UCSOND facilitates community advocacy for compensation on community properties and livelihoods affected by oil & gas production; enforcement of land-use plans in the coastal districts; and quality service delivery by service providers. UCSOND also fosters engagement across local media, community members, district/regional and national stakeholders: links member groups to capacity building in small business development, and reduces apathy by promoting active and effective citizens’ participation in local governance especially women, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and other vulnerable groups.
Our operations are in the following thematic areas: natural resource governance, local governance, basic social services and economic empowerment.
NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE (OIL & GAS)
Oil and gas production has brought several challenges to the communities along the coastal districts of the Western of Ghana. These coastal communities have been affected directly in terms of intense oil and gas exploration by rigs, interference with indigenous fishing activities, and proliferation of FPSOs off the shores of the coast. Oil and gas installations onshore are fiercely competing with agricultural lands. The influx of people into the area has led to rising cost of living and increased pressure on the limited social amenities.
As far as Governance is concerned, UCSOND has done a lot and intends to consolidate its success in this thematic area by harvesting lessons and good practices to facilitate the institutionalization of platforms and mechanisms to deepen the good practices by local government authorities to work together with citizens including traditional leaders
BASIC SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY
UCSOND focuses on the following social services – Education, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. These issues represent constant, recurring challenges to local communities. Inadequate health, water, and toilet facilities; improper disposal of waste materials; and poor teaching and learning facilities affect the quality of lives of residents in the Western Region. Currently there are few NGOs that focus on these issues in the six coastal districts.
The strength and survival of UCSOND depends on its member-groups, many of which are small businesses and trade groups. UCSOND’s survival and sustainability is dependent on the economic strength of its membership. There is the need for UCSOND to facilitate the development of an enabling environment for small businesses to thrive within the current context.