SDG localization initiatives from Wa East district Assembly in Ghana

Ghana’s Wa East District Assembly is targeting SDG 2: Zero Hunger thanks to a project focusing on enhancing food security (target 2.1), addressing malnutrition (target 2.2), and doubling agricultural productivity (target 2.3).

By incorporating international goals into national accounting, the initiative ensures that progress made at the community level contributes to Ghana’s overall journey towards the 2030 Agenda. For the past year (2023), the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLAs) and the Mother-to-Mother Support Groups (M2MSGs) have played a leading role in transforming communities.

With a local resource mobilization of GH₵325,323.00 (approx. 27,000 USD) the project has successfully tackled community challenges, including improving sanitation (with approximately 85% of households in 20 communities constructing and using household latrines with hand washing facilities made from local materials), providing access to clean water, enhancing income generation, and promoting better nutrition. An important aspect of these initiatives is the development of social cohesion among community members, fostering a renewed sense of purpose and togetherness.

The initiatives seamlessly align with national agendas, supporting flagship programs such as Planting for food and jobs and Coordinated programs of economic and social development policies. These programs aim to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, and reduce poverty by improving livelihoods. This integration allows the local SDG efforts to be embedded within the wider framework of Ghana’s socio-economic development.

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