Ghanaian Danish Communities Association (GDCA) was established in 1986 in connection with the first Danida grant to GDCP and it has since been involved in the implementation of GDCP in corporation with GV and it was one of the originators of SfL. CLIP was an initiative of GDCA in 1997 and GDCA implemented CLIP on its own in the pilot phase.  The latest project is the CBO network project, which came about as a new development paradigm considered by GV and GDCA to move from service delivery towards Rights Based Approaches to development.   


In 2000 GDCA and GV embarked on an Organisational Development process to establish a more transparent organisation, identifying the different programmes separated from GDCA as an organisation. This led to the creation of the Central Secretariat responsible for the general coordination among the programmes and support to the board among other things.  

GDCA holds a General Annual Meeting (AGM) with representatives of the various groups from the programmes. The overall governing body, the steering committee, is elected at the AGM every two years. Separate governing bodies are appointed for each programme.

Vision of GDCA

A society free of inequities, ignorance, illiteracy and poverty and in which people live in peace and harmony with each other and the environment

Misson statement

GDCA promotes economic and social development in the Northern Region of Ghana; and works through subsidiary companies and in association with governemnt departments, donor agencies and NGO's to co-ordinate development programmes and projects initiated by communities in northern Ghana generally.  

Cooperation partners

Outside the cooperation with its Danish counterparts, GDCA has cooperated with the EU, UNICEF and the Government of Ghana (GoG). The EU has supported GDCA in the training and resettlement of young girls to stop the drift from the North to the South of Ghana. UNICEF has supported GDCA to carry out a credit-with-education project to improve household food security. The Ghana Government supported GDCA to provide micro credit in seven districts in the region under the Emergency Social Relief Programme (ESRP)