Plan International, an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation which was founded with the mission of protecting and promoting the rights of children has announced readiness to engage and partner more local corporates for extensive developmental impact across the country. Plan International is currently active in over 70 countries across the globe to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. In 2017, Plan International reached 17.1 million girls and 15.5 million boys through its programming. Over the next 5 years, Plan’s ambition is to transform the lives of 100 million girls.
2000+ communities reached in Ghana
In Ghana, Plan International has been operating since 1992 reaching over 2000 communities (mostly deprived rural areas) in 52 districts across 8 regions. Plan International Ghana directly sponsors close to 30,000 children and indirectly reaching 2 million children through its child-centered and community-oriented development interventions.
Plan International Ghana’s programmes are guided by a 5-year strategic plan with focus on promoting the rights of children, young people, parents and communities to health, education, protection and economic security. Plan International Ghana employs rights-based programming at local and national levels; building partnerships and networks among civil society actors and corporates; promoting gender equality and scaling up promising practices and approaches.
Plan International Ghana seeks to contribute to effective national and community level child protection systems by supporting initiatives that address weak institutional capacity to enforce the laws, and to implement programs reaching out to victimized children of all forms of abuses. In this regard, Plan International Ghana’s interventions have resulted in community ownership and acceptance of the role of Community-Based child protection committees by traditional and religious leaders. With the support of the Ghana Police Service, we supported and strengthened 5 DOVVSU District offices. This was achieved in partnership with the Ghana Police Service. Plan International Ghana succeeded in delivering 51,326 birth certificates in Central, Eastern, Upper West and Volta Regions. This was done in partnership with the Department of Birth and Death which contributed to increasing Ghana’s registration coverage to 66%. The organisation has trained 298 Community-based Child Protection Teams (CBCPTs), 128 Right of Children’s Clubs and 80 Girls Football Clubs in Ghana. Plan is a key partner in most Child Protection platforms at the national level.
The focus of our educational programme/projects is to ensure quality basic education with emphasis on improving retention, completion, and performance. Accordingly, Plan International Ghana supports initiatives to improve transition into secondary school (especially of girls). Initiatives such as Transition and Persistence (TAP) Project improved the overall learning environment in 156 community Schools in 13 districts for 18,720 pupils to transit from Primary school to Junior High School. Plan’s education programme also emphasise inclusive education by targeting the marginalised/excluded children. Plan Ghana’s Reaching and Teaching Out of School Children (REACH) and other complementary basic education projects in Ghana is ensuring that more than 120,000 out of school children are enrolled into formal primary school with 70% of them being girls by June 2020.
In Health, Plan International Ghana primarily seeks to improve maternal and child health (MNCH). We also implement Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) to address the main causes of child mortality in Ghana (malaria, malnutrition, acute respiratory infections, and diarrhoea) using known approaches. At the community level, Plan International Ghana works with LNGO/CBOs/GHS to reinforce community capacities to participate in improved family and community health practices. At the health facilities, the organization supports the improvement of health protocols and case management skills of health professionals. Under the Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) Project, Plan is supporting 1,613 communities in 8 Districts to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality through enhancing the capabilities of supply side providers in order to streamline safe service and referral provision and to improve the health provision management system with better accountability.
Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Plan International Ghana’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programming is based on the principle that all girls, boys, women, and men should have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities all year round. To this end, we use approaches such as Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Sanitation Marketing, where we work to create demand for sanitation to strengthen the supply chain to ensure that more than 60,000 households can access improved sanitation. We work with communities to implement the use of low-cost technologies for point-of-use water treatment of water. We strive to ensure that programs are evidence-based and incorporate relevant and appropriate technology. Plan International Ghana also actively promote the proper use and handling of water and good hygiene practices using behaviour change approaches, educational campaigns, and advocacy initiatives to equip local populations with the knowledge and skills necessary to live healthy lives.
Household Economic Security and Poverty Alleviation
Plan works with households, especially women groups within the communities to increase their capacity to generate income and improve food and nutrition security as well as household resilience. We also scale up life skills and entrepreneurial development for the youth and women through the Promoting African Grassroots Economic Security (PAGES), Banking on Change (BOC), Youth Empowerment through Auto Mechanics Skills Training, Green Skills, and Women’s Innovation for Sustainable Enterprises projects.
Plan International Ghana’s robust Household Economic Security programme through Village Savings and Loans Associations Project (VSLAs), has become one of the most successful self-generating interventions and is being implemented in partnership with local NGOs in rural communities. The organisation has formed over 10,600 groups with a total membership of 264, 889 across 261 communities. Nearly 1000 of these VSLAs are linked to Financial Institutions for access to financial services. Plan International’s Enterprise Your Life (EYL) training also provides specialized technical services to equip the youth with enterprise development skills with over 80,000 youth (girls/Boys) supported with technical skills to set up own jobs.
Partnership opportunities for Corporate Ghana and others
We seek to utilise the power of partnerships, especially with the private sector to confront challenges posed by poverty, exclusion and discrimination that affect human development and the future. With over 27 years of impactful operations and engagements in Ghana, Plan International Ghana, has unique expertise in partnering others to design, implement and evaluate interventions in Child Protection, Health, Quality Education, Household Economic Security and WASH.