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GSR Special Series #1: A Tale of Two Cedis Part Four - Goals


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As you may remember from our last episode, the two cedi’s (cedi is the currency in Ghana, pronounced “cee-dee”) had just been saved by their friend , the 10 pesewa coin, from a fruitless search for adventure and treasure all over the world. Rather than going off to China, never to return, or jumping into one of the numerous development projects funded by one of many IGOs , the 10 pesewa coin was urging them to stay right in their village and build their own economy.

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GSR Special Series #1: A Tale of Two Cedis Part Four - Goals

  1. 1. GSR Blog Special Series #1: A Tale of Two CedisPart Four – Cedi Boy! Keep Your Eyes on the Goal!As you may remember from our last episode, thetwo cedi’s (cedi is the currency in Ghana,pronounced “cee-dee”) had just been saved by theirfriend , the 10 pesewa coin,from a fruitless search foradventure and treasure allover the world. Rather thangoing off to China, never toreturn, or jumping into one ofthe numerous developmentprojects funded by one ofmany IGOs , the 10 pesewacoin was urging them to stayright in their village and build their own economy.The two cedis were excited by this wonderfulidea. It seemed almost too good to be true. Theybegan jumping up and down in Lili’s pocket. Butafter a moment’s reflection, they stopped. It istrue they were through with being gloomy, butthere was still a lot to learn! They wanted to knoweverything! Right now! “Come on,” they imploredtheir friend the 10 pesewa coin. “We are ready tojump into action right now, but…”“But what?” smiled the coin.“But, blurted out one of the cedis, “we want to be sure that our action will be effective.”“Yeah’” chimed in the other cedi. “What’s the use of running around if we don’t know wherewe are going? This village empowerment is the bomb, but we have seen lots of
  2. 2. development projects that looked good on paper in some office in New York or London, butdidn’t take on the ground reality into consideration.”The first cedi very heatedly added, “Yeah. Sometimes, despite the lack of success, we seeglowing reports listing all the supposed successes. How do we measure success in ourvillage empowerment programs?”The 10 pesewa coin smiled roundly. “Ummmm. Very nice question! It shows you areserious. Your question is about setting goals. Without practical and relevant goals, how canwe measure success? OK. Here is how we shall measure success in our villageempowerment program.1. Ensure full employment2. Maximize effectiveness of funds by building strong local partnerships3. Strengthen social and economic safety nets4. Maximize agro capacity and productivity5. Maximize value added component of local economy”“Hmmm,” said one cedi. “Do you really think we can get full employment?”“Why not? The village corporation makes a profit from the first season, so the more peopleare working, the more profit they make.”“And what do you mean by local partnerships?”“This is made possible through the community corporation ensures a fair market price andaccess to market for all members. Corporate officers are village members and represent theinterests of their community. They negotiate price with the community corporation for allproducts. This ensures local buy in and enthusiastic participation.”“Well then, how do these safety nets work?”“The producer’s community corporationassumes the farmers’ risk by guaranteeingthe purchase of their entire harvest at fairmarket prices.“And how does the community corporationincrease productivity without losing fullemployment?”
  3. 3. “By teaching organic farming best practices (such as multi-cropping , crop rotation,homemade fertilizer production, irrigation, ox team technology, etc.) This makes itpossible for farmers to increase their harvest up to 20 times.”