The Barclays Ghana Citizenship agenda is driven by our Shared Growth strategy - allowing us to tackle social challenges through business models that create shared value for all stakeholders. We offer self-sustaining and scalable solutions to increase access to employment opportunities. These include education and skills building, supporting small and medium enterprises, as well as providing wider and more convenient access to financial services in our communities.

Our shared growth strategy and values

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We aim to make a real and positive impact on the communities in which we operate.

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We aspire to become one of the most respected, trusted and admired universal global banks.

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We endeavor to enhance Barclays brand and reputation and engage our stakeholders.

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We aim to increase colleague participation and facilitate skills development in the projects we undertake.

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Ghana community projects

We are passionate about sustainability, youth development and involving our colleagues every step of the way. Here’s a summary of our recent community projects in Ghana.

  • Shared Growth

    The Shared Growth initiative drives youth employability through education and skills development, enterprise development and financial inclusion in Ghana.

    Over 4,500 young people have already benefited from this youth employability drive, with many more expected to go through the various programmes under Shared Growth.

    The Shared Growth initiative allows Barclays Ghana to use its core assets and expertise to create solutions that have a positive and sustainable impact on the Ghanaian society.

  • ReadytoWork

    ReadytoWork is a partnership between Barclays Ghana, the University of Ghana Counselling & Placement Centre, Enactus Ghana and the British Council. Working together, the partners helps recruit young people, arrange internships and provide monthly progress reports.

    Since its inception the initiative has grown from strength to strength, seeing many young people gain valuable work experience and successfully enter the workforce.

  • Make A Difference Day (MADD)

    Make A Difference Day (MADD), our flagship community event is the single largest community activity on the Barclays Calendar. The aim of MADD is to encourage people to give their time, not their money, to get involved in volunteering and have an impact on the local community.

    It unites colleagues, customers and partners to support the communities in which we live and work with various activities and projects aimed at making a difference in their lives.

  • CARE and Plan

    Barclays, in partnership with international development organisations, CARE International and Plan have launched Banking on Change in Ghana. The three year, £10 million initiative is aimed at reaching over 500,000 people in ten countries across Africa, Asia and South America.

    The focus is on improving the quality of life for poor people by extending and developing access to basic financial services via a savings-led community approach.

  • Junior Achievement

    Barclays Ghana has extended an amount of over $ 30,000 to Junior Achievement (JA) Ghana to deliver JA entrepreneurship and work-readiness education to local young people. The partnership termed Barclays/JA You can b initiative is part of a worldwide drive to provide entrepreneurial opportunities, work readiness and financial literacy to young adults in Barclays centres across Africa.

    The three-year initiative includes innovative workshops and the expansion of JA programmes for selected second cycle schools across the country.

  • Tari No.1 Solar Energy

    Barclays Bank Plc, through its Global Retail and Commercial Banking unit then, donated a grant of $75,000 towards the northern floods relief Programme. The amount, channeled through Red Cross Society and the Ministry of Health, was used to construct a clinic to cater for the health needs of nine communities in the affected area at Tari no.1 in northern Ghana.

    After its completion, staff of Barclays Ghana raised funds to purchase a solar energy system to power the clinic.

  • Afram Plains Development Organisation (ADPO)

    Barclays bank has supported ADPO to set up innovative sustainable water pump systems in rural areas. The goal is to use solar energy as the main source of power to provide water for communities in the Afram Plains. Solar energy is economical for small rural communities. Adding solar energy to power the system is itself unique in the region and will hopefully be extended to other areas.

    We have been very satisfied with the impact of their work in rural area and have seen a remarkable reduction in water-related illnesses and a subsequent increase in school attendance by children who no longer have to travel long distances for water. This solar system will have an even greater impact because it is environmentally friendly.

  • Challenging Heights

    Challenging Heights won the overall Barclays Chairman’s awards in 2006. The founder is an ex-Barclays colleague, and it is one of the few projects tackling child slavery in Ghana.

    The project takes children affected by or engaged in child labour and slavery and provides them with education and vocational training. It has won awards for their positive impact on child slavery and the children’s future as a whole.

    Not only has it helped hundreds of children directly but also sensitised thousands in surrounding communities when it comes to child slavery and labour awareness.

  • Ghana Education Project (GEP)

    GEP provides vocational skills training to children in rural areas. The interesting aspect of this project is the ‘contract’ they have with the children to provide a certain number of hours towards community service in return for the free training and educational trips undertaken and other benefits they derive by being part of the project.

    The NGO also has links with the Wild Life Division, British High Commission and SNV, the Netherlands Development Organisation.

  • Girls Retention Enrolment and Transition (GREAT)

    The GREAT Project aims to retain the girl child in basic education and enable her to exercise her right to education. In the Northern part of the country where many girls leave school to find street jobs in the south, such a project is crucial. This project has been organised by the women running the local government indicating strong local support for the project in the region.

    It has the support of the Ghana Government and is located in one of the poorest regions of the country. Barclays support in tackling an issue that affects both the north and south of Ghana is highly recognised and highly commended. GREAT has reached over 6000 girls.

  • Street Invest

    Street Invest looks at the girls and boys who have left the north and are living on the streets in Accra and Kumasi. Street invest takes a novel approach of attempting to improve the lives of the youth on the street through peer support and street trainers who provide advice, counselling and practical ways of leaving the streets.

    One key aspect aims to introduce savings groups to these children so that they can develop a savings culture and money management skills necessary to survive and leave street life. This is an aspect that Barclays colleagues support the project with through volunteerism. No organisation is currently offering such a service for children on the street and is a first in Ghana.

  • Mentori

    The Mentori project connects mentors from around the globe with SMEs in developing countries. The first pilot Barclays supported in Ghana was to link mentors from the UK Shell Africa network to some of the Barclays Ghana SMEs business club members in Ghana. This added value to our business club members.

    This project helps to extend the mentoring even further to smaller SMEs working with referrals from Ghana Association of Industries, Barclays Business clubs, EMPRETEC business forum and others. With this project Barclays is proving that growth can come about when we harness the power of mentoring internationally to support local SME.

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