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PROFILE OF PARTNERS IN PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT (PAPADEV)

Brief Background:

Partners in Participatory Development (PAPADEV) is an indigenous NGO, legally registered and recognised under the company’s code of 1963, Act 179, Registration number G-44 of May 1995 now number CG004420124/ TIN COO63686899 and NGO Lincence number DSW5154.

The overall goal of PAPADEV is to uplift the standard of living of the people by promoting development in deprived communities in some districts in the western corridor of the Savannah Region, promoting good health, access to education, reducing poverty through improved skills development for socio-economic activities and environmental management/protection. It also aims at assisting in the provision of infrastructure facilities to ensure the attainment of the above aims through a participatory approach to development.

PAPADEV believes that an effective participatory approach which seeks to enhance community involvement and active participation in all aspects of project planning and implementation evokes a spirit of community ownership and sustainability of any development initiative.

PAPADEV is based in the Savannah Region with its head office now moved to Bole and operating mainly in Bole and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Districts. 

History and direction:

Partners in Participatory Development was therefore founded in 1993 out of concern by a group of young community workers and professionals from West Gonja, Bole and Sawla Tuna-Kalba Districts of the Northern now Savannah Region of Ghana, who observed with concern the general lack of development projects and the low-level of self-help spirit among the people in the two districts of the region, hence the need to infuse the ideals of participatory approach to development among the people. There was equally the growing need to direct some development programmes and projects to the three districts in particular for the benefit of the people.

PAPADEV began operation mainly as an advocacy NGO.  The year 1993 and the years which had preceded it was a period during which Bole District (then made up of the new Bole District and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District) and much of the Northern Region of Ghana were suffering the devastating outbreak and spread of guinea worm infection.  The period was also one during which the HIV/AIDs pandemic had begun to assume rather alarming proportions, with low access to health , school attendance low especially for the girl-child and in rural communities in the Bole and Sawla-Tuna Kalba Districts.  Consequently, PAPADEV found it contextually relevant to do advocacy and sensitisation for the guinea worm eradication, HIV/AIDS and poverty reduction, safe water and sanitation services delivery. PAPADEV also embarked on community sensitisation to increased school attendance especially the girl-child in order to galvanize the much needed support any development initiatives to reduce the challenges which these posed.

PAPADEV Office located in Bole; Adjacent the Bole Post Office, H92 Coffee St. NB-00000-0302, Savannah Region, Ghana.

Major Project Activities implemented in the last few years:

  • Currently, since 2005 up to 2011, PAPADEV has been partnering IBIS West Africa to implement a Complementary Education Programme for 8-14 years old out-of-school children and HIV & AIDS Project initially in the Sawla-Tuna- Kalba District for 13 Vagla and 15 Brifor communities. As well as School governance, girl child education and HIV & AIDS Education programmes in Bole and STKD.
  • In 2012, PAPADEV with funding from STAR-GHANA implemented an Election 2012 project aimed at empowering 30 remote communities particularly persons with disabilities, the aged and other vulnerable groups to come out to vote massively and correctly in peace. ($50,000.00).
  • In 2011/2012, PAPADEV implemented a project on promoting and sustaining efficient fuelwood production and alternative livelihood in Communities in Bole and S-T-K Districts and promotion of fuel efficient Stoves. With funding from EPA/GEMP & CIDA   
  • PAPADEV has also collaborated with Concern Universal and SIMAVI ( a Nerthrlands NGO to implement a Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS Programme in boarder communities in the Bole District since 2008-2010 at (Euro 68,300.00).
  • From 2006-2008 PAPADEV animated over 60 communities and WATSAN committees in the West and Central Gonja Districts on the community ownership and management of water and sanitation facilities provided them. Also trained WATSAN Committees to effectively lead their communities in safe water and sanitation management, through funding by the EU-Rural Water and Sanitation Project.
  • In 2008 PAPADEV provided community education and training in the construction and management of 50 house-hold latrines in the Galzegu community in the Tamale Metro Assembly. This was funded by Rotary Club of Tamale and Rotary International.
  • PAPADEV has also worked with Africa 2000 Network in 2009 on Alternate livelihood or poverty alleviation programmes to animate and provide credit facilities and corn mills to communities.
  • From January 2000 – March 2004, PAPADEV collaborated with ISODEC and Save the Children’s Fund (UK) on a Reproductive Health Programme including HIV/AIDS campaigns in seven pilot communities in the Bole District. The organization has used Video shows and local drama troupe for its sensitization programme.
  • PAPADEV collaborated with IFAD/SADEP from 1997 – 1999 to provide credit to 53 women’s groups in 33 communities in the Bole District.  The beneficiary women were trained in small business management, group dynamics and income generation before the grant of loans.  About 40 young girls were also trained in alternative income generation including batik, tie and dye and confectionery and soap making.
  • From January 2000 – March 2004, PAPADEV collaborated with ISODEC and Save the Children’s Fund (UK) on a Reproductive Health Programme including HIV/AIDS campaigns in seven pilot communities in the Bole District. The organization has used Video shows and local drama troupe for its sensitization programme.
  • PAPADEV collaborated with IFAD/SADEP from 1997 – 1999 to provide credit to 53 women’s groups in 33 communities in the Bole District.  The beneficiary women were trained in small business management, group dynamics and income generation before the grant of loans.  About 40 young girls were also trained in alternative income generation including batik, tie and dye and confectionery and soap making.
  • The organization collaborated with UNDP-GEF/Small Grants to undertake Conservation Education in 20 communities fringing the Mole and Bui National Parks within the Bole District.  The project which commenced since November 1999 and ended in March 2003.
  • In year 2002, PAPADEV also completed another contract with the Village Infra- structural Project (VIP) to animate twelve (12) communities in Bole District to own and manage Water and Sanitation facilities provided.
  • From 2001 to 2004, PAPADEV animated over 48 communities and assisted them in the formation and training  of 42 WATSAN committee in the Tolon-Kumbungu, Savelugu-Nanton and Tamale Districts for the Rotary Club of Tamale hand-dug wells project.

From 1997 to 1999 PAPADEV served as a Partner Organization and executed three contracts on Community Water and Sanitation.  During this period PAPADEV Staff animated over 57 communities in the former Bole District in the community ownership and management of Water and sanitation facilities provided.  Water and Sanitation Committees (WATSAN) were formed and trained in each community, education on good hygiene and sanitation practices were undertaken.

  •   In 1998 – 1999 through the project phases 2 and 3 PAPADEV promoted the

       construction of over 110 house-hold VIP latrines in the Bole and Sawla Districts.                                These projects were sponsored by the IDA through World Bank and GOG and

           implemented by the CWSA.

All these projects and activities have provided PAPADEV staff with relevant community entry, animation and training skills and experiences as well as a good knowledge of the culture of the people and the geography of the districts at large.

New areas of interest include: Animation and training of communities and schools in I-WASH Programmes and Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) and provision of household latrines.

ABOUT US

PAPADEV is commitment to the unique, community-driven development process that was designed by the organization’s founders. This community development process is grounded in a concept of development in which community-level change grows out of community members’ own identification of their development needs and their own initiatives to address those needs. Within this conceptual framework, change occurs as community members become empowered to recognize in themselves, the responsibility to initiate development processes and the power to take advantage of opportunities to improve their living standards and well-being. This process of community empowerment, mobilization and action is catalyzed and facilitated by an external facilitator.

PAPADEV has played the role of facilitator and partner in the above process in the Bole and Sawla/Tuna/Kalba (STK) Districts of the Northern Region for twenty (20) years now. PAPADEV’s facilitation and partnership role has established the organization as a relevant and effective partner in the development of the Bole and STK District.

The Purpose of PAPADEV is to uplift the standard of living of the people by promoting development in deprived communities in the western corridor/ districts of the Northern Region of Ghana, enhancing access to health, education, reducing poverty through increased socio-economic activities and environmental management or protection.

Key Achievements

PAPADEV’s recent achievements in relation to projects include:

o   PAPADEV has successfully implemented the Complementary Education Programme (CEP) whereby over 2,500 out-of- school children (48% girls) were give 9 months mother tongue literacy and numeracy and transitioned to the secular school whereby some have completed SHS and at least two in the University with four years funding from Ibis- Ghana.

o   Through the Complementary Basic Education Project with Ibis Ghana/DFID,  it has since 2013 to date mobilised and animated  over 400 communities and formed and trained 2,750 Local Management Committees (60% women) to assist manage the CEP classes effectively.

o   PAPADEV has successfully advocated for the establishment of five new schools in remote communities in Bole and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Districts to take care of the children from these remote areas.

o   With regards to Health, PAPADEV, with funds from Star-Ghana promoted the acquisition of National Health insurance cards by over 3,000 (62% female) community members.

o   Led advocacy groups to advocate for the establishment of three Community Health Compounds and posting of health Staff to man them. As well as lobbying for the provision of easy access and entry into in health facilities by Persons with Disabilities using wheel chairs.

o   Has assisted 60 persons living with HIV to form an Association (DISO) and assisting provide necessary skills in income generation  with initial funds to operate and access to ARV drugs in two Districts.

o   PAPADEV has facilitated the formation and activities of 20 HIV Peer Educators Clubs and provided a manual to guide their operation and enhance their knowledge of the disease. 

PROFILE

ORGANISATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Executive Board: The organisations activities are directed by the Executive Board of seven (7) members, which meets twice a year or when necessary to deliberate and approve the programmes/ projects and budget of PAPADEV for the year.

The Board has a Chairperson who presides over its meetings and is a signatory to the main account.  While the Executive Secretary who is also secretary and member of the Board ensures the smooth implementation and co-ordination of programmes/projects being undertaken as well as the general administration of the organisation.

Field Officers:   Each District is managed by a Field Co-ordinator who overseas the day to day administration and management of projects and other activities of the organisation in the Districts. The Bole and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, where our activities are concentrated, has a District Coordinator an accounts and administrative officers, Community mobilization/animation Officers, Hygiene and Sanitation Officer, who work with other staff on various projects in the Communities.

Volunteers:   The Organisation also has a number of Volunteers who are not full-time workers hence do not receive salaries but allowances for undertaking specific project activities in their fields of expertise or providing technical back-stopping as may be required.

Currently PAPADEV has about nine (9) field staff at Bole and Tamale.  Six (6) of these are paid while the rest are volunteers who receive allowances while undertaking specific project activities.

ORGANOGRAM

Organisational management

Organogram

The organisations has an Executive Board of five (5) members, which meets at least two times a year to deliberate and approve the programmes/ projects and budget of PAPADEV for the year. The Board has a Chairperson who presides over its meetings and is a signatory to the main account.  While the Executive Secretary who is also secretary and member of the Board ensures the smooth implementation and co-ordination of programmes/projects being undertaken as well as the general administration of the organisation. The Executive Secretary reports to the board on programme activities and is main signatory to all PAPADEV accounts with the Accountant and the Board chairperson as co-signatories. The Executive Secretary works with the Programme and Field Officers who implement the projects. While the accountant and Administration Assistant take care of the financial and office administration duties respectively. The organization has a Vision and Mission statements as well as organizational objectives which are all documented in a PAPADEV Profile and in the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan which was finalized by a Consultant with financial support from IBIS Ghana. It also has an Administrative and Financial manual which guides Staff on their roles and responsibilities in the Organisation as well as the financial management procedures to be followed,

o   PAPADEV has an Administrative and financial manual to guide practices and behavior of the various officers. The Administrative manual spells out the responsibilities of each office holder on the Organogram. The application of the agreed Finance and Administration procedures manual has led to greater discipline in the use and reporting of funds given for project activities and improved accounting processes. Therefore, all staff know their roles and responsibilities and how to handle funds during project implementation and reporting. Within the financial portion of the manual, the financial policies of PAPADEV are highlighted and used to guide financial authorization procedures and operations.

Organisational Strengths and Staff Skills

1.      Competencies in the design and delivery of Complimentary Basic Education programs.

2.      First-hand information on education, health and environment challenges in Bole and STK districts.

3.      Strong community entry and mobilization and sensitisation skills.

4.      High level of community level credibility and legitimacy

5.      Ability to develop long-lasting, self-managing community groups.

6.      Recognition by national level CSOs for community entry, mobilization and sensitisation skills

8.      Knowledge of issues relating HIV/AIDS

9.      Understanding of the issues and dynamics leading to environmental or landscape degradation in local communities and rehabilitation options

  PAPADEV Staff are well known in the district for their skills in Community mobilisation, animation and local level training. Some of the main skills that some Programme Staff possess include:

            Group formation and training in their roles and responsibilities.

Have good knowledge of issues relating HIV/AIDS having worked on issues for more than 15 years in the district.

PAPADEV Staff are also confessant with local level training in alternative income generating activities such as small business management, bee-keeping and improved shea-butter processing.

The staff are also confessant with the five local languages spoken in the two districts hence do not need interpreters but are often engaged to provide local level sensitisation and training activities  for other Partners in the district,

PROFILE IS JUST AS HOME INFORMATION

Mission

PAPADEV’s exists to inspire local communities to take advantage of opportunities in their environment and seek alternatives to improve their living standards. PAPADEV pursues this mission by facilitating local community members’ access to, and demand for, basic social services.

Our core values include the following: Partnership, Equity, Accountability and Resourcefulness.

OBJECTIVES

Objectives

PAPADEV’s Strategic Objectives for the medium-term fall under two main categories, namely,

        i.            Program development

      ii.            Organization Development

Program Development objectives

PAPADEV’s program development objectives fall three thematic areas selected as the focus of PAPADEV’s programs in the medium term.

a.       Education

                                                              i.      To promote the Education for All Policy in the Bole and STK Districts of Ghana, particularly in relation to the girl-child and deprived communities.

                                                            ii.      To facilitate community participation in education governance and strengthen district-level accountability processes in the said districts.

b.      Health

                                                              i.      To promote the National Health Insurance system in the said districts

                                                            ii.      To promote sanitation and hygiene education in the said districts.

                                                          iii.      To assist reduce malaria and TB infections through good hygiene and sanitation education and practices.

                                                          iv.      To contribute to reducing HIV infection and stigmatisation.

                                                            v.      To assist communities advocate for health infrastructure and services including posting of health personnel

c.       Environment

                                                              i.      To promote climate change adaptation and livelihood restoration in the said districts.

                                                            ii.      To promote the conservation of bio-diversity in forests and woodlands covering sensitive ecological areas and national parks.

Organisation Development objectives

PAPADEV’s Organisation Development objectives fall under three areas of organizational capacity, namely;

d.      Sustainability

                                                              i.      To strengthen the sustainability of PAPADEV’s organizational resources and capacities by building financial management systems and practices.

e.       Organizational Learning

                                                              i.      To strengthen monitoring and learning capacities in PAPADEV

f.       Niche/Identity

To establish PAPADEV as an evidence-based advocacy organization.

Cross-cutting programs:

Advocacy and Rights Based Programme: The Governance and Rights based Programme is now being replaced by advocacy and rights based as cross-cutting issues and will look at all the programs from rights based approach. It focuses on developing the capacities of the residents of Bole and STK Districts to engage in or advocate for the rights of all citizens regardless of their ethnic background or gender especially increased involvement of women in local governance participation and gender equity issues. It will particularly look at the issues of right to education, health, water and sanitation as they affect women and children.