List of resources for Ghana
- 1 What's at the Accra Office
- 2 What's at the Kumasi Sub-Office (KSO)
- 3 What's at the Tamale Sub-Office (TSO)
- 4 Peace Corps Initiatives
- 5 The 'Others' (NGOs)
- 6 Websites
- 7 Books
What's at the Accra Office
- Media Outreach Tools
- 16 GB Camcorder
- 8 GB Digital Camera
- Projector with wireless presenter (aka remote)
- DVD Player
- Behavior Change Communication (BCC)
- Journey of Hope
- STI Quiz
- The Risk Game
- What you need to know about AIDS. (free pamphlets)
- The HIV Q & A Booklet (free copies)
- Scenarios from Africa (multilingual short films on HIV/AIDS)
- Peer Educators Manual
- HIV/AIDS posters
- Red Ribbons
All PEPFAR material is also available at both sub-offices.
Information Resource Center (IRC)
What's in Accra? (More like, what's not in Accra?!)
- Osu Children's Library (OCL)
- It was started in 1992 by Canadian Kathy Knowels. Since then, it has flourished into more than 100 libraries around Ghana. Despite the petite size of the Accra library, it is full of books by Ghanaian authors, popular American children's books, and books the OCL Fund has published themselves. Their books are priced for GHC 3.50 to 5.00 each with the best feature being the pictures of Ghana that fill the pages.
- They are open Monday through Saturday (hours ?). It is within walking distance from Danquah Circle in Osu. Walk down the road that Honeysuckle is on (surely a reliable landmark) and turn left at the second intersection and walk for about 10 minutes max. You will pass the School of Journalism and the Kofi Anan Center. It's on your left and it is a bright blue small building. The librarian is a very nice Ghanaian woman named Joana (0246838171).
- Visit their website for more information about the organization: Osu Children's Library Fund
- Swiss Rest in Labone
- I'm coming.
- Blue Royal Hotel in Osu
- $75 US for a self-contained double room with AC, DSTV and continental breakfast. Adorable, little hotel with a lot of character centrally located in Osu.
- Tel: 021.783075 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- El Elyon Hotel in Osu
- $75 US for a self-contained double room with AC, DSTV and continental breakfast. It's next door to Blue Royal. Despite it's lack of character, it is clean & sufficient
- Tel: 021.774421/784620 or email: email@example.com
- Byblos Hotel in Osu
- $75 US for a self-contained double room with AC, DSTV and continental breakfast. It also as an attached restaurant.
- Tel: 021.782250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's at the Kumasi Sub-Office (KSO)
- multiple workstations
- Food Security Digital Library workstation (see below)
- Peace Corps forms on desktops
- sleeps eighten(18) with 2 sick beds
- entertainment room
- nice showers and baths
- FREE BOX!
- relaxing porch and summer hut
- barbecue pit
- tents for front yard camping
Peace Corps Volunteer Library
- See a list of PEPFAR materials in the Accra Office section.
The Food Security Digital Library is a workstation that can be used to create media (written, video and audio) for volunteer projects, make PDFs using the scanner, and store Peace Corps digital resources and volunteer project files.
- Dell desktop
- Canon scanner
- 1.5 TB external hard drive
The KSO Store offers an opportunity for PCV's to sell crafts made in their communities to expand the market for Ghanaians. No hassle shopping.
- wood crafts, which can also be special ordered if provided with a sketch
What's at the Tamale Sub-Office (TSO)
Peace Corps Initiatives
Gender and Youth Development (GYD)
Their mission: Create sustainable solution to gender and youth equality issues by encouraging dialogue, providing GYD resources and promoting country wide linkages.
Think Tank (Information and Communication Technology Committee)
Their mission: To dissiminate knowledge as effectively as possible to volunteers and Ghanaians alike by utilizing the three aspects of Information and Communication Technology: Computer Technology, Communication Technology and Information Technology (or Knowledge Management).
Ghana AIDS Projects Committee (GhAP)
- HIV/AIDS prevention
- U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
- For more information visit our Blog
Food Security Action Committee (FSAC)
Their mission: To help PCVs utilize the new resources effectively. Food security is to make nutritious, culturally appropriate food more available for people - either by improving nutrition, improving access to food, or improving food distribution.
- Check out the Food Security Action Committee's page for more information on Food Security.
Peace Corps Audio-Visual Club (PCVAC)
- I'm coming.
- Farm Radio International is a Canadian-based, not-for-profit organization working in direct partnership with approximately 375 radio broadcasters in 39 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. Our materials are also available electronically to broadcasters and to rural development organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The following page contains a vast list of radio scripts that would serve as great templates for those interested in organizing a radio show: Farm Radio International radio scripts.
The 'Others' (NGOs)
NGOs from the United States
- World Vision International, founded in the USA in 1977, is an evangelical relief and development umbrella organization whose stated goal is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. World Vision is one of the largest relief and development organizations in the world. In Ghana, they primarily focus on water and sanitation.
- CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
- Trade and Investment Programme for Competitive Export Economy (TIPCEE) is a CARE project that targets smallholder farmers that already have begun to integrate into commercial marketing chains. It is important for the offer or to strengthen the role of women as owners of small/medium size enterprises, as smallholder farmers, and as productive workers in processing and marketing activities.
- The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. They are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to promote human development and serve fellow Catholics. In Ghana, they work primarily in the northern three regions working on a medley of projects.
- Appropriate Projects is a subsidiary of parent organization Water Charity that works with Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world to complete small water and sanitation projects. The projects must take less than a month, cost less than US$555 and uses appropriate technology.
NGOs from Other Countries
- Volunteer Service Overseas(VSO) is the UK-equivalent of Peace Corps.
- Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s vision is to effectively provide backing for this process. Dynamic development refers to the creation of self-reinforcing virtuous cycles of mid- to long-term economic growth and poverty reduction in a constantly changing environment of developing countries where a variety of issues arise simultaneously and get entangled each
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)'s (formerly GTZ) operations in Ghana are integrated into the country's poverty reduction strategy. This aims to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and to speed up the rate of poverty reduction within a democratic environment.
Ghanaian NGOs in Partnership with Peace Corps
- The Organic Mango Outgrower Association (OMOA) is a collection of 1500 farmers from 40 different villages in the Savelugu/Nanton, Tolon/Kumbungu, Karaga and West Mamprusi Districts ofthe Northern Region. These farmers are being supported by Integrated Tamale Fruit Company (ITFC), with interest-free imports and technical information togrow organic mangoes. They have formed the association, and have an executive committee who meets monthly to discuss issues facing the farmers throughout the project zone. The support that the executive body offers to the association varies, anywhere from other agricultural projects, economic opportunities,literacy education and health improvement programs. The farmers pay yearly dues to pay the salary of an administrator, a full time accountant, and to pay for yearly meetings andother expenses. This association has been in existence for over 7 years.
- Four years ago, OMOA applied and received a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her primaryproject was to provide sanitation education to the farmers within the project.She was replaced by another volunteer, and in addition the association appliedfor 2 more volunteers to instigate a health program for the association. Thehealth program is in its beginning stages. It is centered around the trainingof volunteers within the project communities as health educators. To beginwith, the program is focusing on HIV/AIDS education, but in the future there is hope to expand it to include all aspects of health education. OMOA is alsopartnering with GTZ (now GIZ) in this endeavor. In the previous year OMOA and GTZ administered a Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and Perception (KABP) survey on HIV/AIDS to see the level of HIV/AIDS information existing in the project communities. They also organized a peer educator workshop to train a small number of farmers from each zone onHIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), and family planning methods. Together, OMOA and GTZ hope to provide education to all the farmers and theirfamilies and communities. They also will work to increase the capacity of theGhana Health Service Clinics within the project zone, to ensure that thesupport for testing and treatment are in existence to ensure sustainability.The project also includes goals of creating sustainable condom distributionprograms.
- Integrated Tamale Fruit Company (ITFC) is a private company incorporated in 1999. The company cultivates certified organic mangoes for both local and export markets. It operates in the Savelugu-Nanton District in the Northern Region. ITFC operates an outgrower scheme, started in 2001, which currently includes 1,300 outgrower farmers, each having a farm of about 1 acre with about 100 mango trees. ITFC provides an interest free loan to the outgrowers exclusively in the form of required inputs and technical services. The farmers start paying for the loan from the sale of mangoes after five years. This arrangement guarantees that ITFC can source a large volume of quality organic mangoes and the farmers can earn a long-term sustainable income for their families.
- Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA) is a non-profit making non-governmental institution providing vocational technical training, extension, and consultancy in general tropical agriculture to practising and prospective farmers. Its goal is training, consultancy, research for agriculture and rural development and the protection of the environment for sustained increase in agricultural productivity.
Information About Development
This is the webpage for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) project in Ghana
This is the webpage for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project in Ghana
The mission of the Global AIDS Alliance (GAA) is to mobilize the political will and financial resources needed to slow and ultimately stop the global AIDS crisis, and to reduce its impacts on poor countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
The West Africa Trade Hub is a USAID-funded project working under the West Africa Regional Program to make trade happen in 20 countries across the region.
In early 2004, British Prime Minister Tony Blair established the Commission for Africa. This website is the permanent archive of the work of the commission.
This is the webpage for the USAID Mission in Ghana
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.
General Information About Ghana
http://www.ghanadistricts.com Website for a public-private partnership program between the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development, and the Environment and Maks Publications and Media Services.
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Accra to information about converting currency. Just click on Ghana and go from there. Please note, you must first login to access this site.
This is the State Department’s Web site, which issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Ghana and learn more about its social and political history.
The world factbook provides up-to-date country information.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political backgrounds.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.
Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees at
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities.
This site is an independent news forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. It includes an RPCV directory organized by country of service.
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.
The Ghana Wiki is a repository of all types of information about Ghana. Anyone may add new articles and edit existing ones.
Online Articles/Current News Sites About Ghana
- http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/africa/gh.htm (maps and facts about Ghana) Twi Language Resources
Language is your key to the culture in Ghana. While many people in the urban areas of the country speak English, communities in the rural areas speak mostly local languages— and so will you! Twi is one of the most widely spoken languages in Ghana, and it will be the first language you will study upon arrival in-country. If you’re interested in getting started on your Twi language skills before departing for Ghana, here are a few resources to try:
- Dolphyne, Florence Abena. A Comprehensive Course in Twi Asante for the Non-Twi Learner. Ghana Univ. Pr. Book & Audio Cassette edition (1998)
- Dolphyne, Florence Abena. The Akan (twi-fante) Language: Its Sound Systems and Tonal Structure. Ghana Universities Press (1988)
- Kotey, Paul F. Let’s Learn Twi: Ma Yensua Twi. Africa World Press (2000)
- Kotey, Paul A. Twi-English/English-Twi Concise Dictionary (Hippocrene Concise Dictionary) Hippocrene Books (1998)
- Redden, James E. Twi Basic Course. Audio-Forum (1963)
- Twi (Audio Cassette) Pimsleur (1997)
Recommended Books about Development
- Burkey, Stan. People First: A Guide to Self-Reliant Participatory Rural Development. London: Zed Books, 1993.
- Friere, Paolo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed 30th anniversary ed., New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000.
Recommended Books About Ghana
- Aidoo, Ama Ata. No Sweetness Here and Other Stories. New York, NY: The Feminist Press, 1995.
- Amamoo, J.G. The New Ghana: The Birth of a Nation. Lincoln, NE: Authors Choice Press, 2000.
- Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.
- Birmingham, David. Kwame Nkrumah: Father Of African Nationalism. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press; Rev edition, 1998.
- Briggs, Phillip. Ghana: The Bradt Travel Guide, 3rd Edition. Chalfont St. Peter: Bradt Travel Guides, 2004.
- Cole, Catherine M. Ghana’s Concert Party Theater. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.
- Gaines, James. 12 Days in Ghana: Reunions, Revelations & Reflections. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2002.
- McCaskie, T. C. Asante Identities: History and Modernity in an African Village, 1850-1950. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.
- McFarland, Daniel Miles. Historical Dictionary of Ghana. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, third edition, 2005.
- McKissack, Patricia. The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa. Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (1995).
- Mikell, Gwendolin. Cocoa and Chaos in Ghana. Washington, DC: Howard University Press; Reprint edition, 1991.
- Otoo, David. Authentic African Cuisine from Ghana, 1st Edition. East Orange, NJ: Sankofa Books, 1997.
Books About the History of the Peace Corps
- Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
- Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
- Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.
Books on the Volunteer Experience
- Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
- Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
- Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
- Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
- Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999
- Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
- Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
- Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).