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  • Simple hand-pump borehole technology helps reverse the risks of drought and flood impacts in Northern Ghana

    As part of UNDP’s efforts to increase the adaptive capacity of rural communities to climate change impacts, while supporting the Government of Ghana to achieve Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Access to clean water and sanitation - the CREW project supported the drilling of 22 operational boreholes in 22 communities in the Bawku West and Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo Districts of the Upper East and Northern regions respectively. These boreholes are providing access to clean water to over 10,000 beneficiaries, mainly women and children.

  • Putting smiles on faces- microfinance shows the way

    Today, Madam Ama Osaa, a single parent and mother of 4, wears broad smiles on her face as she looks intently into the future with hope for her palm kernel oil business. “For me, it has been a lifeline. It has really wiped away my tears and put smiles on my face”, says Ama.

  • How Ghanaian women address food insecurity using “egg of the world”

    Finio (known locally as ‘egg of the world’) thrives in arid lands making it suitable for cultivation even on degraded fields. UNDP working with GEF Small Grant Programme procured and installed equipment for processing and packaging ‘fonio’. The intervention now makes it possible for the group to process up to 1,500 kilograms of the crop each week.

  • Ghana celebrates 50 years of UNDP’s leadership on development support
    Aug 17, 2016

    The Government of Ghana, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has organized an event to celebrate UNDP’s contribution and achievements to Ghana’s development.

  • Savoring the gains from the refrigerator rebate scheme in Ghana

    “I wish I had replaced my old refrigerator earlier. When it comes to refrigerators, I can find a million reasons why new is better than old,” says George Effah Baffoe, a retired engineer and father of five as he turns in his old refrigerator for a new, energy efficient one.

  • From donkey carts to ambulance vans – saving pregnant women in Ghana

    “But for the ambulance van, I would have been carried on a donkey cart or a motorbike to the nearest clinic or hospital. It could have been a little too late to save either my life or that of my unborn child”, says Rina Laartegee who had serious running discharge during labour and had to undergo emergency Caesarean section.

  • Pumping water, building peace

    Fatimata Seidu, a 12-year-old girl from Changli in Northern Ghana, used to spend long hours fetching water. An age-old practice of burying the dead inside houses in her community meant that several boreholes were contaminated with toxins, and whatever few other water sources available were hotly disputed.

  • Blacksmiths rebuilding hope from the rubble in Ghana

    On the fringes of the once-dreaded town of Yendi – in the district of the same name in northeastern Ghana – sits middle-aged Abukari Abdulai in the shade of a rundown blacksmith’s shop. Abdulai is the Secretary of the Boriguyili Blacksmiths Association.

  • Justice within the reach of the poor in Ghana

    I am a happy wife. My husband has quit drinking and our children are now in school, says Faustina Agbesi, a 37-year-old resident of Duayaw Nkwanta. In Ghana, like many African countries, it is difficult for the poor and vulnerable to access justice, due partly to high cost of legal services.

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