Bright Generation Community Foundation Elected To Serve On African Union ECOSOC

The Bright Generation Community Foundation one of Ghana’s dynamic non-governmental development organisation’s led by a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum Bernice Dapaah has been officially elected as a civil society representative to represent Ghana at the second Economic,Cultural and Social Council(ECOSOC) General Assembly of the African Union for a four year term.

Established under the provisions of Articles 5 and 22 of the African Union’s Constitutive Act, ECOSOC is the vehicle for building a strong partnership between governments and all segments of African civil society. The Statute of ECOSOC, adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly in July 2004 defines it as an advisory organ of the African Union composed of different social and professional groups of the Member States of the African Union.

The Bright Generation Community Foundation’s current focus is in the areas of Agribusiness,Education and Sports and currently manages the National Free Shoes and Educational Supplies Project that complements the Government of Ghana free school feeding and free uniforms program by distributing over 200,000 brand new shoes and other educational supplies to deprived communities each year.

The award winning Bright Generation Community Foundation is noted for its innovative approach in addressing development issues.The foundation was a recipient of the World Business and Development Award 2012 and the 2014 Islamic Development Bank Award for Women contribution to development for supporting small-holder women farmers in the marginalized communities of Ghana by introducing interest-free agricultural loans, technical support and agricultural inputs towards increasing food production and thereby improving livelihood.

The organization will be represented at the ECOSOC by the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the Foundation Mr Tsonam Cleanse Akpaloo.Mr Tsonam Cleanse Akpaloo a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum holds an MA in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana and has expertise in governance issues,participatory planning,monitoring/evaluation, poverty profiling, social analysis, advocacy, conflict resolution and training/mentoring.

The distinctive character of the African Union’s ECOSOC is that it is an opportunity for African civil society to play an active role in charting the future of the Continent, organizing itself in partnership with African governments to contribute to the principles, policies and programmes of the Union.

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