Thursday, December 19, 2019

Since its inception in 2016, Climate Chance organizes an annual summit which ends with a declaration (or an outcome document) outlining key actions, commitments and/or intentions all geared towards dealing with climate change.
Given that Climate Chance has been held consistently in the last 3 years, this paper provides an assessment of the process including some recommendations. A copy of the paper can be found HERE

The Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) organised it's 2nd Consultative Meeting for the  Youth in Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (Youth-NREG) Platform in July 2019 with the support of UNDP - Ghana. A copy of the Report can be found HERE.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) has published a paper to address the challenges of Youth participation in the governance of Ghana’s Natural Resources and Environmental (NRE) Sector. A copy of the paper can be downloaded HERE.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) with the support of the World Bank Institute, Ghana Country office convened a Youth Consultative Meeting in May, 2019 as part of creating a Youth in Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (Youth-NREG) Platform. A copy of the Inception Report can be found HERE

Thursday, February 7, 2019

As part of its effort to demonstrate commitment towards the achievement of the SDGs, the government of Ghana in August 2017 inaugurated a technical committee for the execution of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Africa Agenda 2063. The formation of the committee was the first move in the localization of the SDGs and Agenda 2063. From the foregoing, the Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) has analyzed the 2016 Annual Progress Reports (APRs) of 4 district assemblies out of the 216 districts, in order to ascertain the level of youth inclusion in the planning and implementation of their respective local level programmes. Additionally, the exercise sought to analyse the reporting approach of local level interventions specifically on climate change, biodiversity, forestry, energy access and gender in line with SYND’s thematic areas of work. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REPORT

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Climate change is undeniably affecting all aspects of human life. While efforts are been made at all levels to address its adverse impacts, the poor and vulnerable such as women, girls, boys, aged, people with disability and the aged tend to suffer most due to their poor coping abilities.

As part of contributing to the climate adaptation process in Ghana, the Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) conducted a survey dubbed “Climate Change Impacts: The experiences of Youth Leaders in Ghana” targeting youth leaders in James Town, New Abirem and Gumani representing the Southern, Middle and Northern zones of Ghana respectively.

25 youth leaders were engaged in James Town drawn from the following groups No Noise Fund club, United Youth, Ashabienaa Youth, Concern Youth, Willows International, Ga Mashie Association, Great Thinkers and New Generation. In New Abirem, there were 32 youth leaders selected from groups such as Hweakwae Youth Association, Assembly Unit Committee, Yayaaso, and Aduasena. Gumani also recorded 23 youth leaders from Zee Sung youth, Nzagsi- ŋuni association, Nasara Youth Association, N-Gang ŋuni Youth Association, and N-Zagsi ŋuni Youth Association.

A copy of the survey report can be found here.

While in principle, gender mainstreaming or analysis is extremely necessary in the planning and execution of climate interventions, the Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) argues that, there is over reliance on WOMEN to the detriment of other components of Gender that is, MEN, GIRLS AND BOYS. Ghana’s climate change policy states that vulnerable groups, such as the disabled, the aged, children, youth and women, are particularly affected as they have poorer coping mechanisms. Indeed it acknowledged that, the youth form a significant proportion of the population of Ghana and live with the impacts of climate change much longer. As such, the youth are key stakeholders in the climate change process. Inspite of such recognition, the policy makes no concrete provision in tackling the effect of climate change on the youth. A study on the impact of climate change on women in three districts was conducted which confirmed that, although women undertake 85% of Ghana’s food distribution, they have difficulties in accessing land, land tenure security and formal financial services. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to cite studies conducted on the impact of climate change on young people in Ghana.

The Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) has therefore embarked on a “Gender and Climate Change Advocacy” project which primarily sought to train and empower young people as climate change champions in their respective communities or districts. It focused on obtaining the impact of climate change from a gender perspective (specifically pertaining to young males and females) in selected districts.

A copy of the report can found here [GENDER AND CLIMATE CHANGE].