Social Transformation Research and Policy Advocacy
Social Transformation Research and Policy Advocacy (STR) is a component of the Resilience Against Climate Change (REACH) project, one of three projects that fall under the EU Programme, ‘Productive Investment for Agriculture in Savanah Ecological zones. The research in Ghana will focus on the Northern Development Authority (NDA) area of operation which is subject to major climate uncertainty that, combined with pressures on the resource base caused by rapid socio-economic and demographic changes, exacerbates rural development challenges and transformations, not least of which are significant gender inequalities and issues of inclusion. Key challenges for people and organizations that support development in the region include the need to better understand the current direction, pace of change in this part of Ghana to assess what the landscapes will look like in the future, and how they will function as well as the nature of human-landscape interactions and drivers of transformation. IWMI with partners will focus on three research streams namely: 1. Methods and strategies for achieving resilience at a community level in case study communities; 2. Migration and youth-specific issues of transformation in the northern region focus areas; 3. Evidence-based gender research focusing on key constraints to positive transformation, and the means to enhance equality and expand economic opportunities for rural women and young people. The research streams will complement other project activities such as capacity building and national dialogues to result in more inclusive and sustainable economic growth policy and programming in Ghana by 2025.