Achievements

Some of our modest achievements are:

  • The ADVOCATE– a monthly development-oriented newspaper that brings to the notice of policy and decision-makers, the plight and potential of deprived communities, the poor, marginalized and vulnerable and advocates for change in their interest.

Through The ADVOCATE, RUMNET has:

  • advocated for the rights of the poor and marginalised and obtained justice for them in land cases;
  • encouraged women to participate in elections; and
  • been successfully involved in the demand for equity in the allocation of funds from the central government to district assemblies in northern Ghana and the creation of additional District Assemblies in the Northern Region.
  • Radio AMANA- a weekly radio magazine programme targeted at non-literate communities in particular and the public generally. It educated and informed communities and enabled them to freely express their views, opinions and desires for the attention and action of the authorities. It discussed issues on education, health, agriculture, rural enterprise, environment, governance, peace and gender equity. Programmes were produced in RUMNET’s cutting edge radio production studio.
  • CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- Worked with other development and civil society organizations to mobilize communities against domestic violence. The campaign created awareness of domestic violence and carried out a behaviour change communication programme that dissuaded men and women from using violence to resolve their differences. This led to the reduction of cases reported to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service in the Tamale Metropolis.
  • CITIZENS ENGAGEMENT IN SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY- Enabled 20 communities in the Savelugu-Nanton District to acquire the confidence to hold duty bearers and government service providers accountable and demand action on community concerns, rights and entitlements. “We now know that we have the right to participate in taking decisions on issues that affect our communities so far as government is concerned. We thought once a project was a government one, we had no say in it,” was the refrain from several communities after RUMNET’s social accountability project. The communities engaged in the monitoring and evaluation of the provision of services and implementation of programmes and policies concerning quality education and the national health insurance scheme at the District level.
  • CAPACITY BUILDING OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS: We have, through workshops, imparted media engagement, lobbying, public speaking and community mobilisation skills to 54 Assembly members of the Savelugu-Nanton District. The training enabled them to contribute effectively at assembly meetings and present the demands of their electorates appropriately. RUMNET develop a manual on Community Mobilisation for Assembly members. “Indeed until RUMNET came along with this training, most of us attended meetings without really being able to make our representations quite well. But now we consult our electorates, obtain their views and articulate our cases effectively at meetings and through lobbying.”– Assembly member
  • COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE- Complemented the local government systems at the district and sub-district levels with innovative interventions.  These promoted citizens’ rights to participate in decisions that affect their lives at the local government level, and enabled local government officials to open up to the citizens more frequently.
  • ENERGY CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN: RUMNET successfully carried out a behaviour change communication campaign on energy conservation in 60 communities in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions in 2002 for the Traditional Energy Unit (TEU) of the Savannah Resources Management Programme (SRMP). The campaign influenced women to use energy-conserving stoves and cooking methods that reduced the use of wood fuel to save the forests.
  • CAMPAIGN ON BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION: RUMNET carried out another behaviour change communication campaign on biodiversity conservation in 75 communities in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions in 2007 for the Savannah Biodiversity Conservation Project (NSBCP). RUMNET trained 12 community-based­­-organisations to deliver the messages in the targeted communities.
  • CAPACITY BUILDING OF MEDIA PERSONNEL: Since 2000, RUMNET has organized capacity building workshops/training for media personnel in the three Northern Regions on the following themes:
    • Civic Journalism and Reporting: Key in Promoting Participation in Governance and Development.
    • The News Media Working With Conflict in Northern Ghana.
    • Environmental Reporting for Journalists
  • PEACE BUILDING: RUMNET has, in no small measure, contributed to peace building and conflict transformation in northern Ghana. The organisation on its own gathered the information that led to the formation of the Bawku Peace Initiative (BPI), which broaches harmonious coexistence between the Mamprusis and Kusasis in Bawku in the Upper East Region. RUMNET was also instrumental in the formation of the Ghana Network for Peace Building (GHANEP), a network of NGOs working for peace in Ghana. RUMNET’s forte in peace building is early warning, advocacy, and media training.
  • MATERNAL HEALTH AWARENESS AND EDUCATION PROJECT: This project provided women and their families in 5 communities in the Savelugu-Nanton district of the Northern Region, in 2008, with information and education on signs of pregnancy complications, on birth spacing, timing and limiting for nutrition and health, and on improving the nutritional status of pregnant women to prevent low birth weight and other problems. The project also created awareness and educated expectant women on the direct causes of maternal deaths like haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and complications of unsafe abortion and others.
  • ADVOCACY AGAINST BETROTHAL AND CHILD MARRIAGE: The project was implemented in the Saboba district in 2009. It contributed to the reduction of the incidence and prevalence of child and forced marriages in 10 communities in the Saboba distrct, by motivating parents and guardians to send their daughters to school and delay marriage till the age of majority. The practice is still going on though.
  • CLTS project: The CLTS project was in collaboration with the defunct Northern Region Small Towns Water and Sanitation (NORST) in 2012. The project facilitated 10 communities in the Karaga and North Nanumba districts to achieve open defecation free status, by building latrines and ensuring all families wash their hands with soap. RUMNET handled the behavior change communication component. Some critical areas of intervention encouraged proper health and hygiene practices related to water supply and sanitation. These themes included: personal health and hygiene, water borne illnesses and disease prevention, water protection and handling, food preparation and handling, waste disposal and sanitation, with a cross-cutting theme of social inclusion and gender equality.
  • SEXUALITY EDUCATION AND FAMILY PLANNING: The project was implemented in six communities in the North Gonja district of the Northern Region in 2013. It increased the adolescents’ access to sexuality education and information on the essence of family planning and the importance of contraceptives. It promoted the prevention of unintended pregnancy through contraception and comprehensive sexuality education. This project also addressed the relatively low use of Family Planning method because of cultural, religious, psychological and economic factors.

RUMNET has, over the years organised eight training workshops for journalists in northern Ghana in:

  • Using Radio to Promote Political Tolerance and Peace building in the Northern Region.
  • The Role of the Media in Ensuring a Free, Fair and Peaceful Election 2008
  • The Role of the Media in Mobilizing Action for Development.
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