed with both internal and external generated funds.