The volunteers in a group photograph with Joanna Adamson
As part of actions to strengthen Australia?s partnership with Ghana and help build the country?s local capacity, the Australian government has sent 11 volunteers from Australia to share their technical expertise and contribute to Ghana?s development.
The volunteers, under the Australian Volunteers for International Development Programme, would work to improve and enhance the aptitude of organisations in mining governance, agriculture productivity, entrepreneurship, social protection and youth development.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Association of Church-Based Development NGOs in Northern Ghana, Ghana Integrity Initiative and Alliance for Green Revolution, were among the 11 host organisations to benefit from the volunteers expertise.
The other organisations were Care International, Africa Centre for Energy Policy, Water and Environmental Management Network, Net Organisation for Youth Empowerment and Development, A-Rocha Ghana and Youth Development Research and Innovation Centre.
The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Joanna Adamson, holding a short meeting with the volunteers at her residence said investment in volunteers had been part of Australian?s larger strategy to support agricultural productivity, effective governance of mineral resources and to promote shared long-term prosperity.
She said the programme was initiated to provide a responsive and a flexible way for the Australian government to respond to development needs in selected developing countries.
Volunteers were recruited and assigned to government, civil society and multilateral organisations working in the sphere of mineral resource governance, agriculture and food security.
The Australian government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade had funded over 60 professional volunteers since May 2010 with 26 Australian volunteers currently working across the six regions in Ghana.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri