TradeAID Integrated Theory of Change
Our Theory of Change is premise of the role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) built around indigenous livelihoods in generating income for the poor and therefore reducing poverty. We therefore, have one programme approach built around four (4) pillars namely; Market Access, Financial Intermediation, Business Management Training and Policy Advocacy. Studies have shown that inefficiencies in these four pillars constitute significant constraint to the growth and development of SMEs and consequently their ability to create employment and help reduce poverty. TradeAID Integrated Theory of Change is therefore, to build the capacity of SME operators along these four pillars of Market Access, Business Management, Financial Intermediation and Trade Policy Advocacy so as to improve the performance of SMEs and therefore contribute to poverty reduction. Diagrammatic illustration is provided below:
TradeAID Integrated is a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization that operates from the Upper East Region of Ghana. It is registered by the Registrar General Department and the Social Welfare Department with the following certificate numbers respectively CG151712015/ D.S.D/4355. The organization is managed at two levels by an Advisory Board and a Management Team. The Board consist of seven (7) members made up of five (5) men to two (2) women. The second level of management is what we term the management team. The team consist of the Executive Director, Programmes Manager, all Project Coordinators and the Finance and Administrative Officer. The list of Board Members include:
Mr. Daniel Damkah
Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The King’s Village, an NGO. The organization aim among others to work to transform communities through integrated Christ-centred approach. Prior to this position Daniel has worked over seven (7) years as a branch manager of Barclays Bank now called Absa Bank
Mr. Nicholas Apokerah
Nicholas Apokerah is the founder of TradeAID Integrated. He is currently an International Action Learning MBA candidate with the Business School Netherlands. Nicholas holds B.A (Economics) and a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast - Ghana. In addition, he holds certificates in Small Enterprise Policy and Promotion, Market Access and Sustainable Development, Social Banking, Value Chains and Food Safety in Sub-Saharan Africa and Social Entrepreneurship from a number of International training Institutions among which include; National Institute of Small Industry Extension Training (NISIET - India), Centre for Development Innovation - Netherlands, Western Cape Institute of Agriculture South Africa and the Institute of Social Banking Bochum, Germany. Nicholas is the Executive Director and secretary to the Board.
Mrs Adongo Elizabeth
Mrs Adongo holds Master’s Degree in Education in Textile Fashion and Design Technology from the University of Education Winneba. She currently works as the Gender Desk Officer for the Talensi District of the Upper East Region of Ghana.
Dr. Wak George
Dr. George P. Wak is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Population and Behavioural Sciences at the School of Public Health of the University of Health and Allied Sciences. He joined the University in December 2019. He is a demographer by training and prior to joining the university had worked with the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) for 29 years. Dr. Wak has enormous experience in addressing developmental challenges in Northern Ghana.
Pastor Peter Anoah
Pastor Anoah holds a Degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Cape Coast. He worked for several years as an Agricultural Extension Officer and currently the Founder and Project Coordinator at Sirigu Ecological Initiative for Sustainable Development (SEISUD), Ghana.
Mr. Gumah Yakubu
Mr. Yakubu is a Farmer and Agricultural Educationalist. He was one time best Northern Regional Farmer. He is currently a subject teacher at Walewale Senior High School. He brings to the Board farmers perspective.
Leticia Apokerah is a Social Worker at ADDRO, the development wing of the Anglican Church. She holds a B.A. in Social Work and has over ten (10) years experience in development work.