With specialty in Policy research and advocacy focusing on pro-poor policy and development programme monitoring in Ghana and Service delivery through the promotion of livelihoods security.
Between 2001 and 2004 SEND GHANA implemented a service delivery and national policy advocacy programme, which began with a food security project in partnership with the Canadian Cooperative Association (CCA) and Canadian Department of International Development (CDID). Parallel to its economic development programme; SEND implemented a community-based approach to peace building and conflict management.
In 2002, the organisation took a strategic decision and started the implementation of its flagship research and advocacy programme known as the Ghana (Highly Indebted Poor Country) HIPC Watch project. The purpose of the HIPC project was to demand transparency, equity and accountability in the use of resources that the government of Ghana accessed as a result of reaching the decision point of the HIPCs’ initiative.
The successful implementation of the project later culminated into the development of SEND GHANA’s celebrated flagship programme known as the Grassroots Economic Literacy and Advocacy Programme (GELAP). By the end of 2004, SEND had become one of the most established advocacy organizations in Ghana, with civil society partners in 25 of the poorest districts of Ghana. GELAP, which was established, to foster and deepen the institutionalization of civil society-government engagement at district, regional and national levels is currently operational in 62 districts in five regions (Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Western regions) in Ghana.
In addition to this, the organisation is also working, through a loose network with local organisations, in two other regions including Ashanti and Eastern regions.The main constituents of SEND GHANA include socially excluded and marginalized groups such as women, persons with disability, smallholder farmers and in general poor people.
An innovative framework, known as the Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Framework which has four key components including; policy education, participatory research, policy engagement and policy responsiveness phases was developed as the tool for public policy advocacy.At the core of the monitoring activities of SEND is the application of what is referred to as the Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Network (PM&E)) framework used to monitor public expenditure in the health, education, and sectors among others.