The action aims at supporting job creation in regions of departure, transit and return of Ghana, creating local ecosystems that facilitate the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and enabling the transition of local economies to green and climate resilient development. Implementation will take place in the Ashanti and Western region. Ashanti region is one of the main areas of origin of returned migrants whilst Western region is increasingly a location many Ghanaian migrants return to.
The action will channel finance through performance-based grants to selected Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana. In close collaboration with communities, it will help them develop and implement green and climate resilient local investments that foster employability for returnees, youth and women through cash for work and procurement to local SMEs.
Simultaneously, the programme will improve skills development for beneficiaries of selected regions, combined with market matching, coaching and mentoring into (self-) employment and enterprise development. In addition, the action will support the incubation and/or acceleration of green and inclusive MSMEs, while also promoting access to finance for returnees, youth, women and MSMEs. This will be done through a market systems approach, and by leveraging remittances for community development and private investment.
The action’s overall objective is to contribute to addressing the root causes of irregular migration through green and climate resilient local economic development and improving future prospects of beneficiaries, by creating employment and enterprise opportunities in selected sectors and regions (Ashanti and Western).
The specific objectives are the following:
Specific objective 1: To support the transition of local economies to green and climate resilient development.
Specific objective 2: To improve the employability and entrepreneurship capabilities of selected people, by matching them with market opportunities and mentoring them into (self-) employment and enterprise development (with a focus on green and climate resilient local economies).
Specific objective 3: To create and strengthen local ecosystems that support youth (self-) employment and the development of MSMEs.
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Ghana
EUR 9 840 000
EU Delegation Ghana
EUR 9 940 000
- Project duration
- 4 Apr 2019 - 4 Apr 2023
- Project locations
- EU contribution
- €20 000 000
- Region and Country
- Sahel & Lake Chad
- Greater economic and employment opportunities
- United Nations Capital Development FundSNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Ghana