The Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND)-GHANA has marked fourteen years of empowering individuals with skills to hold public office holders accountable as well as projecting the rights of the disabled, women and ordinary citizens.
Established on August 8 1998, SEND-GHANA revolutionalised pro-poor policy advocacy thereby contributing to creating the enabling environment for citizens-government engagement and building capacity of different categories of poor people to claim their development rights.
The Social Enterprise Development Foundation (SEND) has three branches across West Africa; SEND-GHANA, SEND-LIBERIA and SEND-SIERRA LEONE.
Some of the overriding successes of SEND-GHANA are the projection and recognition of Persons With Disability (PWD’s) in policy document and programme implementation, the increased participation of small scale food crop farmers in policy making and the identification and recognition of gender equity as a development challenge in Ghana, the confidence of rural women, and other marginalized groups to participate in policy discussion and demand transparency, equity and accountability in the use of public financial resources .
Being the oldest of such organizations in the sub-region (SEND-WEST AFRICA), SEND-GHANA is credited with the introduction of innovative Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) framework which has been successful in promoting citizen’s participation in governance at local, District, Regional and National levels.
The NGO’s Livelihood promotion programme empowers the poor to attain sustainable livelihood security through farmer co-operatives, credit unions and market access, whiles Financial NGO delivers micro-finance schemes in the northern region.
The Eastern Corridor programme, promotes livelihood security for the poor and marginalized in conflict ridden Districts in the Northern region and some parts of Volta Region. The programme creates independent, community-based farmer co-operatives capable of advocating and addressing the livelihood needs of their families.
Another successful innovation by SEND-GHANA in the NGO sector is the establishment of the SEND Financial NGO (SENDfiNG0) which provides micro-credit to resource poor men and women, small holder farmers and other marginalized groups in the Eastern corridor of Ghana.
The module has been able to establish 11 community credit unions that is providing credit facilities to over 21, 000 people with 13,288 being women.
SEND-GHANA mainstreams gender in all its programmes and is currently the only NGO in Ghana with gender policy not just for beneficiaries, but for management practices of the organization since 2006.
SEND-GHANA expressed acknowledgments to its external partners Christian Aid UK, CORDAID, Oxfam, Canadian Cooperative Association, IICD, Ibis West Africa, CAFOD UK, ICCO, Southern Africa Trust, Trust Africa, European Union, Diakonia, IFDC, SIGN-Netherlands, SNV, STAR Ghana/G-RAP, UNDP, CIDA, and Reality of Aid.