Who We Are

RISE-Ghana, Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment, is a a local Ghanaian Human Rights and Sustainable Development NGO registered in 2011 by a group of young people concerned about widespread poverty and inequality in Northern Ghana and the limited application of rights-based approaches in development programs.

They sought to promote human dignity and sustainable development through rights-based approaches in all development interventions. Over the years, the organization has grown into a reputable go-to local NGO for state and non-state actors, international donors, multilateral organizations and media seeking to advance their mandates in the sphere of human rights, health, disability, governance and visibility of their programs.


Why should you choose us?


A world in which Human Rights and Sustainable Development informs all actions to empower people to live in Dignity.


To facilitate and initiate programs that empower poor people’s movements to access and utilize the social, human and natural resources they need in a sustainable and timely manner to become self-reliant.


Accountability, Equal Opportunities & Diversity, Mutual Respect, Inclusion, Equity & Justice.

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RISE-Ghana is duly registered with the Registrar General Department and the Department of Social Development as a National NGO and with various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies as well as Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies where it is operational.

The organization has in place systems and procedures to ensure compliance with statutory obligations, program quality, value for money, and donor visibility. The Board of Advisors (BoD) made up of seasoned professionals and constituents (women, youth, PWDs) provide oversight and accountability to the Management Team led by the Executive Director and a team of 7 dedicated staff members who ensure daily operations.

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Our Team

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Awal Ahmed Kariama, Executive Director

Awal is a thought leader and a development practitioner with over 16 years experience in the areas of Rural and Sustainable Development, Women Empowerment, Health, Governance, Project Management, Fundraising and Partnerships. He is an Alumnus of several international education and training programs such the US Dept. of State International Visitor Leadership Program, the DANIDA Fellowship and Global Human Rights Training from the European Anti-Poverty Network. He loves to travel, network and mentor young people.

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Jaw-haratu Amadu, Head of programs

For many years Jaw-haratu has been an activist for Gender Equality, Women Empowerment and Children's Protection with great expertise in Project Management, Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation. At RISE she is overseeing the organization's project implementation and conducts a variety of workshops mainly on gender-related topics. Jaw-haratu has a talent for multi-tasking and will have an answer to every question that comes up - always.

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Issahaku Yakubu, Finance officer

Issahaku hold a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting. He has great experience in supervising and ensuring compliance to financial procedures and accounting principles. Even though he is a person dealing mainly with numbers on a daily basis he enjoys team work and achieving success jointly. 

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Alhassan Abdul Razak Bawa,
Project Officer

Razak holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Community Development and has over 5 years of working experience related to community development planning, community mobilization and engagement, monitoring and evaluation. As project officer at RISE he is currently responsible for the Preventing Extremism and Conflict in Educational Institutions and Schools (PEACE in schools) project which is why his areas of interest and advocacy include child and social protection, gender and women empowerment, good governance and human security.

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Lucynda Suuk,
Project Officer

For the last two years Lucy has been responsible for RISE's micro-finance projects promoting small women's businesses through loans. She holds a diploma of commerce and business studies and strives to enable a supporting environment where everyone can grow. Before joining RISE, Lucy gained vast work experience at the Maata-N-Tudu Association mobilizing women's groups empowering them economically.