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Oxfam invests GH¢ 14.5 million in projects

Accra, July 24, GNA – Oxfam in Ghana, has
invested GH¢ 14.5 million, in its work for the financial year ending April,
2017 to March, 2018.

The investments are spread in three key areas:
Extractive Industry Governance; Economic Justice and Food Security; and
Addressing Inequality in Education and Health.

This was made known by Oxfam in Ghana in a
statement issued at the end of a day’s engagement with its partners and the
media.

Mr Tijani Hamza, the Country Manager of Oxfam
in Ghana, said in 2015 Oxfam designed a new country strategy, which was
expected to run from 2015 to 2020, dubbed: “A Ghana with an improve
quality of life, characterised by active citizenship, shared, pro poor and
sustainable growth in a just and democratic environment.”

He said Oxfam in Ghana’s activities cover
Promoting Economic Justice, Food Security and Agriculture; supporting the
Extractive Industry Governance through civil society organisations (CSOs)
strengthening engagement.

Others are addressing Inequalities in Ghana
through enhancing access to quality services in education and health for the
poor.

He cited Governance and Active Citizenship,
Gender and Humanitarian Emergencies across cutting.

He explained that the meeting aimed at
enhancing transparency around the organisation’s relationship with its partners
especially CSOs.

He said it would afford Oxfam in Ghana the
opportunity to learn from the CSOs about their experiences in partnerships with
like-minded organisations.

Around the globe, Oxfam works to find
practical and innovative ways for people to lift themselves of poverty and
thrive.

“We save lives and help rebuild
livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor
influence the local and global decisions that affect them,” the statement
said.

It noted that Oxfam’s Extractive Industry work
would invest a little over GH¢ 200 this financial year.

It said investments in this pillar would focus
on improving accountability and transparency of oil and mining revenues and its
implications for national development, community rights and environmental
protection.

It observed that Oxfam was developing policies
and strategies for improving gender issues in the extractive sector and promoting
public financial management and social accountability in line with regional and
national initiatives such as the African Mining Vision.

It pointed out that addressing Inequality in
Health and Education sectors was one key pillar of its country programme as
part of its firm belief in a world free of poverty and injustice.

The statement said this year, more than GH¢ 4,
447, 000 would go into these areas.

It explained that this investment would spread
across advocacy for inclusive health department and also policy campaign to
increase financing in health sector to improve effectiveness and efficiency in
the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The statement said another key area was making
maternal health accessible to at least 12 rural communities in the Upper East
Region.

It said the education strand of the Inequality
Pillar on the other hand would generally work on national advocacy for quality
education and support for girls’ education especially in northern Ghana.

It said the Economic Justice and Food Security
pillar of Oxfam’s work would invest a little more than GH¢ 4.2 million this
year.

“This investment will be spread on
agriculture advocacy for investment in small scale farming, governance in the
fisheries industry through a consortium with other partners and system
innovation of women economic empowerment in the cocoa value chain in
Ghana,” it said.

“The other focus area will be our climate
change adaptation project in northern Ghana.

The statement said: “Oxfam believes in
accountable governance and places gender at the heart of all its work.”

“Hence, our gender and governance
programme will invest approximately GH¢ 3.7 million in its work,” it
added.

It said special focus of work would be on
strengthening accountability and gender justice through campaigns on local
government decentralisation, tax advocacy for pro poor programmes, women
empowerment and democracy participation as well as erasing negative
stereotypes.

It observed that, in all these, Oxfam in Ghana
works with CSOs, coalitions and networks from local to national level.

GNA

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