As the second biggest economy in West Africa, and supported by an economic boom due to strong exports of cocoa, gold and oil, Ghana achieved middle income country status in 2010, despite only being ranked 119 out of 188 countries in the 2016 Human Development Index. Ghana’s vision for the future is to accelerate economic growth and improve the quality of life for all its citizens, by reducing poverty through private investment, rapid and aggressive industrialization and other direct and aggressive poverty alleviation efforts.

CESO’s goal in Ghana is to respond to local needs and opportunities by supporting women’s economic empowerment and contributing to improvements of the local economic and social wellbeing. CESO has partnered with the Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM), the non-profit organization, Positive Action Against Poverty (PAAP) and the Nutrition and Food Science Department of University of Ghana.

CESO will provide capacity building programs and leadership to private sector members working in the agriculture, natural resource management, tourism and other industries as well as support advocacy efforts for economic empowerment of women and the youth.

Additionally, CESO will support women’s economic empowerment and positive health and nutrition, by building on the partner’s existing initiative, “Scaling up women’s Agri-entrepreneurship through public-private linkages to improve rural women’s income, nutrition and the effectiveness of institutions in rural Ghana.”