Susu collection, practiced for more three centuries in Africa, is an informal arrangement for mobilizing savings deposits from clients. Operators collect a predetermined installment of money from their client, daily or weekly. With about 4,000 active Susu collectors in Ghana and each serving 200–850 clients a day, Susu collection has become an established system (albeit informal) that meets an important need.
- 01 September 2007
- 01 September 2007
The Integrated Tamale Fruit Company—operating in the Savelugu-Nanton District in Ghana's Northern Region, an area of widespread poverty—cultivates certified organic mangos for local and export markets. To boost its power in the export market with higher production volumes, the company established a scalable business model that includes local farmers. Instead of acquiring a very large piece of land - physically and financially impractical - the company produces high volumes through an outgrower scheme, which started in 2001 and today includes 1,300 outgrower farmers.
- 01 December 2010
Ghana has since the Accra High Level Forum been identified as one of the Anglophone countries to participate in the Phase II of the Global Evaluation of the Paris Declaration (PD). This phase of the evaluation which started in early 2010 is expected to feed into the 4th High Level Forum scheduled for 2011. As set out in the ToR, the overall purpose of this evaluation is to provide information about the development results achieved thus far as a result of increased aid effectiveness practices.
- 01 January 2010
Toyola Energy Limited is a limited liability company that operates in Ghana. The company produces and distributes energy efficient charcoal stoves and solar lanterns for domestic users in the urban and rural parts of Ghana. Toyola entrepreneurs Suraj Wahab and Ernest Kyei - two artisans ‐ have implemented an innovative business model that includes the poor along the whole value chain as suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and customers and accounts for positive economic, social and environmental effects.
- 01 January 2007
The Agricultural Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) systems’ analysis framework was developed in 2004 to assess the policy environment and how it enhances key actors' competencies and performance in relation to innovativeness as well as the effectiveness of linkages among actors of any subsector in an economy. Recent studies have shown that promotion of agrochemical use for pest control and soil fertility improvement in the plantain subsector in Ghana is yielding positive results.
- 21 June 2008
Private sector development is said to be critical for employment creation, growth and development of Africa (Kurokawa et al 2008). The development of small and medium enterprises (SME’s) is acknowledged as a key condition in promoting equitable and sustainable economic development in Africa. This sector, in terms of economic development has the potential to provide for growth in employment and contribute towards reducing poverty among urban cities in most developing countries.
- 01 January 2010
Esoko Networks owns and operates Esoko, a technology-based market information system (MIS) classified as agricultural informatics or e-agriculture. Esoko provides agricultural stakeholders like farmers and traders with market information such as prices, and a platform for advertising and negotiating buy/sell offers. For agricultural institutions like farmer associations, Esoko facilitates direct marketing campaigns using short messaging service (SMS).
- 01 June 2005
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), widely heralded as the crown jewel of the New Partnership of African Development (NEPAD), is a mutually agreed instrument which members of the African Union (AU) have voluntary acceded to as part of an African self-monitoring mechanism. The primary purpose of the APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that will lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.