The vision of Elizka is the epoch when civil society organizations and popular networks are sufficiently empowered-economically, materially, politically, culturally, socially and technologically – to take greater control of and determine confidently the direction and scope of their own development.

As part of measures to attain this,is by becoming the voice of change and a platform for dialogue among the African people as well as involving the international audience to be part in helping the Africa continent to promote the ideology of sustainable development.

In this sense, its aims are to reintroduce innovative attitudes and to reform structures that mitigate sustainable development by enabling a participatory process that involves and includes all stakeholders.

Sustainable Development has been a major policy direction of the United Nations. This has led to the growth of a new emphasis on sustainable development and participatory development in an attempt to address both the Millennium Development Goals and post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The link between participation in the attainment of these Goals and the United Nations has been seen as an important means of improving the effectiveness of services and empowering the major stakeholders in the development processes.

Elizka’s new development concept emphasizes on the territorial dimension of development as its stakeholders are immediately affected by the diversity and dynamics of the local realities in which they operate daily.

Thus, the territory emerges as a suitable framework to promote sustainable development, building upon local potentials and the exploitation of local resources – including human, physical, natural and financial resources.

The networked system of territorial development is based not only on economies of scale but also on a process of learning and organizing that arises from interdependence and mutual exchange.

A society that wants to take advantage of local external economies so as to improve its competitiveness or efficiency must itself participate in these collective learning and organizing processes and establish roots in the locality.

The new organizational approach includes building local development centres that take into consideration the need for proximity and diversity.

In this light, the essential role of Elizka is to be a development programme facilitator at both the local and international levels, and link communities and groups to supporting agencies which could reach the local communities with developmental and capacity building programmes and projects.

In order to achieve the above objectives, Elizka has developed the following Programmes:

  • CURRENT PROGRAMMES:

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

  • EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COURSES

As part of the organization’s policy to run executive courses and seminars, Elizka has concluded agreements with the Training Centre in Communication (T.C.C.) Nairobi, Kenya to partner in running Executive Management Courses for diverse stakeholders in Ghana and its neighboring countries.

Training Centre in Communication

Elizka have planned to run a lot of courses beginning the first quarter of 2018.

The organization is currently updating its websites – www.elizka.org and www.dev4africa.org – to provide up-to-date information on the organization, and also enable interactive training and education facilities to stakeholders who otherwise would not have access to valuable resources to attend physically our training and educational programmes.

Moreover, the organization is also establishing an ongoing program of capacity building through regular telecommunication and networking to ensure all stakeholders pursue a collective vision, aimed at providing peer-to-peer education services.

  • SUSTAINABLE INTERACTIVE UNIVERSAL LIBRARY OF RESOURCES

Elizka in collaboration with NGGE is developing and promoting a sustainable interactive Universal Library of Resources through a network of educators, peers, and parents using OERs.

This tool is to provide the means for everyone worldwide to follow their dynamic, interactive, personalized education plan.

NGGE is currently on a world tour to collate diverse views and ideas for the global outset of this project.

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OUTREACH AND CAPACITY BUILDING

Elizka in collaboration with Empowerment Works – www.empowermentworks.org runs Community Development Outreach & Capacity Building Programs through co-developing localized versions of Empowerment Works development concepts:

Empowering and uniting social entrepreneurs with the tools they need to lead

Collaboration Workshops: strengthen capacity of all participants to co-create, uniting the gifts, resources and solutions from all sectors
Innovation: Setting New Standards for Change

From EW’s first innovation, 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) springs a social business ecosystem:  

EW created a multi-sector framework called Partners In Empowerment (PIE) and brought it to life with The Global Summit.

Using 7SS to overcome social collaboration boundaries, EW created 1PIE.org technology    for geographic ones.

 

 ORGANIZING CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, SYMPOSIA, ETC.

The bi-annually held civil society-led African Summit is developed as a platform for innovative local solutions exchange, capacity building forum, and a vibrant network of African Partners in Sustainable Development to unite a remarkable array of local and global leaders, expert speakers, social innovators and hundreds of local agents of change from across Africa and the world over to discuss local solutions and innovate whole new social and economic systems for Africa to reach the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) and the new Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGsby 2030.

RENDERING MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY AND COORDINATING SERVICES

The organization also currently renders the following managerial and coordinating services to both local and international institutions.

  • Fundraising,
  • Development Consultancy
  • Community Development
  • Executive Search (Funder finder, Strategic partnership)
  • Gender training
  • Cross cultural understanding and
  • Qualitative research, using participatory rapid appraisal (PRA)

Capacity Building Programme – “Strengthening Professional Skills of Civil Society Organizations in Ghana Programme”

Elizka Relief Foundation is currently participating in a three-year CSOs Capacity Development Programme titled “Strengthening Professional Skills of Civil Society Organizations in Ghana” from August 2016 to October 2018 which is being organized by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Embassy of France in Ghana.

The programme is designed to strengthen the organizational effectiveness, advocacy; results based management and reporting skills of selected civil society organizations. In addition, the programme will strengthen accountability and participatory development processes of these organizations for more effective policy influence and engagement with government and the private sector.

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

  • Reinforce the organizational capacity of beneficiaries through more robust governance structures, leadership and management abilities for enhanced performance and sustainability;
  • Strengthen results-based communication and ability of participating organizations to use monitoring and evaluation data for effective management, performance reporting and accountability; and
  • Strengthen the ability of target beneficiaries to develop evidence-based advocacy and influencing strategies and develop effective networking and communication techniques.

                                                                  

COORDINATING SERVICES TO JAPAN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (JIRCAS)

Currently, Elizka is rendering consultancy and coordinating services to Japan International Research for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) on their study “Improvement of Micro Reservoir Technologies for Enhancement of Rice Production in Africa (IMRT for Rice)”, which is currently underway in Ghana and spanning from 2014 – 2018.

This project is a tripartite program between Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) – Japan; Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) – Ghana; and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) – Ghana.

                                              

DEVELOPMENT OF A 20 MEGAWATT SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC

The organization in collaboration with Gigawatt Global – www.gigawattglobal.org – has received approval from the Ministry of Energy (Ghana) to develop a 20mw solar photovoltaic project at Wiowso in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of the Ashanti region. The project is fully funded by Gigawatt Global.

PROPOSED PROGRAMMES

  • Hydroponics Project: Model Project in partnership with Got Produce – gotproduce.us
  • Eco-village Project: Model Project in partnership with Empowerment Works – empowermentworks.org
  • Building Advocacy and Community Engagement

The Community advocacy and engagement are proposed to be organized in rural and deprived communities to mobilize stakeholders and community leaders in meeting with development practitioners to share ideas. These fora can help raise the standards of living in these communities by helping development practitioners gain insight and understanding of the problems and opportunities in the community, develop suitable products and solutions and help the community to redirect and release resources for sustainable development.

  • Setting up of Socio-Economic Incubators
  • Development of Learning Centres at Rural Communities
  • Development and Improvement of Sanitation Systems in Rural Communities and
  • Micronutrients for Infants and Children

Documents on these programmes are available for potential partners, donors and funding agencies.

Volunteers are also being recruited to support these activities.