World economy on the rising. Recent prospect in numbers.

Voluntary Aid Africa - Internship and volunteer work in Northern Ghana.Recent numbers have indicated that the world economy growth rate is estimated to about  2.8 per cent in 2014 and 3.2 per cent in 2015. The trend is somewhat different in different regions and in Africa as a whole the numbers are 4.2 per cent for 2014, and expected to be about 5.1 per cent in 2015. In West Africa alone the same numbers are estimated to about 7.0 and 7.1 per cent respectively. Read the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014: mid-2014 >>

 

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Ghana plays in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil !

As the only African team to escape their qualification group – Ghana is about to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, taking place in just a few days! The first match for the Ghanian soccer team is against the USA on the 16th of june, at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil!

Volunteer work and internship opportunities in Northern Ghana!

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Check out the programme overview at our webpage for more information about volunteer work and internship opportunities in Northern Ghana!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

Read up on Ghana before your volunteer work!

To get the full potential out of your internship or volunteer work in Ghana it’s helpful to read up on some history and general knowledge regarding the local culture and traditions.

As far as general travel and country information goes, there are several publications in English that offers insightful tips about where to go, what to see, when and how. The Bradt Travel Guide by Philip Briggs is one example that we can recommend.

Dagombas are the largest “tribal group” in the Northern region, and when it comes to local culture and traditions several books have been written on the theme. One of the more sited works is The Lions of Dagbon: Political Change in Northern Ghana, which was written by Martin Staniland as early as 1975. Also Christine Oppong’s pice Growing up in Dagbon is a well renowned publication about Dagomba cultural and traditions.

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The Bradt Travel Guide

Volunteer work in Ghana

Growing up in Dagbon

Volunteer work in Ghana

The Lions of Dagbon

For more information and suggestions about Ghana literature, see the Goodreads section on the right, or visit our Goodreads profile online >>

Dagomba dancing and drumming

Dagomba Dancing Drumming

Dagomba Drumming and Dancing

The history of Dagomba’s are to a large part narrated through the practice of drumming and dancing. Apart from that – taking part in or witnessing a Dagbamba dancing and drumming performance  is really an entraining and uplifting experience. At Voluntary Aid Africa we have good established contacts with professional Drummers, and can offer good opportunities for anyone interested to learn and participate in this cultural practice. There are also several online resources to learn more about the tradition. For example:

N’Banga Cultural Group >>

Dagomba Dance and Drumming >>

Drums of the Dagbon >>

 

10% of Ghana’s energy production from renewable sources by 2020

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Girls in front of solar panels.

As the first developing country to engage with Sustainable Energy for All, Ghana is developing a national action plan to increase its renewable energy capacity and extend reliable energy access to all of its citizens. By 2020 Ghana’s goal is to generate 10 % of the countries energy production from renewable sources. 

Today Ghana relies on hydropower, and since 2000 the residential electricity demand has increased by 61 %. Partially due to the country’s rapid urbanisation trend, economic growth  and shift in status from being a low income – to a middle income country. Moving away from hydropower towards new renewable sources are thus suggested by some to be a solution for an increased demand. Vibe Ghana.

Learn more about SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL >>

Shea – A Ghana industry

Shea Nuts is an industry in Ghana.

Shea Nuts is an industry in Ghana.

Shea nut processing is an important and relatively large sector within the northern regions of Ghana. Last week the minister of Trade an Industry announced that the Government is to spend about 5 million Ghana Cedis to boost the industry further. An initiative that is expected to support and develop the industry by constructing new processing plants and train more women.

Read more at Modern Ghana >>

On the theme of Happiness :)

The UNDP (United Nations Development Program) has published a report about the happiest countries in the world (World Happiness Report, 2013). Ghana ranked number 86 out of 156. If the evaluation would have been in terms of smiles – Ghana probably would have made number one, but parameters such as healthy life expectancy and perception of corruption were also taken into account.

Read the full article on The Huffington Post >>

African (Ghanian) architecture

Traditional Dagomba house.

Traditional Dagomba house.

African adobe architecture, and especially in the area around northern Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali, is well known for its remarkable shapes, forms and ornaments. There are all kinds, ranging from The Great Mud Mosque in Djenné, to the stunning paintwork aplied on family-houses in Sirigu. Every tribal group have their own particular way of constructing houses, and in Tamale you will find the typical Dagomba houses both in the central parts of town as well as outside in the local communites. The houses are traditionally build in mud, with a rounded grass roof, and detailed decorations around the entrance.

Check out these other beauties at Pinterest >>

Ghana textiles – a winning concept!

Colourful Ghana textiles.

Colourful Ghana textiles.

Dresses by Ghanian fashion designer Kofi Ansah.

Dresses by Ghanian fashion designer Kofi Ansah.

The winner of episode 4 in the BBS interior-design show The Great Interior Design Challenge used colourful textiles from Ghana in his decor. The Ghanian textile industry is well know all over the world for its remarkable patterns and color compositions.

One of the formost representatives and ambassadors for Ghanian textiles, the renowned designer Kofi Ansah, has created multiple pieces using local fabrics. His work has amazed thousands and some of his lines have been showed at Tigo Glitz African Fashion Week, and sold abroad in London and the US. Today the sad news was released that Mr Kofi Ansah has passed away at the age of 62. 

The reputation and interest for Ghana textiles will most likely continue to blossom world wide, but the local industry is meeting tuff competition from cheap imports, and is currently employing fewer workers than before.

Read more about these challenges >>

Or check out these gorgeous Woodin prints at Pinterest >>