In recent years, natural resources have been used to create economic growth in Ghana, especially the forestry, mining, oil- and gas sectors have contributed to high rates of economic growth. At the same time, local communities’ rights are being violated and their lives are being adversely affected as a result of extraction and overexploitation of natural resources. In Ghana, there are laws and policies to protect the rights of communities and people, but there are challenges in terms of implementation and enforcement of laws within the forest and extractive sectors. This is partly because the civil society, both nationally and locally, has limited capacity and resources to hold the responsible institutions and organizations accountable for implementation of the existing laws, as well as to mobilize and involve local people in implementation processes.
The Yen Sore programme therefore aims to strengthen local organizations’ and civil society actors’ capacity, knowledge and skills to engage effectively and in a meaningful way in political and governance processes. This includes, among other things, support to civil society organizations and networks that work with environmental issues within the forestry sector and extractive industry, to defend and promote the rights of local communities. Yen Sore will thus focus on implementation of legislation and policies within the forest sector and extractive industry, including place emphasis on the institutions and organizations accountable for implementation of the existing laws.
The Yen Sore programme works with local strategic partners in the civil society, who are engaged with the forestry sector and extractive industry (mining, oil and gas), as well as the civil society platform, Kasa. The programme strengthens and supports independent local civil society organizations and networks, which represent affected communities’ interests and rights, why Yen Sore aims to improve the local people’s livelihoods.
Build the capacity, knowledge and skills of strategic partners and networks to interact with affected communities to defend and promote their social, economic and environmental rights.
Support the strategic partners in development of organizational and institutional processes of change, resulting in more effective attention with regard to compliance and implementation of existing laws and policies that can help to ensure the rights of local communities.
Build the capacity of civil society organizations to engage in advocacy in local and national implementation processes, including realizations of legislations and policies.
Support the collaboration between civil society organizations and networks across the forest sector and extractive industry, as well as other environmental organizations to utilize untapped potential, common interests and to unite in the struggle to achieve environmental justice.
Yen Sore is implemented as a national project with focus on national and local governance and management of environment and natural resources throughout Ghana.
Duration and budget
The Yen Sore programme began in June 2013 with an initial phase, which was completed in December 2013. The programme is implemented from January 2014 and ends in December 2017. The budget of Yen Sore is DDK 13.200.000.
CARE implements Yen Sore in cooperation with civil society actors and networks that are engaged in the forestry sector and extractive industry at national, regional and local level in Ghana, including Wassa association of communities affected by mining (Wacam), United Civil Society Organisations of Nzema East District (UCSOND) Civic Response, and Kasa.
Programme Coordinator, Ghana
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