Norsaac is a pro-marginalized and policy influencing organization working for social transformation and enhanced living conditions of citizens. It works with networks of women, youth, children, excluded groups, and like-minded organizations to strengthen their agency to claim and exercise their rights.
Norsaac’s name features prominently whenever women, girls and youth empowerment is mentioned. Since it was established in 2002, Norsaac has become one of Ghana’s leading organisations working in the areas of sexuality and reproductive health and rights, gender and governance and livelihoods and skills development.
Norsaac is currently implementing a five-year strategic plan which is expiring at the end of 2019. The organisation thus undertook a consultative process to review implementation of the strategy, analyse the current context and based on that develop a new strategic plan for the next five years (2020-2024).
The consensus on Norsaac’s implementation of its strategy in the past five years is that the organisation has achieved its desired objectives and more importantly has made a difference in the lives of the women, young people and marginalised groups. The new strategy reflects a consolidation of these successes, but it goes further. It provides room for expansion: expansion beyond Norsaac’s geographical scope, expansion beyond Norsaac’s traditional sources of funding and expansion beyond the themes it has worked on in the past five years. What will not change in the next five years is Norsaac’s focus on its constituents: women, youth and vulnerable groups. As a result, under the leadership of the Board and Management and with the guidance of this strategic plan, the next five years promises to be an exciting and impactful time for Norsaac.
This strategic document begins by providing a summary of the feedback from the review of implementation of the current strategy. It then shares key issues in the context that should inform Norsaac’s choice of priorities for the next five years. Following on this, it sets forth the vision, mission and values of the organisation. Next, the document shares four key outcomes the organisation is seeking to achieve in the next five years and for each outcome, provides the different strategies that will be utilized. It ends by sharing the specific approaches the organisation will use to achieving its desired outcomes and the mechanisms it will use to ensure all activities in the next five years are in alignment with the strategy.
Dedicated to championing an improved quality of life for empowered women, youth, and marginalized groups asserting their rights, Norsaac actively engages in community and policy-based work in the following four areas: Sexual Rights and Reproductive Health, Gender and Governance, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development, and Education.
Our Approach to Empowerment for Change
Norsaac works closely with communities, community structures, and target groups to empower individuals in asserting their rights through increasing their knowledge-base and widening the depth of information made accessible.
The organization further engages these groups, along with additional stakeholders, to influence community-level change. These changes come in the form of: 1) provision of quality services; 2) altering community norms, beliefs and practices; and, 3) influencing gatekeepers of the decision-making process in homes, communities and formal structures. Norsaac commits itself to these changes in so to recognize the rights of women and youth who participate in decision-making processes that directly affect them as individuals.
Norsaac works in collaboration with government and non-government stakeholders to influence policy change in favor of those negatively affected. Through the organization's direct work with communities and districts throughout the northern region, it is able to identify gaps in policy, or policy inefficiencies, that are affecting this target group.
For an in-depth look into the work that Norsaac is conducting, please explore the Programmes area of the website.
A healthy and empowered society where everyone enjoys their rights and live a life of dignity.
To work with networks of women, youth, children, excluded groups, and like-minded organisations to strengthen their agency to claim and exercise their rights.
We work to challenge power imbalances that deepens inequalities in society.
We champion the collective power of women, children, youth and the excluded.
Willingness and readiness to take intelligent and calculated risk and to act quickly with experience and sensitivity to what the situation requires.
We value diversity and promote equality, participation and voice of all.
We value and regard all people equally and act in a way that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person
We accept the obligation of joint responsibilities, shared goals and mutual accountability with beneficiaries, donors and stakeholders.