About Development Solutions Center
Capacity building for effective NGO/CBO governance: In Ghana, and across Africa, there is limited capacity for indigenous organisations to plan, source funding and effectively implement projects. As a result, most organisations are unable to have consistent funding/support from donors for future/subsequent projects. DSC supports the establishment of local governance structures and builds the capacity of organisations to plan, design and implement projects.
The key focus areas of capacity building are:
Strategic Planning/Program Strategy formulation
Use of Participatory tools and methodologies
Programs and Projects formulation and management
Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other technical manuals
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions provision
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Documentation of Success Stories
General NGO Mentoring
Historically, most communities in Ghana are perpetual and passive recipients of donor largesse irrespective of the level of need and relevance. As a result, there is a plethora of failed projects. DSC has come out with a solution to this problem by facilitating a participatory needs assessment and helping the communities to package and prioritize their needs. Also important is creating job opportunities for people living in rural areas to prevent them from moving into urban areas for “mirage” jobs. The key focus areas for community development are:
Facilitating Participatory Needs Assessment (PNA) for communities;
Establishing and providing support to community resource management committees that will develop community development plans, prioritize projects and manage implementation;
Facilitating the establishment of District Human Development Trust funds;
Developing policy advocacy; and
Harnessing indigenous knowledge.
Agriculture and Food Security:
Chronic rural poverty cannot be isolated from agricultural productivity since majority of the rural poor in Africa are farmers. As a result, DSC is supporting farming community groups to increase production and productivity
The two main foci are:
Sustainable agricultural development
Value addition through food processing and packaging
The low productivity of the rural poor is usually caused by the tenous environmental conditions and inadequate access to healthcare which create daunting conditions in many of Africa’s rural communities. Fully aware and immersed in these issues, DSC is supporting community groups to increase production and productivity via providing education on good hygiene, sanitation and HIV/AIDS, among others.
The main foci are:
Water and sanitation
HIV/AIDS awareness creation and care of people living with AIDS
Health insurance awareness creation
Maternal and Child Health care
Educational development needs of Africa have changed over time. Current needs center around basic education, computer training, small business development, management training, micro financial services, post-conflict counseling and rehabilitation.
Community Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure facilitation and education
Solicit funds to support Prisons’ vocational training of inmates and support for ex-convicts to facilitate easy rehabilitation and reintegration into society
Business Development Services provision to Small & Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs)
Vocational and entrepreneurial skills development
Micro-credit and Micro-financing
Adult numeracy training
Functional literacy training
“Sandwich” educational programs for selected entities like “herdboys” during their cow-watering breaks, etc.
Business Development Services:
Although Africa abounds with people of high intellect and is resource rich, we have failed to cater for our basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. DSC believes that at the core of this predicament is our inability to critically plan, prioritize and utilize the abundant resources at our disposal. To help transform the lives of rural Africans, we are gearing up to support rural SMEs to become the engine of growth. The business support services on offer include the following:
Systematic Product Development to take advantage of local and global markets.
Value addition to primary commodities through processing and appropriate packaging.
Market Development for SMEs to help poor people survive and thrive in local and global markets. This involves the introduction of appropriately designed market development initiatives to help micro, small and medium enterprises, and small–scale farmers (SMEs) to benefit from participation in local and global economies thereby increasing sales, reducing costs and creating employment and income for poor people in Africa.
Business Finance Consulting to help businesses obtain the most suitable type of finance. Our links to a variety of funding sources enable us to help SMEs access different types of funds such as leasing, asset based or revolving loans, other types of funding for growth, refinancing or for any other business purposes.
Development Management Services to help Ghana and international agencies. Our staff and associates' extensive experience and expertise is put to work in project, policy or program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. We work with our clients as partners for a better world.
Management and Business Consulting to support small businesses in governance, human resource management and knowledge management so that SMEs can remain strong and succeed in good and bad times.