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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Education from the University of Education Winneba. Before joining RISE Victoria worked as a radio presenter. She is very passionate about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the priorities of Agenda 2030. Because she has been very much engaged in child development, she is responsible for Maternal Health and Child Protection Programmes at RISE.
Ellen is managing the Enough! project at RISE-Ghana that aims to strengthen women's groups and communities to challenge harmful gender norms ending violence and discrimination against women and girls. After graduating from Cape Coast University with a Bachelor degree of Education (French and English), Ellen worked at the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) before joining our team.
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.
Samera Issah holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and has been with RISE for the last year crunching the numbers to ensure the encompassing success of our projects. She is passionate about impacting the lives of others positively and changing narratives. Before she joined RISE, she worked in data sanitization at the Bank of Africa.
Fatawu holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and has been working as Project Officer at RISE for over a year now. He is passionate about field implementation of project activities and evaluating their actual outcome. Fatawu’s motivation to educate others and to advocate for women’s rights comes from the desire to making a real difference in people’s lives. Earlier he has led youth-driven associations geared towards bringing change in their communities and broader society.
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.