Fistrad is a foundation for integrated and strategic development. The social NGO is based in Upper-East region, Sandema, Ghana – in one of the poorest rural areas. It provides projects focusing on gender equality, health, awareness raising and vocational skills development.

Vocational skills workshops are provided in areas such as sewing and weaving; graduates are supported to create their own micro-enterprises. Fistrad also has a library and offers educational classes for children and adults to support literacy and numeracy skill development.

Additionally, Fistrad established a community radio station which now transmits to a population of over a million. Programmes include topics such as human rights, agriculture, national news, sanitation, maternal and child health and education. Mobile phone usage improves public engagement with these programmes.

About the country:

The Human Development Index (HDI) is “a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.” (UNDP, 2018) The 2017 HDI value for Ghana is 0.592, positioning it at 140 out of 189 countries and territories, placing it in the medium human development category. The HDI has increased 30.1% from 0.455 in 1990 to 0.592 in 2017. However the HDI value varies domestically between the male and female population. The male HDI value is 0.619 whereas the female HDI value is 0.563, illustrating issues of gender equality in the country. There are further district and regional disparities not considered in this calculation.

The IHDI (Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index) considers inequality in the three dimensions of the HDI through discounting each dimensions average value according to its level of inequality. When those elements are considered the HDI value is 0.420, experiencing a 28.9% decrease.

Fistrad sewing class