Having a Voice, Standing their Ground

Thanks to the knowledge and training gained through WUSC’s project in Ghana, citizens from the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District of Nkatieso halted an illegal mining operation attempting to set up in the area.

In 2012, WUSC organized training on the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) with the District Assembly and community leaders (31 males and 14 females). Ghana is a member of this global initiative, which outlines the roles and responsibilities of mining companies, government and community members. WUSC and our local partners were able to facilitate a training workshop in the BAB District for the first time.

The training came at just the right moment. Soon after, a company came into the district and tried to set up an illegal mining operation. Community members, using information they gained from the EITI training, stood their ground and asked for the operating license. The company, realizing they were dealing with an informed and organized community, ceased their attempts to set up these illegal operations.

With WUSC’s project in Ghana, we will continue to help strengthen the ability of citizens, local governments and companies to identify the needs and priorities of local communities and to ensure that those needs are met.

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