Community Life Improvement Programme

Trekant Background

In 1996 Ghanaian Danish Community Association (GDCA) took initiative to start the Community Life Improvement Programme (CLIP). CLIP was originally created to support School for Life, to ease to work of women and children in a bid to entice parents to send their children to School for Life (SfL) classes.

Until the preparation for CLIP phase II, Ghana Venskabsgrupperne i Danmark (GV) had not formally been involved in CLIP's activities. However a group of GV members had been following its progress. Several GV members had visited the CLIP. In the Phase II, GV and GDCA are formal partners.

CLIP operates in the Yendi and Gusheigu-Karaga districts in Ghana's Northern Region.

CLIP is a Ghanaian NGO managed by a Board. The Board is composed of representatives from the two districts and stakeholders in development programmes and activities. The Board acts as a partner to the Danish CLIP Committee under GV.

Though, the District Assemblies are the programmes major development partner, it also work closely with other NGO's in programme related areas.

Trekant Phase I (1997-2002)

CLIP started in 1997 as a two-year pilot project financed through the Royal Danish Embassy in Accra. The phase formally ended in 1999, but was under a bridging arrangement, also financed through the Royal Danish Embassy in Accra until the second Phase started in June 2002. CLIP Phase I worked within three main sectors:

Provision of potable water
The programme provided potable water to beneficiary communities with the construction of wells and boreholes fitted with hand pumps. Some members of the communities were also taught how to repair the pumps.

Micro credit loans
Women groups have been given loans to buy raw material to produce products at home or goods which vary in price according to the season. The loans had to be repaid within a year.

Food Security
Eight silos have been constructed in villages in the two districts for the storage of foodstuff during harvesting when the prices are low to resold or consumed during the lean season when prices are high. The farmers are encouraged not to sell their produce immediately after harvest. The programme advances the farmers some money during the harvest and they repay when they sell during the lean season.

Trekant Phase II (2002-2005)

The second phase of CLIP funded by DANIDA runs over a period of three and a half year, beginning on June 1st 2002. The phase II is working within two main sectors, which includes the activities from phase I, and a range of new educational and learning elements.

Provision of potable water, hygiene and sanitation
Hand-dug wells fitted with handpumps will be constructed in selected communities in the two districts and if it becomes necessary, damaged old boreholes will be rehabilitated. Together with the construction of a water facility, Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Committees will be formed, and educated in water related health issues and hygiene. Sanitation, waste disposal and environmental cleanliness will be promoted but not constructed.

Micro-credit loans
The loans programmes will continue as in phase I, but as a new activity in phase II, men and women will have the opportunity to receive loans for ploughs or bullocks. In connection with the loans activities, the groups will be educated in income generating activities and advocacy, to enable them to continue with their activities, when CLIP finally pulls out of the community.

In phase II the food security activities is under the Micro-credit sector. No further silos will be build, instead CLIP will work towards securing the sustainability of the present activities.

Trekant CLIPs Target Groups

The primary target group is the rural poor and vulnerable of the two districts. Approximately half of the direct project participants will be people who can be characterised as extremely poor and/vulnerable. At least a quarter of them will be relatively young people (below 30 years of age) as youth is generally in an inferior position in North Ghanaian local communities and there is a need for empowerment of this group both financially and socially.
The secondary target group is the local "agents of change", including opinion leaders and development entrepreneurs, who can act as catalysers for a positive development of their community.
At district and regional levels, CLIP shall, through cooperation and coordination, contribute to capacity building of the persons, institutions and organisations that play a central role in the development of the two districts.
1350 persons, hereof approximately 900 being women, will benefit directly from the programme, and it is estimated, that approximately 34.000 will benefit indirectly from the programme.

Trekant CLIP student trainee programme

IIn the second phase CLIP, funds are provided for a student trainee programme. A limited number of university students from Ghana and Denmark can be given a grant to undertake designated tasks, which can contribute to the quality development and the impact measuring of CLIP. The students would receive approximately 2000 DKK for each month of fieldwork. For 2003 the funds for student trainees is 12.000 DKK and for the following years the funds are 25.000 DKK for each year. Due to the limited funds, there is a sealing of how many students, who can participate each year.

The tasks undertaken by the student trainees shall first and foremost be in line with the need of CLIP. However, some compromises can be made to adjust the task to the student's curriculum.

The students can choose to do a project directly related to CLIP activities or do an independent project. The independent project though, shall be in the same geographical area where CLIP operates and within the same sectors (water, hygiene and sanitation, micro-credit and food security) or within related areas, such as: empowerment of women and local communities, advocacy and capacity-building.

The student trainees will spend some time in the programme, and they will get acquainted with the friendship idea through the programme. Through their personal accounts and their papers for university they will spread knowledge about CLIP.

GV and CLIP can be contacted for further information and will be helpful with practical information and guidance. For technical and theoretical supervision the students are referred to their individual universities.

For further information on the CLIP student trainee programme, please contact:

Klaus Bäckström Nielsen (CLIP-Committee Denmark):

Rikke Pedersen (Liaison Coordinator, CLIP, Ghana):

Project proposals in English can be addressed to:

Ghana Venskabsgrupperne
Klosterport 4E, 4.
8000 Århus C 86 19 15 22

The CLIP-Committee of GV will in corporation with CLIP Ghana go through the project proposals in the order they are received, and determine, who will receive the grants.

There is no deadline for application.

Last updated 26/9-2005

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The CLIP silo in Sambu in the Yendi district.