May 2013

Mrs Joanna Adamson, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana yesterday received seven new volunteers, who would undertake development assignments in Ghana.


The volunteers would help enhance the capacity of Ghanaian Institutions in Food security and Agriculture, Mineral resource governance, Community engagement, humanitarian assistance, and gender and disability.

The High Commissioner said the volunteers were professionals trained in different fields to help improve the capacity of the host organisations through skills transfer and knowledge exchange.

The Australian Government Aid programme has been running since May 2010 and it enables volunteers to work with both Government and Civil Society organisations on short and long term assignments for up to twelve months.

Karen Hill, Regional Director, Austraining International said the selection of volunteers was based on experience and interest to provide support in Food security and Agriculture, Mining and developing local entrepreneurs in food production, transport and infrastructure as well as the theatre

Mr Michael Burnside, a volunteer in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said he had the opportunity to work with the United Nations office in Ghana on issues of food security and climate change.

He said the focus of the UN office was on Food security in the three Northern regions due to lack of access, transport and infrastructure, hence the support for farmers in the construction of dams, building of irrigation systems and the provision of food to people living with HIV and the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

Ms Karen Gordon, another volunteer, said her outfit had been working with women in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West region, introducing them to business management and providing advisory services to protect their local trade in shea butter.  

The Australian Government, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), supports two volunteer programmes in Ghana. These are the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYADS) and the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).

The programmes provide a flexible way of responding to development needs of Ghanaians through mobilisation of professionals and young volunteers on short and long term assignments.
Source: GNA