ASUTIFI GRADUATES AND STUDENTS' UNION(AGSU)

  




BACKGROUND

The Asutifi Graduates and Students’ Union(AGSU) is a Network of Graduates Associations,  Students Associations, Youth Associations and Young Women Associations and  Affiliate Organisations in Asutifi North and South District in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. The network was formed in August, 2009 following the need for community based organizations involving graduates, youth, students and women associations to form a common network to engage stakeholders on issues affecting their communities particularly the children and youth.AGSU is a member of Network of Ahafo Youth Associations(NAYAS) and Network of African Youths for Development(NAYD).

The main objective of developing a district youth and students network was to coordinate and forge a stronger voice of community based organisations to effectively influence the management and sustainability of human resources development, natural resources development and socio-economic development.

The network which has a 7-member steering committee and a Coordinator undertakes the following activities:

a. Consensus Building : Organizing a District conference on education and youth development to harmonize the various positions of civil society.

b. Research: Solid, forward-looking research on issues of concern (governance, human  rights, environment, Gender etc.) in the District to provide  platform for informed public debates and advocacy.

c. Policy advocacy and Inputs: Organizing an interface with stakeholders (government, companies, donor agencies, etc) to make inputs to ongoing plan of actions in the District that affect the general health and totality of children, youth and women.

d. Information Sharing: Setting up mechanism for ongoing sharing and dissemination of information on development relating to oil and gas.

e. Campaigns: Engaging communities about management of Resources, the environment and Human Resources development and taking their views to stakeholders.

f. Publications: Publishing recommendations and policy positions of the Network through mass media.

Since its formation, the Network has been engaged on critical development issues particularly regarding development vulnerable youth and women by stakeholders.

The main achievement so far include the successful consultation on sustainable development ,advocacy on transparency ,consultations on community development and human resource development management proposals  and the publication of analysis of proposals for educating members and the general public.

The Network is already working with both local and international partners including African Women in Development, Clean up the World, African Library Project and National Youth Authority(NYA), National Service Secretariat, Asutifi District Assemblies, Ghana Education Service , District Health Centre and other Secondary Schools in the District.

The current supporters of the network which include Humanlink Management Institute, Global Alliance for Development Foundation and National Youth Authority have been consulting with the leadership of the network on issues of common voice and coalition building, human Resource development, sustainable community development and the development of appropriate mechanism for sustainable development ,youth empowerment, environment protection , children and gender Initiatives among others.

In the next decade, Children, Women, and Youth in the communities will be faced with issues alarming diseases including Malaria, HIV/AIDs, and Cholera etc, emerging social vices and rampant child labour and trafficking and teenage pregnancy due to the illegal mining activities called “Galamsey”. These require institution of education and health platforms, establishment of women and youth empowerment centres and fund mobilization for the support of children particularly the girl-child in education and health matters.

The districts will also be faced with issues of translating the revenue from mines into lasting benefits for its citizens. These requires budgetary decisions based on alternative mining revenue allocation options, value for money, environmental sustainability, social development and the implementation of comprehensive local content policy.

OUR VISION

To see Asutifi as a model where available resources have been effectively used as a catalyst for poverty reduction, vulnerable restoration, wealth creation, and sustainable development of the people.

OUR MISSION

A Community-led and inclusive graduates, students, youth and young women network existing to empower its people and provide a high quality representative membership and voluntary services to enhance sustainable developments of communities and effective management of resources.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

1. To champion social, economic and environmental issues

2. To develop the capacity of CBOs and communities to engage policy formulation and

    implementation.

3. To promote women and youth empowerment in communities.

4. To promote communities participation in initiatives towards the development of

    youth, children and young women.

5. To work towards the maintenance of good and healthy stakeholders’ relationship

    based on mutual trust and respect.