Ghana has made tremendous progress in reducing poverty in recent decades. But its success has been uneven and significant inequalities still exist, especially between the south and the north where majority of the population lives on less than $1 a day. Around 24.2% of the national population live below the poverty line.
Oxfam in Ghana
We aim to reduce poverty and inequality by supporting influencing and advocacy around three interconnected pillars; Agriculture, Essential Services and Extractive Industry Governance.
Agriculture: The agricultural sector employs over 41% of the active population. Through our economic Justice programme, we support farmers’ livelihood by helping them to adapt to climate change, improving their access to equipment and by advocating for targeted investment in the agricultural.
Essential Services: We aim at addressing issues of inequality within the Health and Education Sector. Our campaigns contribute to the development of pro-poor health and education policies with financing mechanisms that support universal access to quality healthcare and basic education in Ghana.
While we believe governments are ultimately responsible for providing essential services, Oxfam is also contributing to reducing maternal mortality in rural communities as well as supporting children, particularly girls, from deprived communities acquire literacy, numeracy and life skills.
Extractive Industry Governance: We are working with other Civil Society Organizations to promote accountability and to demand that the government uses Ghana’s significant mineral wealth to support development in poor and vulnerable communities.