This page gives you an update on activities of CEDEP during the last one month unit by unit. If you want more information write to:
CEDEP REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROJECT (CRHP)
The Unit has been focusing on a baseline survey on family reproductive health programmes. For that purpose, the unit drew staff from some of the organizations units and organized interviewers training at the Cedep head office for the data collectors. The program funders (DFID/Save the Children) have sent a six member review team to assess programmes of APPLE and HIV/AIDS Projects as part of the ongoing output to Purpose Review.
The unit has finished collecting data from SMO and APPLE and it intends to finish the data collection from DOTHEBAA and HIV/AIDS Project by the end of the month.
The intern from Trend University, Canada attached to the unit left at the beginning of the month.
As part of its program for the month, the unit is planning to organize a Peer Educators Training Workshop. It is also in the process of selecting new LNGOs.
GENDR DEVELOPMENT UNIT (GDU)
At the beginning of April, Dr. Rudith King, the research team leader of the GERA Project in collaboration with GDU, dispatched the final report of the project to North South Institute, Canada.
A final workshop and fundraising ceremony for the project was held at the GNAT Hall, Kumasi on 6th April. An approximate amount of five hundred thousand cedis (500,000) was obtained to be used for structural renovation of a room to be used for child welfare clinic at the Kumasi Central Market.
In addition, the unit liased with CWF during the launching of the book, "Women Achievers" and Asaase Aban Construction Project supervision.
CEDEP WOMEN FORUM (CWF)
The Cedep Women Forum is facilitating arrangements for the training of 30 needy girls and women to be sponsored by DED at Mancells Vocational Training Institute from September to December 2000.
On Thursday 18 May 2000, the Women Achievers Book was launched at the GNAT Hall in Kumasi. The book was dedicated to the Asantehemaa, Nana Afua Kobi Ampem and Nana Yaa Asantewaa.
Mrs. Boadicea Ama Prempeh the former co-ordinator of the unit is expected to leave the unit and CEDEP at the end of the month on a voluntary retirement.
YOUTH INITIATIVE UNIT (YIU)
The Youth Initiative Unit in April 5th -7th organised a joint programme for Youth in Action and Young People Advocacy for Action, a youth orgaisation based in Accra. The British Council sponsored the programme. The aim of the programme was to provide the youth a platform to interact, share ideas and draw up a best practice. The activities were centered on human rights issues such as violence against women, child labour, discrimination/tribalism and equal opportunities for all.
Drama was used as a medium to create awareness of these issues to the youth and the public.
The unit is making plans to organise a need assessment workshop for the Youth in Action members specifically about their entrepreneurial skills.
CEDEP CONSULTANCY SERVICES (CCS)
The unit organised an orientation for four Japanese concerning the JOCV Programme.
The consultancy unit has been using Programme for Rural Action to strengthen sub-district institution to perform the functions better in Hohoe and Kintampo districts. For that purpose, a day to day organisation was organised for the two towns.
It could not wind up its programmes on the UNDDP/National Poverty Reduction-JBDA due to the onset of the cocoa season. The team is however working hard to polish up all that is left by the end of May.
PUBLICATION AND DOCUMENTAION UNIT (PDU)
For the past months, the unit has been working on the 1999 annual report, the CHESTKit report, management meeting report, Field walker Manual for CCS.
The Unit has been working on the CEDEP Website by updating
The unit has finished working on Peri-Urban Flyer on water pollution and reflections for CWF.
COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE
The CLC has been pursuing the setting up of a separate training room in order to increase the number of hour for Internet browsing. The unit hope to extend its services to other locations within the metropolis by the end of the year. In view of this , a visit was made to the University College of Education, Kumasi campus by Elizabeth Plas-Otwe to discuss the possibility of setting up an internet cafe at the campus with the authorities of the college.
The USAID Leyland co-ordinator Mrs. Arvil Kudzi and the co-ordinator for Women in Development, Mrs. Patience paid a working visit to the centre on 13 April 2000.
The visit was to evaluate the progress of the centre since the last visit in November 1999, and also to discuss with staff how to raise the interest of women in the metropolis in Information Technology.
It was agreed that the open week held for women in 1999 be repeated this year.
Other issues looked at were the way forward for the CLC in terms of expansion of its activities to other locations in the metropolis and the region as a whole.
CEDEP LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT UNIT (CLDU)
The Ashanti Regional Susu collectors Co- operative Society (APSCCS) have organised a seminar on Conflict Resolution with the executives in a bid to amicably solve the conflict between the executives and their office manager.
Concerning the Kaasi Sanitation Project, the unit head was to meet the Project Management Committee Members and Nana Kaasihene on the preparations towards the commissioning date.
The project was to be commissioned on May 12, 2000 at Kaasi Primary/JSS School Park, at 1 0 am and invitation letters had already been written and distributed.
The unit is collaborating with the Jachie Pramso Disabled Centre, which produces, Tie and Dye, Kente materials and Leather products in order to help them market their products.
For this matter, Tony and Rev. Awuku met with Mr. Osei Kwadwo (Project Manager) and Mr. Nyamekye Johnson, (Accountant) from the Centre to discuss how best they can market the products in the cities and region along the business centres. It was advised that avenues be created to market the products on the Internet.
To follow up on the project, Tony, Rev. Awuku, Elizabeth and Salifu paid a one day visit to the Centre on April 20, 2000. They discussed on how Visitors and Tourists to Lake Bosomtwe could be encouraged to the Centre by operating a canteen service and operating a mini CLC at the Centre in an effort to advertise and sell their products.
The Executive Director traveled to the United Kingdom and on his return reported that the Milton Keynes World Development Centre has agreed to open an account in trust for the organisation there. This is to enable those who want to contribute one way or the other make their contributions without any difficulty.
CEDEP VILLAGE FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD
CEDEP Village Set for Action
The idea of establishing the CEDEP Village for Sustainable Livelihoods, in short CEDEP Village, first appeared in the CEDEP Update of 1997 when the then Executive Secretary reported on a meeting organised at Cotonou in the Republic of Benin, and sponsored by IIED. The basic idea was to establish a Centre for giving value to waste products. There was a caution however in this report of the need to study what has been done at the Songhai Centre in the Republic of Benin very well before undertaking the project. CEDEP has followed the idea of not re-inventing the wheel very religiously, by even organizing a preparatory trip to the National Service Farm of Ghana in Accra. The main trip to the Songhai Centre delayed for a couple of reasons but now the trip has been scheduled for 5-11 June, 2000, for six delegates, three each from the community and CEDEP.
In one of our meetings with the community to discuss the trip, they asked for help from CEDEP on an electrification project, which the village is undertaking. CEDEP has donated an amount of three million cedis, the equivalent of a little over ten electric poles.
Presently we have been meeting with concerned organisations on our trip to Benin. We have already secured a joint traveling document and are processing our international insurance document and driving license.
We are also writing a proposal and extending invitations to some partner organisations for our impending community forum after the trip.