Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ghana SDGs implementation and delivery mechanisms should strong focus on the poor and bottom-up approach

We will call on Ghana government to implement bottom-up approach time-bound SDGs-based national development strategies with appropriate plans and budgetary allocations; to improve SDGs implementation and delivery mechanisms with a strong focus on the poor and excluded groups particularly Women, Youth and Children; to produce concrete plans to enhance domestic resource mobilization that will be earmarked for SDGs achievement; to create and implement plans for increased transparency and fighting corruption,



Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibiman Foundation-
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Government must show political will and commit resources to deliver Ghana INDC


GOVERNMENT MUST SHOW POLITICAL WILL AND COMMIT RESOURES TO DELIVER GHANA INDC

Ghana on the 2015-09-23 at 21:05:00 submitted its INDC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) as part of Government commitment to fight climate change.  As Ghana prepares to participate in the COP21 in December this year in Paris.

Abibimman Foundation acknowledge the efforts and commitment of Government for engaging local experts through holding consultative meetings to have citizens/stakeholders make inputs when developing the Ghana INDC. This confirms what Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said that "the Black Man is Capable of managing his Own Affairs".

Abibimman Foundation commend the technical teams, CSOs and other stakeholders for their contributions and efforts in helping developed Ghana INDC. We confidently believe that Ghana as a nation can lead the process of African transformation. As we praise the country and the technical teams that worked on the INDC, it must be noted that words alone are not enough to deliver the change we need, it will take resources and political will to deliver and ensure we achieve the targets that have been set in the conditional and unconditional INDC that Ghana has developed for itself.

Even though we commend Government of Ghana for this laudable initiative for setting the pace in using its own citizen to developed Ghana INDC, Abibimman Foundation urge Government of Ghana to generate internal resources or make enough budgetary allocation to enable us achieve the Ghana INDC since over reliance of donor funding will affect our performance and implementation of own developed INDC.

Ghana might not have a strong negotiation position if we have a weak INDC, it is evident that we have the committing to reduce our emissions based. However, we believe that Ghana’s pledge to COP21 can be further strengthened

It is important for Government of Ghana to note that Coal is the most polluting of all fossil fuels and the largest single source of global warming and therefore must resist any attempt to use coal as cheapest means to generate power for it people which will only destroy the environment and affect livelihood. Clearly, Ghana and the rest of the world need to move rapidly away from burning fossil fuels and towards the use of renewable energy. This will require a great deal of political will—but the cost of further delay will be disastrous.

The president in his 2015 state of the nation address said, ‘We owe it ourselves as heirs of a generation that did this for us and perhaps even more importantly we owe it to our children and our children’s children’s  who deserve to live in a fully developed, prosperous, free and just society’.

Abibimman Foundation believe strongly that the president will lead this campaign and more importantly with other head of state across the world now that we have adopted the SDGs for another 15 years. We Hope that Government of Ghana will collaborate with civil society and all citizens so that together this generation will leave a planet free of coal and global warning for our children’s children’s.

God Bless Our Home Land Ghana.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHY THE INDCs WILL NOT ACHIEVE THE 2ᵒC GLOBAL TEMPERATURE TARGET


WHY THE INDCs WILL NOT ACHIEVE THE 2ᵒC GLOBAL TEMPERATURE TARGET
All roads lead to Paris in December for the cop 21 and some countries are still preparing their INDCs while others have submitted theirs. As climate change has become a global issue of which has called for the need of world leaders to gather, the politics of it is very important and therefore necessary for countries to critically analyze their INDCs before they submit them.
The intended nationally determined contributions of every country of the UNFCCC which is supposed to represent the country’s position and commitment to combatting climate change in line with the sustainable development goals (SDG) 13 which is stop climate change, 14 which is protect the ocean and 15 which is taking care of the earth must be carefully looked at and the inputs made must critically take into consideration or account, the future of our children and the unborn generation.
Therefore having a careful look at the INDCs submitted by some of the developing countries and if that is the toll others are going to take, then it is evident that we would not be able to achieve the 2ᵒc target or 1.5 degree set for global temperature and the low carbon emissions which we want to achieve. Although some countries like Gabon have withdrew their INDCs to review them, it is worth noting that Morocco on the other hand have done a great job in their INDCs and we believe that they should be a beacon for others to follow so as to effectively achieve the 2ᵒc set global temperature target. It will be more prudent for the Annex 1 countries, the EU, the US, Canada and others should do better and show robust leadership by withdrawing their INDCs and scaling up their contributions. Abibimman Foundation believe if we really want to make significant progress then the INDCs should be more ambitious.
This will help after the adoption at the cop in the achievement to low carbon emissions, a green economy and the 2ᵒc global temperature set target. Abibimman Foundation is calling on the Developing countries to do more in the preparation of their INDCs and those that have submitted must withdraw and review their INDCs by improving their contributions. The adaption measures taken by countries that have submitted their INDCs are vague and will not really address climate issues adaption. A more practical steps must be taken as adaptation measures to make it more feasible, realistic and achievable.
Establish key principles to guide its implementation, some of which are already contained in the Convention, and some of which, such as respect for human rights Of all, should not be left behind;
 
A universal core agreement that binds all Parties under international law, to take effect from2020. This should take the form of a Protocol or another ancillary agreement with the same effect. The requirement of ratification is usually strong evidence of countries’ intent to be bound.
 
By Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibimman Foundation
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wood Cookstown in Ghana

Families reliant on wood or biomass fuels for cooking there are a host of health problems tied to their use of cooking fires:

Smoke inhalation:  In many countries, women and young children spend hours a day in smoky cook houses. The biomass (wood, animal dung and crop residue) used as fuel gives off toxic smoke at about seven times the safe limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA). According to the WHO, every twenty seconds a person dies from this condition known as Indoor Air Pollution (IAP). IAP can lead to lung cancer, low birth rate, cataracts, bronchitis, TB, higher infant mortality and asthma as well as pneumonia and other respiratory infections which are the biggest killers of children under five years of age in the developing world.

Back and neck injuries:  Smoke inhalation is not the only health risk. Women and children also suffer back and neck injuries from gathering and carrying fuel wood. Children often burn themselves by falling into cooking fires. The injuries and diseases caused by the use of cooking fires can only be relieved by introducing less labor-intensive and cleaner cooking methods.

Severe burns: It is not uncommon for young children playing near cooking fires (particularly when the fires are temporarily un-attended by an adult) to step or fall into fires, suffering acute burn injuries.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Abibiman Foundation

http://m.myjoyonline.com/marticles/news/thousands-of-youths-marched-in-solidarity-with-action2015-campaign-in-ghana

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Child marriage in Ghana


Child marriage is undoubtedly a global menace that affects millions of women every year and, unfortunately, Ghana falls within the category of the nations with the highest prevalence rates, with around one in four girls marrying prior to her 18th birthday

 The 2010 population and census report made a startled revelation on the status of adolescents and children in our society. But just like all matters related to the health of the adolescent girl, that revelation has not received any attention from policy makers and social justice advocates. In the census report published in 2012, table 11 contained data on the population 12-17 years by sex, marital status and region.

The data indicated that out of a total of 3,254,007 children within 12-17 years old, 176,103 representing 5.4% were married. Yes, married as children! The situation is more disturbing when one takes a careful look at the data at the regional level. For instance, in the three regions of Northern, Upper East and Upper west alone, out of a total of 567,554 children between the ages of 12 to 17 years, 43,311 of them were married. Among these married children of the three regions of the north, 23,050 were girls. Indeed, based on these statistics, it has been estimated by the UNFPA that if present trends in child marriage continue unchanged, by the year 2030 more than 407,000 of girls born between 2005 and 2010 will be married before the age of 18.

It is impossible for any nation to address poverty, gender equality, maternal and child mortality with this kind of statistics. Early marriage as it were contravenes the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It  threatens  the  achievement  of  the  main  goals of  eradicating  extreme  poverty  and  hunger,  achieving  universal  primarily education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, and reducing child mortality. A later marriage is a precondition for the attainment of girls personal goals of completing school, acquiring key skills and understanding roles in family and in society, which are closely linked to the MDGs.

When a young girl becomes a bride, the consequences are lifelong for the girl, for her family and for the nation. The common thread in child marriage is that the girl herself has no say. She is robbed of her rights and her childhood. Child marriage undermines efforts to reduce abject poverty and to build a society that is more equal.

Child marriage is a grave breach of a child's human rights and contrary to international and Ghanaian national laws.  It is a violation of human rights, contravening both the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Ending child marriage will accelerate efforts to achieve a safe, healthy and more prosperous future for girls in Ghana.

Recognising the special needs of women and children, the Constitution, the Childrens Act (560) and the Criminal Code reflect the belief that children and adolescents under the age of 18 do not possess the maturity and the mental capacity necessary to make real and informed decisions about entering into legally binding relationships such as marriage.   

Child marriage is practised in all areas of Ghana and there exists certain causative factors that increase the likelihood of it occurring. Girls access to education, for example, is a major determining factor. According to the 2011 Multiple Indicator Survey, girls who complete secondary or higher education are far less likely to fall victim to child marriage than those who have no education.  

Poverty is another correlative factor in child marriage. The 2008 GDHS indicated that women in poor households were more likely to enter into early marriages than those from richer households. Where poverty is present, marrying off a daughter enables households to reduce family expenses by ensuring they have one less person to feed, clothe and educate. In certain communities in Ghana, marriage is also accompanied with the payment of a bride price, which can serve as a source of income for a family. The presentation of gifts to families acts as an incentive to convince them to give their daughters for marriage.

The lack of an adequate legislative framework that can be enforced to address cases of child marriage. Even though Ghana has legislation for a minimum legal age for sex and for marriage, this is often not effectively enforced.

The lack of harmonisation with customary laws that may condone the practice of child marriage. Globally, child marriage is generally more prevalent in jurisdictions that offer fewer protections for women and girls. The high prevalence of child marriage in Ghana is an indication of the societal attitude towards women and girls.

Strict adherence to traditional and religious doctrines also plays a major role in Ghanas high rates of child marriage. Most Ghanaian communities are governed by a strong code of traditional and religious beliefs which may tend to encourage practices and mindsets used to justify child marriage.  For instance, the Ghanaian traditional setting and religious society both share the opinion that pregnancy before marriage is a disgrace to the family.  

This belief leads to the conclusion that child marriage is a preventive safety measure to protect the girl child against immoral behaviour. But for most of the perpetrators, child marriage is just a traditional practice that is repeated simply because it has happened for generations and straying from tradition could mean exclusion from the community. 

Gender inequality is another major contributory factor. With regard to child marriage this gender inequity is clearly apparent in the fact that the number of female victims far outnumbers the males. Failure to properly implement laws designed to protect children from being forced into marriage undermines Ghanas legal system, providing little incentive for perpetrators to stop, and leaving victims with little to no protection.

The impact of child marriage on our developmental process as a nation is obvious. Child marriage is linked to poverty and impacts national productivity. Child marriage is most common in the poorest regions and is often concentrated among the poorest households. It is closely linked with low levels of economic development.

There is evidence indicating that girls from poor families are nearly twice as likely to marry before 18 as girls from wealthier families, as marriage is often seen as a way to provide for a daughters future. However, the truth is that girls who marry young are more likely to be poor and remain poor.

Girls who marry young do not receive the educational and economic opportunities that help lift them out of poverty and which are necessary to build a sustainable and prosperous future for their communities. Educated and healthy women work more productively, contributing to greater national productivity and higher GDP. They spend more money on food, housing, education and income-generating activities, all of which reduce poverty levels and promote sustainable development.

Child marriage undermines a childs right to education. Child marriage denies children of school age their right to the education they need for their personal development, their preparation for adulthood, and their ability to contribute to their family and community. Married girls who would like to continue schooling may be both practically and customary excluded from doing so. Girls with higher levels of schooling are less likely to marry as children. With more than half of Ghanas population under the age of 25, educating youth is crucial to ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future.

Child marriage entrenches gender inequality. Child brides have little say in whether, when or whom they will marry. In many cases their husbands are much older. Available evidence shows that girls who marry before the age of 18 are more likely to experience violence within marriage than girls who marry later.

Marriage often ends girls opportunities for education, better paid work outside the home, and potential decision making roles in their communities. Eliminating gender inequalities and empowering young women requires the fulfilment of girls basic needs and their rights such as education, health and nutrition, which are undermined by child marriage.

Ending child marriage will help to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. Child brides are under intense social pressure to prove their fertility, which makes them more likely to experience early and frequent pregnancies. Close to 90% of adolescent pregnancies in the country are to girls who are already married.

Early pregnancy endangers child brides health because many become pregnant before their bodies can safely carry or deliver children. It is particularly severe for girls who give birth before the age of 15 as evidence show that they are five times more likely to die in childbirth than girls in their 20s. Perinatal deaths are 50% higher among babies born to mothers under 20 years of age than among those born to mothers aged 2029 years.

According to the International Centre for Research on Women, girls younger than 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s. Further, infants born to young mothers are more likely to be stillborn or die in the first month of life. Child brides also suffer from the burden of early motherhood, early widowhood, and in cases where the marriage breaks down, are subjected to unequal divorce settlements.. 

Adolescent girls and young children by nature do not have a voice. Their lives are determined by a complex set of interactions between a host of social and demographic factors. The magnitude of these interactions is determined by factors both endigenous (e.g., sex, age or ethnic affiliation) and exogenous (e.g., social, political and economic environments or urban versus rural area of residence) to the young people themselves.

What are you doing about it? My last call goes to this grey group call civil society. How civil can a society be if girls are brides? Lets rise up and advocate for a comprehensive national strategy to address child marriage in the country. Together, we can do something to protect the rights and health of the adolescent girl!

No absolute conclusions can be made about the relationships between these factors, the direction of causality or how they impact each young person. Drawing these types of conclusions is not the purpose of this article as more in-depth and complex research would be necessary to begin answering the question.

 IDAY Ghana organized the day for the African Child in Lakpleku a community in the Ningo/Prampram district on the 16th of June to address the issue of child marriage among girl child under the theme Accelerating Our Collective Efforts To End Child Marriage And Promote Girl Child Education.











Tuesday, June 16, 2015

COMMEMORATION INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD 2015

COMMEMORATION INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD
 
IDAY Ghana as part of activities to commemorate international day of the African child organized a one day durbar in Dangbe West District in the Greater Accra. The programme was held on 16th June under the theme: “Accelerating Our Collective Effort to End Marriage and Promote Girl Child Education in Ghana.
 
In an opening remarks, the country coordinator of IDAY Ghana, Mr. Kenneth Nana Amoateng emphasize the importance of education and encourage parents to send their children to schools and ensure they provide equal opportunity for boys and girls. He noted that IDAY Ghana is seeking to end child marriage and help parents with sustainable livelihood projects to enable them support their children to go to school.
 
According to district education officer, education is key and empathize its importance to parents and urge them to encourage their children to take their studies seriously since education is the only means that they can better lives and that of their community.
 
She encourage parents to take interest in the academic performance of their children by monitoring their school attendance and take note of concerns that teachers may have or express about their children so that they can take measure to address it.
 
In a statement read by JOAN of IDAY Ghana ambassador, education is very important for every child whether boy or girl and commended successive governments in Ghana for their efforts towards ensuring girl-child education in Ghana.
 
She noted that early or force marriage are harmful to girls because they are still children and do not understand what marriage is and its responsibilities because girls marry and become mothers as young as twelve years and many of them die in maternity during child birth.
 
According to Miss. Joan, if a girl is educated, she is less likely to be victim of domestic and sexual violence. If they go to school, the probability that their husbands will abuse or molest them is very low. In the unlikely event that their husband beat them, as an educated women they will know what to do. That is why Victor Hugo says ‘He who opens a school door, closes a prison door’.
 
She encourage girls to seek knowledge because is power and urge them not to kowtow to lies that a women is meant for the kitchen and baby nursing alone.
 
A speech delivered by Mr. Selorm Atsu-Amedoadzi Yaw indicated that According to Millennium Development Goal 2, every child must be in school by the end of 2015 but it seems Ghana is losing in this because one in three girls in low and middle-income countries like Ghana are married by age 18 and children of African women with less than 5 years of school have a higher mortality rate.
 
He pointed out that the causes of early child marriage is because parents see girls as burden on the family so they give them out for marriage to relieve them of this burden. He said, poverty is a major reason why parents give their daughter in marriage in order to reduce family expenses by ensuring they have one less person to feed,clothe and educate. On the part of the man, the dowry is also less because the bride is young and uneducated.
 
He enumerated several effects of early child marriage which include:
·        The problem of poverty worsens because the young girl becomes a burden on the man who would have to work alone to feed both his wife and children.
·        They would end up giving birth to many children whom they cannot take care off because they married early.
·        Domestic violence: more men are more likely to beat their wives because they see them to be young and uneducated and for that matter don’t know anything about the law
 
 Mr. Selorm noted that when girls avoid early marriage and stay in school, they would make a greater contribution to their families and communities in a long term. This would make them more responsible.
Giving meaning to the theme for discussion young women present at the open forum called upon Governments to give better opportunities girls especially those in the rural areas by investing adequately in Education, Health and Economic activities in their community.
The girls also noted that, rural girls need equal opportunities in education so that they can contribute their quota in their communities for national development.
The forum attracted 250 school children, parents, teachers and opinion leaders in the Lep community. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Official launch of The IDAY Ghana Kindergarten clay thatch school building in Lakpleku


Lakpleku is a village in the Dangme West District of Ghana. The community is completely rural with a population of about 400. Poverty is widespread. Most of the population are subsistence farmers using non-mechanized rain fed agricultural practice.

Because of the level of poverty in the community a fair number of them migrates to the city to look for non-existent jobs and ending up in the pool of the urban poor. Most of the children are not in school subsequently forced into hard Labour along the Volta lake for dangerous fishing expeditions.

Consequently some of them have lost their lives and childhood. Economic deprivation necessitates the migration of families to the Volta river for fishing explorations. Hence abandoning the education of the child.

By the age of 6 most children especially the girl child is sold into child labor along the Volta River for economic gains for the family. Child marriage is predominant in Lakpleku.

There are no kindergartens and nursery facilities in the community, children who are supposed to be in school are found loitering about in the village whiles their parents are busily involved in their farms.

This has also contributed to the children's disinterest in education by the time they are due for class one. Hence the need to start a nursery and kindergarten in the community to help these children identify objects, alphabets and numbers.

They started in an abandoned pig pen and then moved under a tree. During rainy seasons and bad weather it becomes impossible to have lessons

Upon routine visit of IDAY Ghana to one of our number organization (Joy project NGO) in the community, we found the woeful situation and decided to intervene. We have been able to construct a clay thatch school building for the people of Lakpleku community. With the help of IDAY Ghana and members contribute they now meet under a shelter

There will be official launch of The IDAY Kindergarten School building in Lakpleku community on the June 16 and open forum.


However, IDAY Ghana members are always willing to contribute for the success of the program  

   

Kenneth Nana Amoateng
IDAY-Ghana Coordinator

Saturday, February 14, 2015

International Mining for Development Centre Alumini -Abibimman Foundation


REPORT FOR AN IM4DC CONFERENCE

The conference was attended by a number of experts from the mining industry. The conference was organised to educate the various actors that attended the conference on a number of issues. The conference started with key note speeches from the organisers, the chairman, the speakers and the Honourable Minister for lands and Natural resources.

We later at the end of the workshop took a group photo.
We were educated on the African Mining Vision and the Country Mining Vision. The African Mining Vision is to create a transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of minieral resources to underpin broad based sustainable growth and socio-economic development. The AMV is knowledge driving and conceived as a key component of a diversified industrialising Africa. And capitalize on the mutually beneficial partnership between government and Civil Society organisations.

The African Mining Development Commission’s (AMDC) mission is working with member states and their national and regional organisations to enable the mineral resources play a greater transformative role in development of the continent through increased economic, social linkages and improved governance.  AMDC is demand driven; they ensure the tracking, coordinating and implementation of the AMV, identify gaps and areas of need in the mining sector, advocacy role, serving as a policy think tank etc.

AMDC has various thematic working areas, among which are; policy and licencing, governance and participation etc. AMDC is currently working in Mozambique doing a mineral policy. AMDC in support of the Mozambique government is designing an implementation plan. AMDC also worked in Lesotho in reviewing the 1962 mining and mineral policy with the support of the government. AMDC is also in Tanzania in partnership with the government to formulate a country mining vision. It developed a business plan integrating mining into national development plans etc.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES
IM4DC Ghana Chapter created
Abibiman Foundation offered to join others  to work on a proposal
Having a platform for knowledge building and sharing
Connect with other people who matter to you.

International Mining for Development Centre
Alumini Day at the Best Western Premier Hotel on the 3rd of February, 2015 at 9am

Mr. Kenneth Amoateng,
CEO of Abibiman  Foundation 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ACTION/2015 Ghana launched provided participants opportunity gave their testimonies


ACTION/2015 Ghana launched provided participants opportunity gave their testimonies
 
The campaign launched provided participants/citizens the opportunity to come together under the umbrella of action/2015 Ghana to demand accountability from their leaders and call for inclusiveness in all discussion leading up to the Post MDGs and COP21 forum. As a result of the sensitization during the launched of the campaign, several   citizens both young and old understood the concept of action/2015 and MDGs and hence gave their testimonies on issues that affect them and their community.

My name is Alima and a mother of three,” i am personal victim to the water stress where I have to live my house early in the morning to the river side to fetch water before I bath my children to go to school. As a result they go to school late almost every day and sometimes got punished for it”. This event has helped me to know that my voice can make a difference and bring to the attention about my community problems to the government.

According to Alex, a class 5 pupil of Ashaiman zion primary schools,” my parents often complain that the rate of poverty and inequality is very high in their generation as if they are cursed. The rain pattern has change and has affected their livelihoods and as a result the food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe and the kind of strange diseases in the system are all evidence of change of weather pattern. “In the past my parents were using organic manure and they had quality farm yields but today they are using chemicals or fertilizers, yet the quality of harvest is not gurrantte and the cost of chemicals is high.” I understand through this event that it is not a cursed but it is caused by climate change.

My name is Kofi and i am 15 years of age from Ada, ”I come from a community that they pollute the environment With impunity through bush fires, cutting down trees and pollution of the water bodies, what else do we expect? Our Elders warn us never to invade the forest and reserved lands, but we don’t only violate their rule, but also degrade the land through sand winning and minerals exploitation.

My name is Adiza and a student of Abokobi JHS, i come from a community where we do not have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities. All children in my community walk from miles in search of water every morning to bath and cook and sometimes service our parent’s farms and animals before attending school. We have to struggle to pass the same exams we sit with our colleagues who have better condition of living and learning. This is unfair and unjust” said a Adiza. I am joining this event because i have learnt that i can hold government accountable to provide my community with infrastructure.

 Ghanas Most Beautiful (1st Runner Up 2009)- Miss Samira Awuni
She spoke on individuals collaborating to attain the millennium development goals. To her, all the goals are of the same importance hence the achievement of these goals would make the world a better place to leave. She urged everyone especially, the authorities to make these goals possible, most importantly the ones Ghana as a country failed to achieve.

Miss Tourism Ghana 2014- Miss Naa.
She stood for gender inequality as the most degrading experience among all. She emphasized on education among children especially for them to know their rights, making policies and creating opportunities to be enjoyed by both genders.

 A participant and also a pupil of community seven Basic school shared what she chanced upon in the corse of the procession in the streets of Ashaiman. She noticed a man bating the wife because for up- keeping money, what most call Chop Money. Because he had no money and the wife also kept demanding, he got angry and beat up the wife. Poverty is a drastic disease she said, it can take away a person’s sanity. She believed by coming together, we can take away this illness called poverty. She concluded by saying, I stand against poverty. 

My name is Ahmed and a farmer from Tamale, the yields from our farms are now poorer and i  can’t even afford three-square meal a day to feed my family because of irregular rainfall due to the impact of climate change; much more providing my children with school books and materials. This is really affecting the education of my children” said a farmer. I am part of this programme
 
"when the voice of the people become so loud the government has no alternative but to listen" Martin Luther King Jnr.

Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibiman Foundation-
http://www.abibimmanfoundation.org
International Day of African child and Youth(IDAY-GHANA)- http://www.iday.org/
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP-Ghana)-
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African Youth Initiative on Climate Change(AYICC-Ghana)- www.ayicc.net
Food Security Policy Advocacy Network (FoodSPAN)
Centre for Youth Development Advocacy (CYDA)
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ghana launches action2015 Campaign across the country



 

15th January, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

Ghana launches action2015 Campaign across the country

2015 could be a potential turning point during which important decisions will be made by global leaders to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction. Action/2015, a global movement for accelerated progress comprising of representative organizations, partnerships, and coalitions from every continent and region of the world has been launched in

Ghana.The objective is to build a new social contract that reflects a message of hope and strong and radical changes. The year 2015 marks the end of set targets of the MDGs where our   leaders promised to end poverty. The year therefore offers an opportunity for us to come together as a country to demand all forms of equality from our government and ensure that every citizens now and future generations are able to lead good and dignified lives enriched with opportunity.

Speaking to the press after the launch in Accra today, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, mrs. Dela Sowah who also doubles as member of parliament noted that 2015 is a critically important year as processes that will potentially shape development frameworks across the globe will be concluded and assured the delegation that Government is committed to tackle poverty, gender inequality and environmental crisis.

Action/2015 Ghana is calling on the public to join us in their calls to ensure world leaders commit to a better world.  Throughout 2015, the campaign is providing us the opportunity to get involved in influencing the outcomes of these global debates that could achieve:

1.        An end to poverty in all its forms;

2.        The meeting of fundamental rights, tackling inequality and discrimination;

3.        An accelerated transition to 100% renewable energy;

4.        A world where everyone can participate and hold their leaders accountable.

Speaking for action/2015, Amitabh Behar, Indian anti-poverty activist said:

 “If we get this wrong, we could see the number of people living in poverty increase for the first time in our generation. But if we get it right – tackle poverty, inequality and climate change - we could eradicate extreme poverty within a generation. With two summits of this importance within just months of each other, 2015 could be one of the most important years for our planet since the end of the Second World War, but only if we rise to the occasion.”

 Many of these will be spearheaded by 15 year olds – a constituency who will be among the most affected by that agreement:

Action/2015Ghana and it partners have decided to unite in this historic year for   transformational change by mobilizing These young people and all  citizens to join the movement "Action / 2015" for more political will to get real ambitious agreements in international negotiations scheduled in the calendar year 2015. The national launch of action2015Ghana will include  advocacy visits to ,Ministries, Assemblies, media houses, parliament, traditional chiefs, and opinion leaders which will take place simultaneously  across the national capital 15th of January 2015.

 

We stand at the turning point for the future of people and the planet. We must accelerate action and leave no citizens behind.

We will raise our voice today for the generations of tomorrow and demand"Action

 

 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Our parents often complain that our generation is cursed because of Climate Change


Some of the students said their parents often complain that their generation is cursed because everything has changed. The food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe and the kind of strange diseases in the system are all evidence of a cursed climate. “Our parents were not using chemicals or fertilizers, yet they had gigantic and quality farm yields, but it is very different today.”

We students/ children are to blame ourselves for this problem. With impunity we pollute the environment with bush fires, cut trees and pollute the water bodies, what else do we expect? Our Elders warn us never to invade the forest and reserved lands, but we don’t only violate their rule, but also degrade the land through sand winning and minerals exploitation

Climate Change Our local coping strategies


The earth as an interconnected system is affected by human activities and natural occurrence. Man depends on the environment in all his diverse efforts to develop and meet his basic necessities of life. Decades of man’s industrial, agricultural, commercial and manufacturing activities through various levels of technological development have impacted on the environment at different places and time. However, regardless of the specific location that these activities have taken place, there is a common and significant effect on the atmosphere and climate of the earth. The resultant of these human activities is change in global climate with rapid increase in global temperature and erratic weather patterns in other words known as climate change.
 
Climate change has global impact which manifests itself in our local communities. Some manifestations of climate change in the north of Ghana are erratic rainfall, drought, heat stress, water stress and floods.
 
The changes in the weather pattern have resulted in the erratic rainfall causing uneven and unpredictable average distribution of the rain in the northern part of country Ghana. The rain sets in late and stops early, sometimes it rains at some communities and leaving out others. This uneven rainfall coupled with the spill of the bugri dam from our neighbouring Burkina Faso results in annual floods which resulted in devastating effects resulting in people loosing their homes and farmlands.
 
Northern Ghana before the last two decades usually experienced rainfall season from April to October but currently rainfall season even if could be predicted at all is between June to mid September. The erratic and uneven distribution of rains adversely affects farming activities that are heavily rain fed in Tamale. This results in low yield which may in turn affect income levels and food security. “The question I ask is who are most affected by low income levels and food security” obviously women and children suffer most. Again the most affected by floods are women and children who cannot swim to live.
 
Drought is another manifestation of climate change in Tamale. Drought condition occurs when there is unusual scarcity of rain resulting in an abnormally dry weather condition. The impact of drought is drying up of water bodies’ especially surface water and reduction of water for farming. This results in reduced water availability for domestic and industrial uses. It also results in reduced water for livestock
 
We can reduce the impact of women famers by educating to adopt planting of drought resistant crops, mostly deep rooted crops. Others have resorted to using hand dug wells to irrigate their crops and also to feed their livestock. Women and children now have to walk long distances to get water for domestic others resort to rain water harvesting and storing it in a reservoir.
 
It is clear that prolong drought and erratic rainfall can lead to very serious water stress. Water stress is very pronounced in Tamale.  I am personal victim to the water stress when I had to live my house early in the morning to the river side to fetch water before going to school. As a result I got to school late almost every day and sometimes got punished for it.
 
Another manifestation of climate change is heat stress, there is evidence that average temperature of Ghana has increased by one degree Celsius. This story is no different in Tamale especially during the dry season where the community experiences extreme heat. Again before the last two decades, Tamale used to experience extreme heat season from March to June but currently experiences heat from late January to early June before the onset of rains. The recent outbreak in Cerberus Spinal Meningitis (CSM) and some other skin rushes can be traced to the rise in prolonged temperature.
Our local coping strategies are roofing of houses with thatch which keeps their rooms cool. However this also comes with a price as these thatches are prone to fire outbreak during the dry season. Also people who cannot cope with the heat in their rooms sleep outside or in their compounds.  This again poses danger to the women as unscrupulous young men in the society take advantage of the unfortunate situation and rape women.
 
Again, most of our forest cover has lost and children and mothers now have to walk long distances for fuel wood. This again poses a lot of threats to the women and children as they exposed to snake bites and unscrupulous people who take advantage of them.
Although climate change cannot be seen, it can be felt because the variability of the average whether is a glaring evidence of climate change. We are therefore making a clarion to the various stakeholders to act in order to reduce its impacts
 


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"when the voice of the people become so loud the government has no alternative but to listen" Martin Luther King Jnr.

Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibiman Foundation-
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International Day of African child and Youth(IDAY-GHANA)- http://www.iday.org/
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP-Ghana)-
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African Youth Initiative on Climate Change(AYICC-Ghana)- www.ayicc.netFood Security Policy Advocacy Network (FoodSPAN)
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