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[edit] What's at the Accra Office

PEPFAR Materials

All PEPFAR material is also available at both sub-offices.

Information Resource Center (IRC)

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[edit] What's in Accra? (More like, what's not in Accra?!)

It was started in 1992 by Canadian Kathy Knowels. Since then, it has flourished into more than 100 libraries around Ghana. Despite the petite size of the Accra library, it is full of books by Ghanaian authors, popular American children's books, and books the OCL Fund has published themselves. Their books are priced for GHC 3.50 to 5.00 each with the best feature being the pictures of Ghana that fill the pages.
They are open Monday through Saturday (hours ?). It is within walking distance from Danquah Circle in Osu. Walk down the road that Honeysuckle is on (surely a reliable landmark) and turn left at the second intersection and walk for about 10 minutes max. You will pass the School of Journalism and the Kofi Anan Center. It's on your left and it is a bright blue small building. The librarian is a very nice Ghanaian woman named Joana (0246838171).
Visit their website for more information about the organization: Osu Children's Library Fund

[edit] Hotels

[edit] What's at the Kumasi Sub-Office (KSO)

The burgeoning Resource Library and second workstation.
A view of the entire main workstation.

Office Space:


Peace Corps Volunteer Library


The Digital Library Workstation

The Food Security Digital Library is a workstation that can be used to create media (written, video and audio) for volunteer projects, make PDFs using the scanner, and store Peace Corps digital resources and volunteer project files.

The KSO Store

The KSO Store offers an opportunity for PCV's to sell crafts made in their communities to expand the market for Ghanaians. No hassle shopping.

The Kumasi Map was painted by Sunny D and Becky.

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[edit] What's at the Tamale Sub-Office (TSO)

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[edit] Peace Corps Initiatives

[edit] Gender and Youth Development (GYD)

Their mission: Create sustainable solution to gender and youth equality issues by encouraging dialogue, providing GYD resources and promoting country wide linkages.

[edit] Think Tank (Information and Communication Technology Committee)

Their mission: To dissiminate knowledge as effectively as possible to volunteers and Ghanaians alike by utilizing the three aspects of Information and Communication Technology: Computer Technology, Communication Technology and Information Technology (or Knowledge Management).

[edit] Ghana AIDS Projects Committee (GhAP)

[edit] Food Security Action Committee (FSAC)

Their mission: To help PCVs utilize the new resources effectively. Food security is to make nutritious, culturally appropriate food more available for people - either by improving nutrition, improving access to food, or improving food distribution.

[edit] Peace Corps Audio-Visual Club (PCVAC)

[edit] The 'Others' (NGOs)

[edit] NGOs from the United States

[edit] NGOs from Other Countries

[edit] Ghanaian NGOs in Partnership with Peace Corps

[edit] Websites

[edit] Information About Development
This is the webpage for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) project in Ghana
This is the webpage for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project in Ghana
The mission of the Global AIDS Alliance (GAA) is to mobilize the political will and financial resources needed to slow and ultimately stop the global AIDS crisis, and to reduce its impacts on poor countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
The West Africa Trade Hub is a USAID-funded project working under the West Africa Regional Program to make trade happen in 20 countries across the region.
In early 2004, British Prime Minister Tony Blair established the Commission for Africa. This website is the permanent archive of the work of the commission.
This is the webpage for the USAID Mission in Ghana
This United Nations site allows you to search for statistical information for member states of the U.N.

[edit] General Information About Ghana Website for a public-private partnership program between the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development, and the Environment and Maks Publications and Media Services.
On this site, you can learn anything from what time it is in Accra to information about converting currency. Just click on Ghana and go from there. Please note, you must first login to access this site.
This is the State Department’s Web site, which issues background notes periodically about countries around the world. Find Ghana and learn more about its social and political history.
The world factbook provides up-to-date country information.
This online world atlas includes maps and geographical information about countries around the world. Each country page contains links to other sites, such as the Library of Congress, that contain comprehensive historical, social, and political backgrounds.
This site provides an additional source of current and historical information about countries worldwide.

[edit] Languages in Ghana

Peace Corps Ewe Course
Ewe Language and cultural orientation material made by the U.S. Peace Corps for volunteers.

[edit] Connect With Returned Volunteers and Other Invitees at
This Yahoo site hosts a bulletin board where prospective Volunteers and returned Volunteers can come together.
This is the site of the National Peace Corps Association, made up of returned Volunteers. On this site you can find links to all the Web pages of the “friends of” groups for most countries of service, made up of former Volunteers who served in those countries. There are also regional groups who frequently get together for social events and local Volunteer activities.
This site is an independent news forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. It includes an RPCV directory organized by country of service.
This site is hosted by a group of returned Volunteer writers. It is a monthly online publication of essays and Volunteer accounts from countries around the world.
The Ghana Wiki is a repository of all types of information about Ghana. Anyone may add new articles and edit existing ones.

[edit] Online Articles/Current News Sites About Ghana

  7. (maps and facts about Ghana) Twi Language Resources

Language is your key to the culture in Ghana. While many people in the urban areas of the country speak English, communities in the rural areas speak mostly local languages— and so will you! Twi is one of the most widely spoken languages in Ghana, and it will be the first language you will study upon arrival in-country. If you’re interested in getting started on your Twi language skills before departing for Ghana, here are a few resources to try:

  1. Dolphyne, Florence Abena. A Comprehensive Course in Twi Asante for the Non-Twi Learner. Ghana Univ. Pr. Book & Audio Cassette edition (1998)
  2. Dolphyne, Florence Abena. The Akan (twi-fante) Language: Its Sound Systems and Tonal Structure. Ghana Universities Press (1988)
  3. Kotey, Paul F. Let’s Learn Twi: Ma Yensua Twi. Africa World Press (2000)
  4. Kotey, Paul A. Twi-English/English-Twi Concise Dictionary (Hippocrene Concise Dictionary) Hippocrene Books (1998)
  5. Redden, James E. Twi Basic Course. Audio-Forum (1963)
  6. Twi (Audio Cassette) Pimsleur (1997)

[edit] Books

[edit] Recommended Books about Development

  1. Burkey, Stan. People First: A Guide to Self-Reliant Participatory Rural Development. London: Zed Books, 1993.
  2. Friere, Paolo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed 30th anniversary ed., New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000.

[edit] Recommended Books About Ghana

  1. Aidoo, Ama Ata. No Sweetness Here and Other Stories. New York, NY: The Feminist Press, 1995.
  2. Amamoo, J.G. The New Ghana: The Birth of a Nation. Lincoln, NE: Authors Choice Press, 2000.
  3. Appiah, Kwame Anthony. Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.
  4. Birmingham, David. Kwame Nkrumah: Father Of African Nationalism. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press; Rev edition, 1998.
  5. Briggs, Phillip. Ghana: The Bradt Travel Guide, 3rd Edition. Chalfont St. Peter: Bradt Travel Guides, 2004.
  6. Cole, Catherine M. Ghana’s Concert Party Theater. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  7. Gaines, James. 12 Days in Ghana: Reunions, Revelations & Reflections. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2002.
  8. McCaskie, T. C. Asante Identities: History and Modernity in an African Village, 1850-1950. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001.
  9. McFarland, Daniel Miles. Historical Dictionary of Ghana. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, third edition, 2005.
  10. McKissack, Patricia. The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa. Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (1995).
  11. Mikell, Gwendolin. Cocoa and Chaos in Ghana. Washington, DC: Howard University Press; Reprint edition, 1991.
  12. Otoo, David. Authentic African Cuisine from Ghana, 1st Edition. East Orange, NJ: Sankofa Books, 1997.

[edit] Books About the History of the Peace Corps

  1. Hoffman, Elizabeth Cobbs. All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the 1960s. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  2. Rice, Gerald T. The Bold Experiment: JFK’s Peace Corps. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1985.
  3. Stossel, Scott. Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004.

[edit] Books on the Volunteer Experience

  1. Banerjee, Dillon. So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go. Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2000.
  2. Casebolt, Marjorie DeMoss. Margarita: A Guatemalan Peace Corps Experience. Gig Harbor, Wash.: Red Apple Publishing, 2000.
  3. Dirlam, Sharon. Beyond Siberia: Two Years in a Forgotten Place. Santa Barbara, Calif.: McSeas Books, 2004.
  4. Erdman, Sarah. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. New York, N.Y.: Picador, 2003.
  5. Herrera, Susana. Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1999
  6. Hessler, Peter. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. New York, N.Y.: Perennial, 2001.
  7. Kennedy, Geraldine ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, Calif.: Clover Park Press, 1991.
  8. Thompsen, Moritz. Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle. Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1997 (reprint).

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