The Inclusive Governance in Sustaining Marginalized Livelihoods programme (ISMAL) is dedicated to ensuring Civil society, women and the youth are actively demanding democratic governance reforms and their right to equitable economic redistribution; accountable and transparent management of public resources as well as influencing pro-poor policies and programmes for poverty reduction in Ghana”.


ISMAL is working to ensure that these target groups are exercising their rights to representation, participation, and influence in decision making processes especially concerning economic redistribution of communal resources and delivery of basic services.


Under ISMAL, NORSAAC is contributing to two specific programme objectives  geared towards achieving this goal.  1) NORSAAC is working with youth and women groups on climate change issues, accountable governance and pro-poor policies that will position communities to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change on local livelihood. 2) NORSAAC is working with other CSOs on good governance, women participation in the 2014/2015 DLEs as well as visibility for women chiefs in the region through the Women in Governance (WiG) component of the ISMAL program.


Project objectives:

  • To strengthen organizational systems and staff capacity of NORSAAC for Effective programme delivery and organizational sustainability
  • To Empower women and youth groups to identify climate change related threats to local livelihood and advocacy for propoor climate change policies and public programmes
  • To Strengthen women and youth groups to claim and exercise their rights to representation, participation and influence in decision making processes especially concerning economic redistribution of communal resources and basic service delivery


2015 was a year of great success for the Inclusive Governance in Sustaining Marginalized Livelihoods Project.


Climate Change Achievements

  • Strong collaboration with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resulted in tree planting support for the Gbulung Area Youth Association. 1,2000 seeding were provided by the Forestry Division.Three climate change groups gained EPA support for community level sensitizations on climate change and the construction of local cookstoves to reduce the amount of wood fire used in cooking.

  • Trainings on National Climate Change Policy Framework and the National Climate Change Adaptation strategy aided the targeted groups understanding of policies on climate change. This has paved the way for questioning on the utilization of 5% of DACF for environmental issues including climate change.

  • These engagements resulted in the support of Kumbungu District Assembly for the Gbulung Area youth through linkages to RING for support in animal rearing which they believe will aid the use of animal dung in crop fertilization.


CSO Platform on Good Governance Achievements 

  • Through the “Walk on Good Local Governance” event, NORSAAC and its partner CSOs presented 2 petitions in the suspension of the District Level Elections (DLE). They also held 3 press conferences on; 1) the election environment for women; 2) the results of the 2015 DLEs; 3) the abysmal appointment of women after the elections.

  • NORSAAC gave capacity building and sensitization support to 77 women aspiring for Assembly Women positions in the District Level Elections.

  • The organization further addressed the need for solidarity among Assembly Women by hosting the Maiden Assembly Women Conference. This conference brought all 18 elected and 67 appointed Northern Region Assembly Women together to deliberate. The conference was recorded by the media as the first of its kind in Ghana history.

  • ISMAL engaged and profiled 22 women chiefs from 12 divisional traditional councils of the Dagbon Traditional Area. The launch of this profile shall set waves that will eliminate the popular adage “the northern culture has no place for women leaders.”


The ISMAL project comes as a continuation of the Popular Participation in Local Governance Programme (PPLG), and is implemented in partnership with IBIS Ghana.


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