Policy Research and Advocacy



Policy Research and Advocacy will enhance Favourable Policy, Legal and regulatory environment for Start-Ups to thrive. This will be done by undertaking policy research on the conditions, importance and effects of Farmers, Cooperatives, Start-Ups and SMEs and using that to rally around Multistakeholders such as Public Institutions, Private Sector, CSOs, Knowledge Institutions, Think-Tanks and Development Partners to enhance visibility for the conditions of Start-Ups and SMEs and the need for transformative change. Events that will be captured in the media, including video and TV series on Start-Ups and SMEs will be vital for this. Sustained evidence based advocacy for policy changes is the only sure hope for meaningful and transformative change for Farmers, Cooperatives, start-Ups and SMEs in Ghana.

  1. Productive and Profitable
  2. Sociable
  3. Sustainable

At the core of all these is corporate capacity; The Capacity of the Company to be productive, profitable, sociable and sustainable within and outside the company. And this Model should reflect in the business design, as a deliberate business strategy. If such a comprehensive and complete approach to business is taken, CSR becomes superfluous because it is in fact already taken care of in the business design so may not be added on as an afterthought. In practical terms this means having economic, social and environmental impact with our business and our client Start-Ups and SMEs from the scratch. It means doing our best to be concurrently productive, profitable, treating people and our environment equitably and fairly with respect to dignity, welfare and rights. This involves how we safeguard company survival, treat people in and out of the business with equality, equity and fairness, and protect our planet and solar system as a true global village, in which what we do in our company affects all other members of the globe directly or indirectly; thus giving meaning to real globalization of competition but also cooperation irrespective of people’s location and social characteristics.

This means that our Company and its clientele should be effective with their economic and financial results but also efficient in the use of  resources, and take good care of the people in the company in terms of fair and equitable compensation, working conditions, health and safety standards; treat people outside the company-Clients and customers with priority, with maximum satisfaction, consumer rights protection, health and safety in mind; and the people in the immediate community, Nation and the World in mind in terms of their stake in company activities, outcomes, negative and positive social and environmental impacts of business; In particular disaggregating company impacts on the different types of people and their special needs in and outside of the business, such as gender, age, geographical and vulnerability criteria.

This Model therefore also affects areas of business that we can have the comprehensive impact as much as possible, such as Food, Energy and Technology sectors or a combination of sectors in a comprehensive manner as indicated in the mix of entrepreneurship modules of SSC. For example  Farmers, Cooperatives, Start-up and SME business focusing on food and aquaculture production, processing and marketing locally and internationally and meeting International certification, premium markets and global standards including ISO if possible, integrating clean energy production and use in our facilities as applicable in Ghana, with relevant international partnerships and the additional Technological transfers and best practices adaptation in the Firm and the Country; claiming carbon   credits and fighting for compensation for environmental services provided by out growers and small holders associated. These fit with SDGs such as goal 9, 12-15 on sustainable production and consumption patterns, protection of environment and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Institute of Certified Management Consultants (ICMC) Ghana, a subsidiary of NGAMANG Group, co-owner of ABI/SSC has developed Social Impact Management Framework, Environmental Impact Management Framework and Vulnerability Outline (Evaluation of Ghana’s Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals,2016-PFD-EU-GIZ). These Tools facilitate assessment, Implementation, Monitoring Evaluation, Management and Reporting of Social and Environmental impacts of Projects and activities or business and organizations. These Tools conform to standards set out by European Investment Bank (EIB) and others in International best practice, and will be used to improve social and environmental management of the projects and its Multistakeholders and participants

Conclusion

In conclusion there is the need to focus on Conditioning Measures for Enhanced Investment Climate for Start-Ups and SMEs. This programme will do a lot to contribute its quota to the conditioning measures required to enhance Investor confidence in Farmers, Cooperatives, Start-Ups and SMEs in Ghana, as ‘there is a need to demystify the investment landscape on the continent and centre the discourse on the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs employ the vast majority of any local labour force and have an integral role in any sustainable growth trajectory. At the International Trade Centre (ITC), we often refer to SMEs as ‘the missing link’ for inclusive growth’ (ITC, 2018). In addition ‘Informality is also a problem: investors cannot invest in unregistered firms, which make up a significant share of African SMEs and cannot raise funds through formal channels.’ (ITC 2018) Moreover, ‘good financial records are needed to prove performance claims’ (ITC2018). All the above efforts at formalizing the Farmers, Cooperatives, Start-Ups and SMEs and making them more accessible and integrated into formal systems and global markets will go a long way to condition an enhanced Investment Climate for Farmers, Cooperatives, Start-Ups and SMEs to develop for shared Growth and sustainable economic development in addressing poverty, providing jobs and incomes and invigorating local and National economies to growth paths of no return.