The SIF is mandated to contribute significantly to reducing rural and urban poverty in Ghana through the provision of targeted assistance to poor/deprived communities in Ghana in partnership with Community Based Organizations(CBOs), Local Government Authorities, Civil Society and Development Partners using a gender-sensitive, flexible, participatory, demand driven and sustainable process in the under-listed areas:
:: Social and Economic Infrastructure and Services
:: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs) Development and Management
:: Capacity Building and Institutional Development
:: Project Management
:: Consultancy Services
SIF provides support to communities through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). Criteria for Selecting MMDAs for SIF Interventions include:
:: i. The use of poverty index.
:: ii. Existence of major poverty enclaves as identified in poverty maps.
:: iii. Commitment of District Assembly towards project implementation and its willingness to contribute to sustaining achievements of the intervention.
:: iv. High level of unemployment.
:: v. Minimal income generating activities.
:: vi. Availability of Business/Development Plan.
:: vii. High cost of alternative interventions.
:: viii. Existence of potential resources for implementation of interventions.
:: ix. On-going and or existing initiatives addressing rural/peri-urban poverty and potential areas for complementarities with these initiatives.
:: x. Minimal donors’ interventions in the community.
SIF has simple, but thorough and transparent steps to be followed to obtain support for poverty interventions.
ALL ON BOARD
The whole community must be actively involved in all stages of the implementation of the intervention, that is:
:: Monitoring and Evaluation;
:: Sharing benefits; and
:: Ensuring sustainability of interventions.
ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED
No one will select an intervention for a community. The community must meet and select for themselves interventions that will serve their most pressing need as well as benefit all or majority of the community. The community can then seek SIF support for the implementation of the selected interventions through the District Assembly.
BY US AND FOR US
To ensure an organized approach to the planning, implementation and management of interventions, the whole community or a Community- Based Organization (CBO) plans and develops interventions. When the intervention is accepted, SIF support is given to the community through an intervention management committee comprising of people selected by the community and representatives of the CBO.
BE EQUIPPED FOR THE TASK
The community should take advantage of training provided by SIF for various entities in the community such as MMDAs, CBOs, small scale financial institutions to enable them undertake the tasks and facilitate the poverty reduction efforts in the community.
BE READY TO ACT PROMPTLY
The fund will only provide support for interventions that can start as soon as funding is provided. Interventions likely to be delayed by issues such as land acquisition, among others, will not be supported.
A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP
SIF requires communities to request simple interventions which can easily be implemented. The whole community must be;
:: involved in the selection of interventions.
:: aware of and have a say in how the funds are used.
It is important to establish a sense of ownership of the intervention among the community. Therefore, all shades of opinion from women, men, handicapped, young and old should be heard. The Community has to contribute resources such as land, labor and materials, among others, to the implementation of interventions.
Long-lasting Benefits (Sustainability of Interventions)
The community has to show evidence that the intervention will be maintained and sustained.
A UNIQUE APPROACH
Participatory Impact Monitoring and Evaluation System (PIMES). SIF has evolved a unique implementation strategy known as Participatory Impact Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (PIMES). This system ensures that the very structure and development of SIF is shaped and informed by the realities in the communities SIF is working with.